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May 13th, 2002
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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)
  • Mouse
  • 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
  • Masturbate
  • 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: discontentdiscontent
Current Music: Gregorian Chants, "Laetatus Sum"
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From:lonita
Date:May 13th, 2002 06:04 pm (UTC)
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Eeeeeeek!

*huggles her brother tightly and not in the owie bits* Geezuz christ boy! *snuggles*
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From:beki
Date:May 13th, 2002 07:33 pm (UTC)
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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 :)
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From:baxil
Date:May 17th, 2002 01:58 am (UTC)
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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).

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From:beki
Date:May 17th, 2002 02:44 pm (UTC)
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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.
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From:zxizaraxii
Date:May 13th, 2002 09:38 pm (UTC)
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Rgh...I hope it turns out ok in the end.

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From:bronzemistral
Date:May 13th, 2002 09:49 pm (UTC)
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I'm sorry about your arm, Bax! I hope it heals well
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