One week from tomorrow, I’ll have surgery on my left wrist. I eventually need to have nerve release surgery on my left elbow and my right wrist, but I’m starting off slow. I’m right handed so this shouldn’t be too big of a deal, right? Uh, wrong. All I can think about are all of the things I need two hands to do:
- Blow drying my hair. Yes it has to be dried every morning. I don’t have that wonderful type of hair that can just be pulled back into a ponytail (which, I should add, I wouldn’t be able to do any way because you need two hands for a
- Eye liner. Should be really fun trying to hold my eyelid and use the eyeliner with one good hand. Suggestions appreciated.
- Parallel parking. I do this every single day at work. Or, I used to.
- Putting my contacts in. This should be a treat. Thank goodness they’re daily disposables.
- Getting dressed. My bra, buttons, you get the idea. It’s not like I can wear sweats and sneakers every day. I couldn’t even tie my own shoe!
- Managing my Type 1 Diabetes- pricking my finger, inserting a new infusion set. Ugh.
There are some bright spots though. I’ve thought of some things that I won’t be able to do and I’m looking forward to not doing them:
- Grocery shopping. Push a cart with one hand? Not a good idea.
- Cooking. Definitely going to need help with this one.
- Dishes. Can’t really hold a dish and wash it with one hand, right? Especially while my stitches are in and I can’t get them wet.
Have you ever had an injury to your arm? How did you complete your normal activities? Any suggestions would be much appreciated!