First Exacerbation Progress: Fine Motor Control Improving! September 11, 2010

I am really excited, for the fine motor control in my left hand is finally showing major signs of improvement! I had mentioned a little while ago that I was able to clip my keys to the back of my jeans for the first time in awhile. Then I had mentioned that I was able to make myself breakfast, both nothing short of improvement. Today however I have noticed a much greater milestone in the progress of returning fine motor control to my left hand.

Music has always been an important part of my life, though I never really invested the time to actually learn music I still play a little here and there. As I mentioned before, I first started noticing a drop in fine motor control when I could no longer play the guitar. I’m right-handed so my left hand is in charge of the frets, which in my opinion, is much more intricate than the job of the right-hand.

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Right now I am trying to find ways to monitor my progress on a more technical basis, for example, I have a printout of a peripheral vision tests that I’m going to make copies of so I can monitor the progress of my eye sight. As I was sitting down thinking of how I could monitor and record progress in my hand, I decided to grab my brothers guitar off the wall (mine needs new strings lol). To my amazement, I realized I could hit a basic bar chord! It took some focusing and it was not smooth but I was able to get my fingers where they needed to be which is what’s important because when my hand was at its worst, I had zero coordination. I physically would have been in capable of doing what I did today no matter how hard I focused.

Then it came time to bust out the keyboard, throw some new batteries in, and test it out. Awesome! Again, not smooth, but technically I can use my hands to create music, feels good! So though this is hardly technical, I now have my own means of personally monitoring the progress of my fine motor control: the closer I get to being able to finish a song the closer I am to recovery! The day I awake to find that I can actually play a song from start to finish without screwing up will be a happy day! And I definitely plan on putting a little more effort into learning music.

On another less musical note, I am noticing there may be some changes in my eyesight over the last couple of days. Without my glasses my vision is still just as blurry (so it seems) and with my glasses my vision is still better than without them. However, I’m noticing that my eyes are starting to hurt the way they did when I first got my glasses and my eyes were trying to adjust to the prescription. I am not sure what this means, but it’s quite possible that my eyes are slowly getting better resulting in the pain I’m going through now as I struggle to adjust to a lens that is now not 100% the proper prescription. Again, glasses still help, but it feels like my eyes are starting to struggle again to adjust, so I guess we will have to wait and see. In the mean time I will monitor my vision without my glasses using a peripheral vision test I have at home, that way I will have physical evidence of my progress for myself and any doctor who may be interested in reviewing my documentation.

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  Please do not sue me for using this image! Just trying to pay my respects!

2 Responses to First Exacerbation Progress: Fine Motor Control Improving! September 11, 2010

  1. Charlotte says:

    Hi Matt – Larry and I are reading your blog with great interest. AND we're really happy at the progress that you're making. Our friend, Patricia has MS, no computer, and I'm printing out your entries for her. She asked me to tell you that, believe it or not, Multiple Sclerosis For Dummies is the best info book she's read.

    Charlotte

  2. Matt Allen G says:

    Hi! I will have to check that book out, between my mom and I, we bought about 10 books so far not to mention I have downloaded about 30 off the Internet. Lots of reading to do…

    Anyways, I think it is really cool that your friend is interested in my writing. I took today off because I was spending time with a friend whom I rarely see, but I will resume my writing first thing tomorrow, I hope to post an interesting article soon. I have lots of ideas for my blog and I hope it will grow soon! I just can't write as fast as I would like to LOL Especially when I'm not only working on this blog but also a novel and screenplay LOL, wanna-be writer, have all the time the world now…

    Anyways, thanks for the comment and following my blog! Hope all is well! -Matt

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