It is grip strength. .. and painful to hold a pen or pencil for long. We made cloth mask and my husband did all the cutting. He had trouble understanding how I needed everything placed together. That was a bit painful lining the fronts, backs and interfacing together. The pinching motion the worst. The sewing itself with the machine was only difficult in turning the hand wheel to get started.
I am back to doing most of my chores. We hand wash dishes.. no place for a a dishwasher without losing much needed cabinet space… and I can wash them when there is nothing heavy. The turning of the dishes to wash and rinse makes my hand achy.. but the warm water feels good to my hand. My husband isn't good about checking pockets before placing clothes in the hamper. I find it a bit hard searching the pockets.. my hand either has to do the searching or the holding. It is getting easier, but as always healing is too slow for me. I get too impatient.
I think the Tai Chi exercises will help me keep my balance. I work a little on balance with various little exercises (some which are in the video.. didn't know I knew how to do any Tai Chi 😁) when I take the dog out.. but know I need to work more on it. My neighbors probably think I look quite silly doing those exercises.. and I don't care. The dog used to give me “what are you doing looks”. Now he thinks his sister is just crazy. He is my mom's dog. She is 92 and in a nursing home.. Ziggy (mini poodle) will be 10 in September. They miss each other. The phone just isn't the same as visits. I love my little furry brother.