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Hi I just joined and wanted to say hello. I'm dawn and I have osteoarthritis in my hands and wrists mostly. I hadm an operation to remove one of the bones in my right thumb and replace it with a piece of tendon because the bone had crumbled. I am in constant pain but i some days it's worse than others. Today it took me a while to open the coffee (mostly using my forearms). It's my day off today. Work's harder these days and I've dropped a day. I'm an artist in my spare time and I've adapted my painting style to compensate. The slow movement helps my joints to not seize up. I hate it when I'm shopping and people are tutting behind me because I'm slow and have to use my forearms to pick up tins because I can't grip heavier objects. The highlight of my week was I got some great scissors that use palm pressure so I can now open bacon!! Hope your days are filled with little triumphs because they keep us going..... Off to make my bacon sandwich have a lovely day 😘

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  • WhileIBreathIHopeWhileIBreathIHope Member - under moderation Posts: 216 Pioneering
    Interesting scissors!
    Hello and sure your find support and understanding here
  • Electricdawn64Electricdawn64 Member Posts: 12 Connected
    Fiskars shears Amazon 🙂
  • thespicemanthespiceman Member Posts: 6,408 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @Electricdawn64   Pleased to meet you welcome.

    Thank you for sharing and joining.

    I am one of the team of community champions. We guide, advise and help new members who join the community.

    I am sorry to hear you are struggling. You have come to the right place for information, support and most important of all friendship.

    You will find members of our community . Who can identify what you are going through and hopefully be in touch.

    We are a friendly community. Please have a look around our website.

    Please if I can suggest have you ever considered on line shopping for your supermarket shop.

    I subscribe to TESCO.  Per month mid week delivery. £3.49.

    Then they can deliver to your home. Carry the shopping into your home no lifting or carrying. Or deliver to your front door use your own bags and boxes.

    I have disability of the hands and do find it a problem lifting and carrying.

    There are other supermarkets does not have to be TESCO. Look on line one near to you.

    One other tip. All jars are sealed with air to release tap the lid of the jar on a kitchen unit . Does help. After a few goes does work.

    Use then hands can turn jar use a floor cloth extra grip.  

    Hope that helps.

    Please I hope you enjoy your time with the community. Please ask if we can help and advise or ask anything.

    Some one will know a member of our community or a member of our team.

    Please take care.

    @thespiceman


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  • Electricdawn64Electricdawn64 Member Posts: 12 Connected
    Thanks I will try this. The shopping thing I pure stubbornness on my part I think 😂
    But you are right
    I may have to start getting the tins and heavy stuff delivered. Good tip about the jars 👍👍
  • AilsAils Community champion Posts: 2,268 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Electricdawn64 and welcome to the Community.  It is nice to meet you and thank you for sharing with us.  I'm sorry to hear of your health struggles.  Your scissors sound helpful and I hope you enjoyed your bacon sandwich!  Yummy!  :smiley:  Your painting sounds interesting.  What kind of things do you paint?  You will find the Community to be a very supportive space with lots of lovely, friendly people on it.  I look forward to reading future posts from you.  Please let us know if there is anything we can help/support you with.  All the best.  :smile:
    Winner of the Scope New Volunteer Award 2019.   :)
  • thespicemanthespiceman Member Posts: 6,408 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @Electricdawn64   Thank you for the art you have done.

    It is amazing love the dog painting remind me of my own dog I once had.

    You have a skill and a talent much admired by me and I am sure others will as well.

    Look forward to more, great to see.

    Please take care.

    @thespiceman


    Community Champion
    SCOPE Volunteer Award Engaging Communities 2019
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  • Electricdawn64Electricdawn64 Member Posts: 12 Connected
    Thank you 😊
    This is the painting of my dog

  • thespicemanthespiceman Member Posts: 6,408 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @Electricdawn64   Thank you for the painting.  What a lovely dog you have.  

    Love the eyes and the pose .  Great .

    @thespiceman
    Community Champion
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  • AilsAils Community champion Posts: 2,268 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Electricdawn64.  Your painting and art work is amazing!  You have a real talent there so well done!  The animals are so life like!  Beautiful dog by the way.  Thanks for showing them to us.  :smile:
    Winner of the Scope New Volunteer Award 2019.   :)
  • pollyanna1052pollyanna1052 Member Posts: 1,999 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi Dawn...oh wow! Your work is so amazing!
    Hope you enjoyed your bacon sarnie!xx
  • Electricdawn64Electricdawn64 Member Posts: 12 Connected
    Thank you Pollyanna, and yes I did x
  • Electricdawn64Electricdawn64 Member Posts: 12 Connected
    Thank you Ails x
  • chiariedschiarieds Community champion Posts: 6,895 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Electricdawn64 - welcome to the community. I too battle with osteoarthrosis, & so pleased to read that you keep your affected joints moving to stop them seizing up.....something I also do, but wish it resulted in lovely pieces of art such as yours! I love your elephants (always had a weakness for them), but hard to resist those doggy eyes, which you have also captured so well. Thank you very much for sharing.

    If you look around this forum & look at the groups, you will see there's one called the 'Coffee Lounge,' within that is one titled 'Kaleidoscope,' where people show photos of their art. I hope you will share your art there too.
  • Electricdawn64Electricdawn64 Member Posts: 12 Connected
    Thank you chiarieds I will take a look 🥰
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing Team, Community Team Posts: 7,940 Scope community team
    Brilliant to have you here @Electricdawn64. Your artwork is fantastic. Really love the elephants! :smile:
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    If you have a few minutes to spare, we'd appreciate your feedback on our online community.
  • chiariedschiarieds Community champion Posts: 6,895 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi again @Electricdawn64 Seems like there's another elephant lover above! Do you have any more elephant artwork? What are you working on at the moment? Hope you've had a good day.
  • Electricdawn64Electricdawn64 Member Posts: 12 Connected
    Thank you Adrian 😊
  • Electricdawn64Electricdawn64 Member Posts: 12 Connected
    Hi again chiarieds, I'm painting a ladies 5 cats for her surprise birthday present and also  some glass painting on jars and making pins for the Christmas fair. 


  • AilsAils Community champion Posts: 2,268 Disability Gamechanger
    They are amazing @Electricdawn64!  So colourful!  You have such a talent.  I love anything with cats on it!  Beautiful!  :smiley:
    Winner of the Scope New Volunteer Award 2019.   :)
  • Electricdawn64Electricdawn64 Member Posts: 12 Connected
  • emilyanneemilyanne Member Posts: 37 Courageous
    hi everyone I'm Emily and I'm new to this website 
  • Electricdawn64Electricdawn64 Member Posts: 12 Connected
    Hi Emily! 😊
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