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scottm

A new hobby or is it therapy

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I've probably mentioned that in my last life I was an engineer but now find that my ability to think things through and do the math is, well, beyond me. I  look at the page and the numbers don't mean much to me and my typing skills totally suck. This will probably take me an hour to type.

I've always been a spatially oriented person, one of the reasons I was an expert diver was my ability to think in 3 dimensions. That particular ability still exists in me if a bit restrained, more so by fear of exceeding my abilities. Talking with my nephew who is a mechanical engineer I got interested in CAD a few months ago and was able to start exercising those spatial skills without having anyone worry about me doing some reckless physical thing.

So, I bought a 3D printer, a thermoplastic extrusion machine that prints plastic in 100 micron layers. This allows me to design things then actually print them into existence, right now I'm making the trophy's for this weekends kite flying contest.

Here is what it looks like.

I find it therapeutic, it makes me think in ways I still struggle with but time and tenacity I have in abundance, after-all it's not like I can spend the time dancing or something. :)

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Scott, all hobbies are therapy! It's one reason the OTs make such a big deal of getting you going on your hobbies again before discharge (at least in inpatient rehab they do).

I believe there is even research that shows you brain will be more plastic in adapting to something you enjoy doing.

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I remember in when I was in the inpatient rehab, one of the therapists asked me if I would be interested in painting a basic birdhouse as part of recreational rehab. My wife was there and ever so quietly and nicely said, "he used to make furniture for relaxation" never got an offer to go back to that room or therapist. 

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Scott,

WTG!  I think it's fantastic that you've found something you like to do! 

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I used to make cards.

I've started again and loving it. I've had to adjust big time the way I make them, but it's all good.

I'm just glad I can do something that I love.

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That's great Janelle. It is nice to do something that makes us think.

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I like getting into that zone where I do not notice time pass  and I feel completely absorbed into creativity and being.

That's living.

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I find that creating and getting lost in it is wonderful too. On that point Scott I think you could say that both hobby and therapy fits. My hobbies are really therapeutic to me.

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Scott, I looked at the video you posted, and all I can say is "Wow"! I admit that I probably did not understand all that I was seeing, but it seemed to require a lot of precision. Good for you,too, in being open to trying something new. Becky

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Becky I second that! Scott this really is fascinating. Technology is growing sooooo fast and to be able to have this for your own personal use is amazing!

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3D Printers are cool.  Autodesk is located here in the Bay Area.  They were leaders in CAD, Maya and in the 3D Printing Space. I have seen some artist quality 3D Printed designs in the SF Office.  Amazing.  It is right out of Star Trek.  Sounds like a great hobby. 

 I wonder whether your struggles in "thinking through" and "math skills" is in a large part due to vision issues. I think that you have vision issues like me with nystagmus and double vision.  I have significant issues with my vision especially reading distance acuity.  It really hinders reading comprehension.  Math skills are still primarily vision based.  If you are having the vision problem, it will make it a lot more difficult.  I have prism glasses.  They missed having prism for the close distance correction so I was seeing warped and ghost images.  I made a second pair has the 2nd prism for reading distances.  Some improvement but I still have problems reading distance issues. 

Vision has a primary role in cognitive function probably more so than the other senses.  I think that it is why occipital lobe is one of largest brain lobes. Since reading is so difficult (more like uncomfortable) , I am trying to rely more on auditory (I also have problems here) for general comprehension.

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A new hobby that is therapeutic. 

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wow looks like water sports. I miss being on boats. speed boats or a canoe. fishing or watching fireworks or paddling with ducks. I miss oceans and lakes.  I miss a kayak.

 I guss those days are ove. I long to be on water again and feel wind on me. I sit outside to feel ocean air. I live a block from the beach.

 

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Fingers Crossed Pam if you get a chance look up your local chapter of the Disabled Surfers Association.  I too was really missing the water.  Then I found the Disabled Surfers.  Here they run several practical days each summer and get people of all levels of ability out in/on the water.  I did a blog about my last session

 

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This is actually helping me some. I find myself concentrating more because of the CAD tools I'm using and the precision required. I think it is helping with some of the spatial issues when I have to try and visualize how parts will go together. Math is still a struggle but each day starts with a clean slate to improve upon.

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11 minutes ago, scottm said:

This is actually helping me some. I find myself concentrating more because of the CAD tools I'm using and the precision required. I think it is helping with some of the spatial issues when I have to try and visualize how parts will go together. Math is still a struggle but each day starts with a clean slate to improve upon.

This is why I like this board.  Members like you coming up with your own DIY therapy.  Learning is the fountain of you.

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I've gone from being a good fast typist to a one finger typist. Frustrating but I am getting faster. You are still building on your inherent skills. That is exciting. Therapists come in all shapes and sizes, some better than others. I wish someone would have given me a paint brush in rehab.  All I got was a broom and a mop.  ;)

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2 minutes ago, Pearls said:

I've gone from being a good fast typist to a one finger typist. Frustrating but I am getting faster. You are still building on your inherent skills. That is exciting. Therapists come in all shapes and sizes, some better than others. I wish someone would have given me a paint brush in rehab.  All I got was a broom and a mop.  ;)

 

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I share my colored pencils, and cutting is good fine motor therapy. visual therapy is harder to find but go outside.

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Scott, watched your video. So cool.  I used to work in the Auto Industry here in Detroit area and 3D printing has been used for a lot of stuff so very familiar with it.  I had thought to get a printer and try to do stuff like that too.  Maybe not right now, but could be a year of so away to try. 

Making things like that still seems hard for me to tackle.

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very nice design there/. I am in a VW forum where a member makes medallions for our cars, they are great.We had a 3d machine where I taught computer skills to kids, but it did not get used unfortunately. The art teacher was overly ambitious.

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