Helping Hand

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Hamburger Helper HandThis morning, as I was on my way to physical therapy, I noticed that my hands were much more swollen than usual. They reminded me of something, but I couldn’t quite put my (puffy) finger on it.

My physical therapist greeted me at the door, and she too quickly noticed how swollen my hands were. On most days she asks me what area we should focus on: feet, knees, hands, elbows, or shoulders?

Today, she didn’t even ask – she just started working on my hands right away.

By this point, the inflammation was so bad that my fingers were beginning to curl into a half fist. I looked at my hand closely, and once again a vague image from the past started coming into my thoughts. As quickly as this image appeared, though, it also disappeared.

On my way home, after ninety minutes of physical therapy and a quick stop at the grocery store, I was on my way home. And then it happened: the Hamburger Helper commercial from the late 70s/early 80s popped into my head.

For those of you who may not be familiar with this commercial, it had a character called “Helping Hand”. “Helping Hand” was an animated puffy hand, with his face in the middle of the palm area. (Odd, I know.)

So from now on, every time my hands get this swollen, I’m immediately going to think of the Hamburger Helper “Helping Hand”. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry!

Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!