We all use our hands and feet daily. In the recent weeks, I’ve been thinking about my hands and feet, how I’ve used them intensely without even thinking about it. When I need to get to another place, I need to use my feet, and when I need to pour a cup of water, or eat, or even shake hands with other people, my hands comes into play.
I may have taken them for granted until I got an injury to both my hands and feet. My hands had some nerve damage about a month back when I tried to open a really tight bottle cap for my mum; a Fanta 1.5 litre bottle. Those bottles are one of the tightest caps that I’ve ever opened and when both my hands failed to open the bottle cap, I lost strength off them. I was eating my dinner at that time and I couldn’t even use my chopsticks which fell right out of my hands. Ever since then I haven’t been able to do things that requires fine motor skills like opening a sweet wrapper and even carry heavy stuffs which requires a lot of arm strength which in turn after using a burst of strength, I lose all my strength in my hands and I cannot do anything with my hands for quite a long while. That was pretty disastrous as I couldn’t do a lot of things that requires my hands.
And for my legs, I got the injury during my army training. when I was 10 weeks into the specialist course (which I get my 3 stripes at the end of 6 months) I incurred a stress fracture on both my shins. At first I didn’t know it was a stress fracture or if it had anything to do with my bones and assumed that I had pull a muscle somewhere on my leg as it was painful whenever I ran. Soon after it worsened and climbing stairs was painful. I even woke up in the middle of the night due to the pain that came on and off from my shins. So long story short, I didn’t give up my stripes for my injury and by the time I graduated as a sergeant, my injury had worsen. Till this day from 2 years ago, I still have that injury and I cannot run or carry heavy weight. It doesn’t seem to heal.
After that injury, I became more thoughtful of what I carry and giving second thoughts to running (e.g. for the bus). It’s quite scary to think that I cannot do things with my hands or with my feet. Don’t you think so?