It’s been just over a week since I took a graceful plunge in my garage while attempting simple task of cleaning my vehicle. Last Friday I met with the orthopedist and he decided that a cast would be the best way to treat my injury. He looked me right in the eye and he said this, “If I were to fracture my hand, I would want your fracture.” I take that as a good message to hear from your doctor. However he did feel that a cast was the best way to ensure no pain and good healing. And it’s only for four weeks.
I did have a few moments over the weekend of feeling a little sorry for myself and quite possibly some tears were shed, but it was short-lived because in the scheme of things this is manageable. Now that I have the cast on I can pull up my pants using both hands. It’s the little things, people. You know I’m saying?
Here are a few things that I am finding I cannot do:
- Food prep that involves using a knife. Try as I may, I cannot hold a vegetable with my left hand in anyway, shape or form. Cooking food from scratch, other than very simple things like dumping something into a pan and turning on the stove, are kind of out for now. Also, I have been without a microwave for a week because ours died and our new one is on order. Man, I hope that sucker shows up soon.
- Taking the trash out. I can’t lift the bag out with my good hand. My good hand already has wrist issues because I’m a graphic designer and I point and click for a living. It’s taken its toll over the years. This is why it’s good to have other people in the house on trash duty.
- Taking along, luxurious shower. I bought a cast cover designed for showering, but I can’t actually get it over my cast yet without fear of pain so I’m using a garbage bag cinched up with a Velcro cable tie. And let’s be real here, I shouldn’t be taking long, luxurious showers anyway. Water is life!
- Cart wheels. Couldn’t do them before, can’t do them now.
- Speak any foreign languages. Aside from understanding a scant few phrases in French, I still can’t speak another language.
Here are the things that I can do:
- Order meals to be delivered to my home from Omaha steaks, specifically their crockpot meals. A friend of mine told me about this company and so far we’ve had three of the meals, two of which I would order again, and in fact, I just placed my second order yesterday. Dan works 12 hour days right now as an elementary school teacher, and we don’t want to live on takeout food. The thing that’s cool about this company is that it’s not processed food. And the cost for five meals is about the same that I would pay on an average trip to the grocery store shopping for two or three.
- Work. As soon as this happened I almost had an anxiety attack over how I was going to get work done. While it is true that I cannot make any physical scrapbook pages or cards right now, because I can’t use a paper trimmer, I can still do my work as a graphic designer. True, I am probably spending twice the amount of time to complete tasks, but I am not completely incapacitated and this is critical. As a self-employed person I don’t have disability insurance. I think maybe I should look into that going forward, because had this been my dominant hand, I would be unable to earn an income for at least four weeks, if not longer, and that doesn’t work for my family. The only limitation I’m facing is that I have to take frequent breaks so that my uninjured arm and wrist do not decide to completely revolt against me.
- Readjust my plans and expectations. November was going to be a month where I created lots of scrapbook pages for a new class that I want to teach in 2018, and right now that work is going to be on hold until December, at the earliest. I’m kicking myself for not working more over the summer on this class, because I think it’s gonna be a good one. I’m really excited about offering a scrapbooking class next year, but now I have to readjust my plans and expectations. Life has a way of doing what it wants to do and right now it’s my job to figure out how to respond appropriately. And sometimes, swears just might be involved. (In my life, that is, not in the class!)
- Wake up each day and be grateful that I am here and that it wasn’t worse. Maybe this happened it just the right time, because it’s definitely making my 30 Days of Thankful project different than it’s ever been before.
Oh, and the best thing that I can do in this process? Is use my iMac’s voice dictation feature. While it is not perfect, it has allowed me to respond to emails, to write blog posts such as this one, and to add text while I’m working as needed.
Again, I appreciate all the well wishes. And the count down to December 1 continues. If this is coloring my 30 Days of Thankful project certain way, I would imagine that getting my cast off will really create a joyful December Daily project, and I’m definitely participating this year.
You can still join in my 30 Days of Thankful project! Plus, all of my digital products are on sale for 40% off as part of the quarterly sale over at Designer Digitals! The sale ends Friday morning at 6 AM Eastern time.