Do you have a bionic arm? You look like a Transformer! These are some of the comments I get when I wear my MyoPro.
From a young age, I was always telling everyone “I do it myself”. While that statement holds true, these days it looks a little different.
I have a Brachial Plexus Injury (BPI). There are many degrees of Brachial Plexus injuries, mine affected my left arm resulting in the loss of use from the elbow down.
I took my arm for granted. Hey, I’ll admit it. The thought never occurred to me that I would have to navigate the 2nd half of my life one handed.
- I cried. I’m talking ugly cry
- I prayed
- I worked hard both mentally and physically
- I started to see results
Then it happened (not overnight, mind you) but it was there alright, Independence. A sliver of what used to be but a glimpse into what could be.
While I still couldn’t do it all myself, hope came to me in the form of a Myopro. It is an orthotic that I wear on my arm that has a motorized assist to help me bend my arm so that I can carry things and also a hand portion that allows me to have a grasp.
I still can’t use my arm like I did before but it sure makes it easier to “do it myself”.