Thursday, July 11, 2013

Busier than a one-armed…

One of my father’s favorite sayings when we were kids was “I’m busier than a one-armed paper hanger…” It was guaranteed to get a smile as we imagined the poor soul with one arm struggling to do a job that really needs two arms.

I sort of know the feeling.

Last Wednesday I was walking the dog on some uneven gravel on an alley behind Main Street in town (which I have walked down many, many times) and my ankle sort of rolled, and down I went on my right elbow.

I was hoping that maybe I had just dislocated it. How wrong I was.

I came home from the hospital late in the afternoon on Thursday (July 4) sporting some extensive, new hardware…

and a most miserable cast.

I don’t have any pain from the fracture itself, but the sensation that a colony of ants has taken up residence under the cast is just about driving me nuts.

I figured out how I could keep on editing using my left hand and the index finger of my right for occasional key strokes.

In a little while we are leaving for the first follow-up visit with the orthopedic surgeon. I am hoping to come home with something more reasonable on my arm.


Far Side of Fifty said...

Oh no casts are a bummer in the summer..when they recast you make sure they use lots of powder on your arm. I hope you heal okay and it is a good thing you can still work:)

Cathy said...

Hello Leilani
Not a good thing to happen in the middle of summer - are you still able to type or is it a one finger job?
Take care

Unknown said...

What a terrible accident and good for you for figuring out a way to keep doing your job. The cast must be an awful nuisance though.

Leilani Lee said...

Cathy: I am using my left hand for all typing (all fingers), but I have to look at the keyboard which is much slower than "touch typing"

What I have on my arm is not actually a cast... it is a U-shaped splint of material that starts off soft and is molded to fit around the arm and then wrapped with cotton strips and then an elastic bandage on top of that. It could be worse!!