Holding a fork and spoon without moving your fingers may seem impossible, but this quadriplegic has great tips.
Eric weaves the fork through his fingers to balance it. If he’s eating something tougher, he uses two hands, one holding the fork and the other pushing the fork downwards to add more pressure. When he has food that requires cutting like a steak, he asks the chef to cut it into bite sized pieces for him.
“If you need help, you got to ask for it. People won’t know what you need, until you tell them. There is nothing wrong with asking for help when you need it."
When it comes to using a spoon, Eric’s hand posture is slightly different – his palm faces up and the spoon rests between his fingers. “It’s really about adapting overtime,” he says. When he’s having soup, he finds the fastest way is just to drink from the bowl. Just be careful not to spill on yourself!
Eric also demonstrates opening a container. Since most plastic container lids now have a cap protruding out, it’s easy for Eric to use his thumb to push up the lid. “If you can try to do things on your own, that will train you to be more independent,” he advises.
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