I’m Designing A Product!

Hello my lovelies,

Obviously I’m not going to say too much at this time, but I am really excited to say that I am designing a product! Now I know, a kink blogger like me, it’s going to be all sex toys and whips, right? Wrong! This product is aimed at helping people with manual dexterity issues, like yours truly 🙂

The backstory

In 2001, I was playing badminton with my gran. I’ve had some issues all of my life, but for the most part, I was a typical, healthy 12 year old. In that time, I played basketball at school and I used to love going to the local park to shoot some hoops with my gran and brother. Then one day, while trying out badminton, disaster struck.

The shuttlecock went really close to the ground and ,me being the competitive person that I am, decided to go low and hit it back into the air. As I did, the racquet caught on the ground, pulling my right hand back on itself, spraining the muscles and damaging my median nerve.

Shortly after that, I was assessed for a broken arm or muscle damage. The pain continued and I continued to have issues with certain tasks, things like cutting up food, opening lids and caps or using tin openers and ice cream scoops. Holding a pen was very painful so I needed a laptop from the special needs unit to carry on my work at school which they were very reluctant to do, putting my overall education in jeopardy. Anything that involved pressure on my wrist or or a twisting motion would hurt severely.

In 2002, I was diagnosed with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, or by its new name, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. I was referred back to the local hospital for occupational therapy and started treatment almost right away. I needed to adjust to my new reality and I needed all kinds of gadgets to help me. I was given so many tools to maintain a normal life that it felt a bit like an unwanted Christmas, and I felt a bit guilty. If I hadn’t gone for that lower shuttlecock, then none of this would have happened.

A little about my product, and the inspiration

Two weeks before my PIP appeal, I went to put some laundry on. One of the things I noticed was that the detergent bottle hurt my hand. I had a look online for something to make my life easier and, sadly, nothing exists. That was when, I decided, if this product doesn’t exist – then I’d have to develop the product myself!

The concept itself is frighteningly simple. Even for someone who is known for being creative, elaborate and articulate, this little piece of kit seems very basic. If it works and it sells, then it has the potential to change the life of not just myself and those with CRPS, but the lives of anyone who struggles with manual dexterity.

Stay tuned for more – you just never know what this little lady might do next! 😉

Hugs & kinky cuddles,

Elena xx

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