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Oct 4 2012

Can You Find Mayim’s Hand in Tonight’s TBBT?

By at 9:38 am

Mayim Bialik's hand The Big Bang TheoryAlthough the season premiere of The Big Bang Theory aired last week, this week’s episode will be the premiere episode after my car accident. Specifically, this episode will be the first of five episodes and counting of hiding not only my injury, but the various gloves, finger SPANXes, and splints that I’m using. I thought I’d share some behind-the-scenes tidbits of what it’s been like hiding my dominant right hand all of these weeks.

1. Script – Our writers have been very careful to not give my character any plotlines that involve lifting or carrying. In an upcoming episode, it’s actually required that I draw on a white board, but since I’m fairly dexterous with my left hand, we made it work.

2. Blocking – The director of The Big Bang Theory, Mark Cendrowski, helps me plan my movement in every scene so that my hand is either upstage, i.e. away from the cameras, or hidden. We’ve successfully hidden my hand in its gloved and splinted state behind boxes, board games, and various containers. As you will see in many episodes, it often hangs out of sight under tables and desks.

3. Wardrobe – Since I still can’t get myself dressed at home, I have a lot of assistance getting dressed at work. No, I don’t make my husband come to work every time I have a wardrobe change, but our wardrobe department has a team of wonderful women and I’m very grateful to Jane, who has gotten me dressed for the past seven weeks. Amy Farrah Fowler always wears stockings, but to save Jane the experience of hiking tights up over my body every week, the wardrobe department has made me thigh-high versions of all of Amy’s tights. This makes it a much more dignified experience for both me and Jane. For the first five weeks or so of my injury, we had to cut open certain sleeves of the shirts I wore, but now that I can remove the splint for periods of time and I’m wearing a sleeker fingerless compression glove, we simply have me wearing bulkier shirts that fit over my still-swollen hand.

4. Anxiety – After an accident such as mine, there’s a lot of anxiety about the injury, about its healing, and about the pain that, although less persistent, can and does still occur. For this reason, I wear my splint whenever I’m on set and as the weeks go on, I’ll be able to wear it less, but for now, I still walk around with a sense of nervousness about it.

I’m very grateful to our writers, our director, our wardrobe department, all of our producers who are so caring and supportive, and our cast, who knows that in any scene with me, they have to do the heavy lifting, as it were.

So, enjoy tonight’s episode and look for all the creative ways that my hand is hidden!

To read more about my accident, you can catch up on how I got dressed for the Emmys and all the interesting gloves I’ve had to wear.

Sep 13 2012

This Letter is Making Me Cry

By at 4:38 pm

mailboxThis letter is from the neighbor of a good friend. It’s making me weep, so I wanted to share it with you all.

Hi Mayim,

I met you a few weeks ago on Shabbat when you spoke at B’nei David. I was the one whose son had dislocated his elbow earlier that day. Read the rest of this entry →

Sep 7 2012

The Jewish Take on My Car Accident

By at 1:55 pm

mayim bialik hand injury emmy-nominatedIt’s been three weeks since the car accident I had which damaged my right hand and set me on a course of several months of recovery, lots of lying on the couch, and more negotiating with dosages of acetaminophen and ibuprofen than I care to discuss.

I have written about the accident cursorily and somewhat lightly: how I removed my false eyelashes in the ambulance, made jokes about desires for tummy tucks with my plastic surgeons who repaired my hand, and the breathing and meditative techniques of natural labor I utilized to manage pain and fear. But my religious identity has pursued me–or I it–throughout this ordeal, and I have a desire to write about some of the more complex aspects of the accident and recovery as an observant Jew. Read the rest of this entry →

Sep 5 2012

Injury Update: Call Me Mistress Glove

By at 4:13 pm

mayim bialik hand cast car accident injuryIt’s time for an injury update. Typed with my left thumb, of course.

1. Pain? Yes. Stabbing, burning, dull, sharp, searing? Yes. Grumpy and frustrated? Yes.

2. My right hand has had a wardrobe change. We’ve moved from two finger SPANX to an entire glove of a SPANX-like masochistic material. It’s kind of cool looking if you think about it long enough and let your focus go blurry. I look like a comic book superhero villain. Mistress Glove, my husband has named me. It’s for swelling and pain, by the way. And it scares my younger son. Read the rest of this entry →

Aug 27 2012

Mayim Bialik Here, Typing with My Left Thumb

By at 12:42 pm
Mayim Bialik's hand

My new finger Spanx.

Mayim here with an update, not dictated. Typed with left thumb.

1. I have two fingers still very swollen. The hand Dr gave each swollen finger a miniature sleeve. Each looks like a tiny finger SPANX. Kind of adorable.

2. Speaking of SPANX, I was on Access Hollywood Live! today and my husband helped me get dressed. He at 6′ and more strength than my stylist was an excellent SPANXer. He basically shook me into that cozy sausage casing of an undergarment. Not adorable, but efficient and worthy of a giggle.

3. I’m still in pain. But I’m stronger every day.

4. My 4-year-old keeps asking me to play. I tell him I can’t. But Friday he suggested, as if it hadn’t occurred to me, “Mama, play one hand.”

5. Had a very healing Shabbat. Surrounded by friends and kids. On Sunday I napped. I got my stitches out. I had a wonderful acupuncture session.

That’s my update. More later, when FAB (Fancy Assistant Brandon) and I get to work.

Aug 20 2012

Mayim Bialik’s Accident Recap

By at 12:34 pm

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I am dictating this to my fancy assistant Brandon. For the next several months, I won’t be able to type and he will be my hands.

In case you live under a rock, I was in a significant car accident last week. Thank GodI’m going to be okay. I have all of my fingers. I can even feel all of them. I can move all of them, too.

Although there is nothing funny about what happened to me, there are several things I’d like to share with you that may make you laugh and that’s okay. If they don’t make you laugh, that’s also okay. Read the rest of this entry →

Aug 17 2012

I Had an Accident & Thank God I’m Okay

By at 12:28 pm

mayim bialik car accident kveller.comLefty typing…

I had a horrible accident. I will be okay. I have all my fingers but a very impaired right hand. It was very bloody and scary but I am ok. A man named Tim and another man whose name I don’t know saved me from losing a lot of blood and helped me talk to my husband at the scene. I am grateful to them.

I am a deeply religious person who used prayer and deep breathing to keep me going all the way from the accident to the ER to surgery 6 hours later, no medication until surgery. Read the rest of this entry →

Aug 16 2012

Mayim is Okay!… And a Little Bit Raunchy

By at 11:10 am

Kveller here, hijacking Mayim’s blog to let you all know that Mayim is home from the hospital–all fingers intact–recovering from her car accident in LA yesterday. Thank god she’s okay! She’s even set to go back to work today, which has the Jewish mother in us saying, “No, no, get some rest!” but there’s no stopping that girl, right?

In the meantime, if you didn’t get a chance to catch her on The Soup last night, you’ll definitely want to check out this clip by clicking the photo below. It’s called “Mayim Bialik Oozes Sex Appeal” and, well, enjoy:

About Mayim

Mayim Bialik is the grandchild of immigrants from Eastern Europe and the mother of two young boys. She is best known for her lead role in the 1990s NBC sitcom Blossom, as well as her current role as Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS' The Big Bang Theory.

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