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Monday, October 14

{Review} The UGLee Pen

The UGLee Pen (The Ultimate Grip Pen by Dr. James Lee) , an ergonomic pen, is good for anyone who writes (even just a grocery list), and is especially helpful to people who experience pain and discomfort when writing, for example those with Arthritis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, etc., and for all children who are learning to write and are developing fine motor skills. It is also helpful for special-needs children who find holding a pen or pencil properly difficult. And for high-school and college students who have to take copious notes, this pen helps keep hands and fingers from cramping. 

 I work on the computer more than I write so when I received The UGLee Pen for review, I really wanted my daughter to use it and give me her opinion of it. My daughter is 16 years old and in the 11th grade and to say she writes an extreme amount would be putting it mildly.   And because of her hand problems, I was excited for her to try The UGLee Pen.

You see, my daughter was born with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in both wrists. When she was 2 years old, I noticed that both of her hands would get "locked" in a fist, especially when she slept. She was not able to open her hands herself and I would have to physically open her hands and when I did there would be a popping sound.  

When we went to see her pediatrician, she recommended a specialist.  The specialist recommended surgery but because he was deploying to Iraq and would not be able to follow up, he wanted us to see a colleague of his at another hospital.  His exact words were "If I had to have hand surgery, I would want him to operate on me.  He's the best!"  So off to the second specialist we went.  

After x-rays we discovered that she had an over growth of tendons and ligaments in her wrist that had caused her hand to "lock".  The doctor commented that her wrists looked like a 60 year old factory worker that had been working at the same repetitive job all their life not a 2 year old's.  We also found out that because of the masses, growth in her thumb of her right hand had been stunted and it was shorter than her left thumb and had limited mobility.

   He also wanted to do surgery on both hands but wanted to wait a year or so because of her age.   She had her first operation on her right hand when she was 4 and her second on her left hand when she was 7 years old and in the second grade.  The doctor advised at her surgery follow-up that if her shortened thumb kept her from doing any activity, that he could do another surgery to increase mobility by wrapping a tendon from the back of her hand across her palm into her thumb to help with movement and gripping but he wanted to wait until her early teen years to get an idea how much of a hindrance it caused, if any.


Over the years, she has learned to compensate for the shortened thumb.  She can button a button, write, type and pretty much do anything that she needs to.  Although her grip is definitely compromised, it is not so much that she feels she has to have surgery to correct it.  But because of her "baby" thumb (as she calls it) and the way she has to hold her pen, her hand would start to hurt very quickly and she had to take frequent breaks when she was writing.  

She mostly uses her UGLee Pen at school to take notes.  It feels comfortable in her hand and provides cushioning on her thumb.   It was awkward at first because of the size of the pen but she quickly got used to that and uses it for all her writing at school.  Her hand doesn't hurt or cramp and she can write without having to take breaks.   She doesn't dread writing anymore and is able to complete her assignments and note-taking in school with ease.

I would especially recommend this for anyone who has experienced hand fatigue and pain when writing.  My daughter loves it! 

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  1. I should really try that! I was diagnosed with arthritis in my hands just after I graduated from college. The pinching I have to do with my hand (like holding a pen) causes me a lot of pain so I have to use really fat pens. The UGLee pen sounds great!

    1. It works great for my daughter. You should really try it!


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