Comments on: Rheumatoid Arthritis Hand – Safe Handshake http://rawarrior.com/rheumatoid-arthritis-hand-safe-handshake/ Information & encouragement to fight RA Mon, 28 Aug 2017 23:12:11 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 By: Katie G. http://rawarrior.com/rheumatoid-arthritis-hand-safe-handshake/#comment-2347517 Sun, 26 Feb 2017 22:38:42 +0000 http://rawarrior.com/?p=3618#comment-2347517 Thank you for posting this! Fun lly enough, a church this morning is what sent me on a search for a way to handshake that doesn’t hurt! I didn’t think about my sore hand before shaking a fellow parishioner’s hand and then had to explain no, I hadn’t hurt it! (I was embarrassed because I should have avoided the whole thing but just didn’t think.) Thanks for sharing what has worked for you.

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By: keni http://rawarrior.com/rheumatoid-arthritis-hand-safe-handshake/#comment-2226970 Tue, 15 Nov 2016 14:10:21 +0000 http://rawarrior.com/?p=3618#comment-2226970 I’m new to mixed connective tissue disease, which leans toward RA, therefore I’m being treated for both.

I am finding this website so helpful. The “handshake” article is a very creative way to be polite and deal with this painful situation. I often go to business events and tradeshows. To avoid the thousands of handshakes that occur, I purchased an inexpensive wrist splint at the store. People automatically avoid a handshake or do it very gently.

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By: Tony http://rawarrior.com/rheumatoid-arthritis-hand-safe-handshake/#comment-2186330 Mon, 19 Sep 2016 01:41:36 +0000 http://rawarrior.com/?p=3618#comment-2186330 If your still communicating would love to find. I was diagnosed just a year ago.

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By: Cynthia http://rawarrior.com/rheumatoid-arthritis-hand-safe-handshake/#comment-1945685 Sat, 12 Dec 2015 14:13:13 +0000 http://rawarrior.com/?p=3618#comment-1945685 Thanks for these Ideas Kelly. I will certainly practice this on Sunday. There is one elderly gentleman in my church who insists on enveloping me in a bone crushing hug…oblivious to my cries of pain. And there are many other hand crushers as well. With one of my friends, I banned them from hugs. Now he opens his arms wide and I HUG HIM instead…and he keeps his arms wipe open. That has worked pretty well.

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By: What’s In A Name? Rheumatoid Arthritis versus Rheumatoid Disease. http://rawarrior.com/rheumatoid-arthritis-hand-safe-handshake/#comment-1654443 Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:46:34 +0000 http://rawarrior.com/?p=3618#comment-1654443 […] “regular treatment”), Kelly has brought people together to help each other.  From suggesting a RD handshake (as a minister’s wife, Kelly shakes many hands) to researching and writing white papers about the […]

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By: What's In A Name? Rheumatoid Arthritis versus Rheumatoid Disease http://rawarrior.com/rheumatoid-arthritis-hand-safe-handshake/#comment-1453140 Tue, 11 Nov 2014 11:24:59 +0000 http://rawarrior.com/?p=3618#comment-1453140 […] “regular treatment”), Kelly has brought people together to help each other.  From suggesting a RD handshake (as a minister’s wife, Kelly shakes many hands) to researching and writing white papers about […]

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By: jan http://rawarrior.com/rheumatoid-arthritis-hand-safe-handshake/#comment-1424364 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:38:16 +0000 http://rawarrior.com/?p=3618#comment-1424364 Thank you very much for a great alternative! Now I don’t have to explain every time why I don’t want to shake hands.

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By: Sally http://rawarrior.com/rheumatoid-arthritis-hand-safe-handshake/#comment-1174617 Tue, 20 May 2014 22:18:26 +0000 http://rawarrior.com/?p=3618#comment-1174617 My already-affected right hand was crushed badly in a handshake and I sat almost crying in pain for the next 2 hours but later it faded from my mind. Fast forward 8 months… visiting my consultant who was shocked at the deterioration in the ulnar deviation of my fingers on that hand. “How long has it been getting like this?” “About 8 months.” 《Ping! Light bulb moment!》Too late to sue the solicitor who ’caused’ the damage… 2 months later I had MCP joint replacements in all 4 fingers. That was 2 years ago and now I don’t shake hands with anyone… I always say “Nice to meet you; sorry, I don’t shake hands… too painful!” Sometimes people ask why so I explain but normally they don’t bother.

THANKS so much for this blog… it’s really great for sharing ideas and hearing how others cope… very empowering.

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By: Dianna http://rawarrior.com/rheumatoid-arthritis-hand-safe-handshake/#comment-1038296 Sat, 22 Feb 2014 03:58:03 +0000 http://rawarrior.com/?p=3618#comment-1038296 I empathize with your hand shaking at church.I attend church too & have had my sore RA fingers hurt by hand shaking. Instead of shaking hands which hurts my fingers,I do the fist bump & explain that my fingers are sore.I also wear gloves which helps me to keep my hands more germ free which is important with an autoimmune disease.

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By: Cecilia http://rawarrior.com/rheumatoid-arthritis-hand-safe-handshake/#comment-695092 Fri, 09 Aug 2013 18:20:22 +0000 http://rawarrior.com/?p=3618#comment-695092 I invented my own handshake. I put my hand out cupped knuckles up and grasp their hand softly. It works! After too many accidental crushes i came up with this solution. It also makes a less “germy” contact which i am conscious of since being on orencia and other biologics.

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