The past two weeks Jake and Hannah have been asked repetitively, "why are you wearing splints"? I think they have had mixed emotions about wearing their splints. Initially, it was kinda cool and they could take it on and off, as desired. But within a few days it became uncool to have splints and only a visual reminder about "Mr. Aurthur". They have talked about and rehearsed as to what they'll tell their friends. I have done my best to encourage them to tell the truth--- "tell them you have arthritis and this splint is to help with my pain". Many adults have even questioned me about why Jake and Hannah both are wearing splints with arthritis. What people may not understand is that splints help keep joints in the correct position and relieve pain. When Jake and Hannah's joint is becoming deformed (bent in the wrong position) or it is at risk for it, a splint may help position or stretch the joint gradually back to its normal position or try to keep it in a normal position.
|Hannah wearing her wrist splint & ring finger splints|
|Jake thought it was neat how his splint was costumed made|
|Jake sporting his day time splints.|
|Not as comfy as they look!|
Not sure how compliant kids have been wearing their splints as ordered by their rheumatologist. Jake is now asking "can he wear just one splint at night or can he skip it tonight?" Hannah has lost a ring splint from last week's dance class. I have already heard the many excuses as to why they don't want to wear their splints. Some of these complaints include: it's uncomfortable, sweaty, hot, can't write with them, can't drink with them, can't wash hands with them, the fastners get hooked on clothing, it hurts more. The biggest complaint is the appearance of the splint generates many comments from people (friends and adults).
This makes Jake and Hannah feel different from others!