I was born with Cerebral Palsy, but it’s not a big part of my life. I live rather normally, but sometimes CP just gets in the way. I have a hard time chopping veggies. I can’t really peel apples. A few years ago, I learned that I could chop zucchini, yellow squash, and Italian eggplant and make a very nice locally grown summer dish without much bloodshed. Fresh tomatoes, Basil and Oregano are the best! I made this dish on Thursday night and realized that my knives were in dire need of honing. Honing was my second thought. My first was throwing my seven-year old knife set out (or across the room) and getting new.
So I got out the book and saw that honing does involve two hands as well. NOOOOO! I watched videos and tried it. I was able to do the one side fine, but it was the switching that messed me up. Hopefully, I didn’t completely destroy my knives.
As I am thinking about the upcoming tasks I am a little afraid. I didn’t attempt to make bread or a pie crust from scratch. I want to make a quilt out of my old tee-shirts, but I don’t want it to look like a second grader did it. I want to knit a scarf, yet I know my left hand will not cooperate. I am not a crafty person. I write and decorate.
My Grandpa was an Eagle Scout and he showed me how to do “one-handed” crocheting with an old camp rope when I was a kid. It was a long chain of continuous Boy Scout slip knots. This was a great distraction for me on our long road trips to Arkansas and Texas and, later, South Carolina. Once I got through the whole skein of yarn I would double and triple it. The bad thing about this is that it did not produce anything of use. It just ended up in a ball under my bed. I would love to make something that I could use and enjoy.
The key to living independently with Cerebral Palsy is to have a good support system. Sometimes I just have to ask for help. Sometimes it’s fun to try it by myself first.
On the cooking with grease task. I did not do it. My waistline still hasn’t forgiven me for learning how to make homemade Mac and Cheese!