Breaking the silence - Baxil [bakh-HEEL'], n.
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Breaking the silence|Things That I've Discovered Are More Difficult To Do With A Cast On Your Arm
- Flip pages of large books
- Drive (impossible in a stick shift)
- Type (this entry's being made one-handed)
- Play musical instruments (most are impossible)
- Pick up cats
- Spread cheese on crackers
- Cut steak
- Put on a pair of headphones
- Wear sweaters, pullovers, cardigans, long-sleeved shirts, etc
- Use pasta drainers/strainers
- Take showers (can't get the cast wet)
- Have sex
- Fold laundry
- Make a bed
- Use zippers
- Apply deodorant
- Talk on the phone
- Focus a camera
- Retrieve items from pockets
- Clip fingernails
- Sleep comfortably
- Get through the day without explaining how my arm got broken
And, yes: for anyone who hasn't seen it yet, this
is the reason I haven't been answering my e-mail.
Current Mood: discontent
Current Music: Gregorian Chants, "Laetatus Sum"
Tags: misc life updates
|Date:||May 13th, 2002 06:04 pm (UTC)|| |
*huggles her brother tightly and not in the owie bits* Geezuz christ boy! *snuggles*
|Date:||May 13th, 2002 07:33 pm (UTC)|| |
I broke my humerous right below the shoulder. I hear you there. I did learn a lot of things. I can tie the shoe of a four year old one handed. I can give a baby some limited range of motion excersizes, and I can eat with chopsticks on my non dominant hand.
As far as bathing with the cast goes, get a plastic lawn garbage bag and some rubber bands. Stick your broken arm in the bag and have someone put the rubber bands above the cast. In your case, I woudl reccomend on the bicep. It looks weird, and the rest of the arm that isnt bagged will have to be washed off with a damp cloth, but its better than nothing. I was in a splint for several months before they decided to put a rod in my arm.
In case your wondering, I caught this from a friend of mine's page. I hope I am not butting in :)
|Date:||May 17th, 2002 01:58 am (UTC)|| |
Not butting in at all. I appreciate the sympathy and the tips. I'm already taking showers much as you describe, although I can't for the life of me find the large-size rubber bands, so have substituted Ace Bandages instead.
Fortunately, the broken arm is my non-dominant (right) one -- and it was a simple break near the elbow. So the only real issues are mobility and lift; I can still grab things with my right hand (assuming they're not at an awkward angle, like a computer keyboard).
|Date:||May 17th, 2002 02:44 pm (UTC)|| |
You should be able to get rubber bands from someone who gets home delivery of the newspaper. That is how I get my rubber bands :)
Do the doc's have you doing ball squeezes? I would assume that you are casted with a bend in the elbow. If you have a squishy ball, you might want to squeeze it and also do wrist bends. If you dont, it's gonna be royally painful. I think I might have some stuff for range of motion excersizes somwhere. My son has some neruo muscular issues and we do excersizes all the time.
Rgh...I hope it turns out ok in the end.
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I'm sorry about your arm, Bax! I hope it heals well