The human body is truly amazing. Daily we take advantage of everything it can do until we can’t do it anymore. In the last few weeks dealing with a fractured elbow I have definitely learned this to be true. Here is my top ten list of things that I miss being able to do.
- Sleeping. Having a semi-hard splint strapped from the bottom of your pinky finger to three inches below your armpit sucks. The worst part is trying to get comfortable. Plus it’s not exactly how I like to cuddle.
- Driving. Did you know it’s illegal to drive with a splint? This is the second longest span of time since I received my driver’s license that I can’t drive! Fun fact: the first was when I studied abroad in Cambridge, England.
- Doing my hair. I can’t even do a simple ponytail! Blow-drying is finally getting easier and I might even try straightening this week – I’m trying not to get to crazy.
- Brushing teeth. You would think this would be easy. But the hardest thing is holding your toothbrush while you try to squeeze the toothpaste tube.
- Blowing my nose. I usually use two hands for complete control. Just having one feels awkward!
- Getting up from a seated position. Maybe I’m getting old but I usually use two hands when I push off from sitting on the couch. Now I have to just use my legs, which does have the benefit of strengthening my lower body.
- Reaching. I never knew how much I used my non-dominant hand to grab stuff. I still think I can reach a glass of water, oh, wait, no I can’t. My elbow does not extend.
- Washing dishes. Since Kelly and I don’t have a dishwasher, we are the dishwasher and dryer at times. It is Pretty much a disaster if I attempt to do dishes unless, I was at a Greek wedding…Opa!
- Putting on earrings. Yeah, that’s just impossible unless they’re hoops. Unfortunately, I’m a studs gal.
- Getting dressed. By far the most difficult is starting zippers and buttoning. Too bad I just can’t wear a t-shirt and basketball shorts to work.
Only four more weeks of the split…hopefully. Wish me luck at physical therapy this week!