So, I thought it was an awesome fall when I tripped Tuesday morning while running to hush the HOWLING dogs. (they love sirens). I was silently applauding my soft rolling recovery into the fall. I didn’t even scrape my knee. Then I notice a sharp little pain in my left hand. Hmm, don’t even remember hitting that, but there was the spreading bruise..
I was meeting Alice Stroppel and Meisha Barbee for lunch, so my darling son (on his only day off for 2 weeks) insisted on coming in case, you know, the obviously injured hand got worse. I should probably point out that I have the typical redhead high pain tolerance and I know that I have at least 2 untreated healed fractures in my right wrist, so high pain tolerance and stubbornness combine in redheads. We all had a lovely lunch and about 4:30 I declared my intention to drive myself to the hospital to get the fracture x-rayed. I wasn’t in a hurry to get that cast..
So Day 2 of being without the use of my left hand here is what I learned:
- If it were one of my kids with this injury, I would have broken every speed limit to get them to the hospital as soon as it happened. I literally took all day for my own injury.
- Of course I was too lazy to wash my hair the night before..
- I have discovered that it is possible to put a bra using only one hand and my teeth.
- Thank goodness for Hickies that I had just put in my shoes the week before. I can get my shoes on without having to tie them.
- The elbow portion of the cast will knock off anything within 3 feet of me.
- It is possible to use a hedge trimmer using your right hand and knee.
- That pasta machine motor I had been pondering? ORDERED
- I am bruising my ribs trying to open bottles. BE CAREFUL I’m leaving everything open.
- I can’t hold my phone and use it. So I look for any available surface to put it to answer a text, email, etc. I used the dogs back earlier today, she was quite helpful and got a treat.
- The sling comes in quite handy to hold stuff, I just found a pretzel in it!
I know I can use situations like this as an excuse or a challenge. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!