“The handle and the weight plays a part,” says Eric a tetraplegic who lost the mobility of his fingers after being paralyzed in an accident. At home, he uses plastic cups with handles, which are lighter and make it easier for him to carry. He uses his thumb to hook on the handle and drink.
However, not all places have handles, but Eric doesn’t need to worry. When a cup doesn’t have a handle, he uses his wrists, which is called tenodesis. When he bends his wrist, his fingers close up which allows him to get a good grip on the cup. If he decides to reposition the cup, he places it on his palm and he gets a good grip again. “It can be a challenge sometimes…If you can’t do it, gets a straw. Make life easy for yourself,” Eric says with a smile on his face.
There are gadgets or special cup holders to help people with difficulties to hold a cup, but Eric prefers to keep his life simple by trying to adapt to what he has rather than get adaptive devices. “If you really need it then you got to get. Don’t make difficult for yourself,” he advises.
Want another perspective on holding a cup without moving your fingers? Watch this method.