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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

UPDATE: Broken Humerous-Week 5

Having a broken humerus, is far from humorous. Especially when it happens to be the one that your dominant with.

As a child, I taught myself to get certain tasks done with both hands by the age of 4. But then, my parents sent me to school where the teachers constantly shoved eating utensils, pencils, crayons, and scissors into my right hand. I found it hard to break the habit of using both.

The last 3 weeks of beauty school, my instructor stood over me. "Which hand do you intend to cut with? The state board won't let you use both." Yes. At 17, I was still switching from my left to the right to do certain tasks. Using both hands in beauty school was the way to go. Especially for speed. To this day, I'm told they've never seen anyone wrap a perm the way I do.

Anyway, my instructor took my shears out of my left hand and shoved them into my right." I'll make the decision for you,' she said adamantly. From that day forward, I used my right hand to do just about everything.

Really, if God gave us 2 hands, it was for a reason. We should be able to do everything with both. Rules. Schmules. Stuff happens...like broken arms and hands.

ANYWAY....

5 weeks into this broken arm, I am back to writing, but with my left hand. Can button my shirt. Type. My memory muscle is still active at 51. Yes! It's good to know that I can wash certain body parts by myself now. And I'm not as tired as I was a week and a half ago after typing my blogs. Plus, my arm isn't as wobbly and I can let it out of the sling while I'm sitting.

2 Thursdays ago, the doctor told me as long as the bone stopped clicking together by my October 27th appointment, that I could begin physical therapy. But to date, it still clicks when I move. Still can't go outside for a morning and evening stroll. They had advised against any exercise. My butt actually hurts from sitting so I've stuffed foam under it. Can't lay down to sleep either. Have to stay in a semi-upright position. Gravity is one part of the key ingredients in healing a broken humerus with lots of patience.

Right now, I have anywhere from another 3 to 7 weeks of this process. The other ingredients to this is how my own body has responded along with my diet. Although, I have concerns because I've already gone through the change and I have Hashaimoto's. Hoping these 2 things don't prolong it.


Staying positive.

Hugs and chocolate,
Shelly

PS My No-No is here.

18 comments:

  1. Not humorous at all! Hoping you get through this as quickly as possible, Shelly.

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  2. That's a long recovery.
    Glad you remembered how to use your left hand. I wonder why they force people to decide who can use both? I'd think it was a gift.

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    1. I really don't understand why they have to make everyone conform. We are all different.

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  3. Ouch. I've never broken an arm or leg, just ribs. That was bad enough.

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    1. Broken ribs sounds more horrible than my broken humerus.

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  4. Oh man, Shelly, I'm so sorry! I hadn't seen you around the blogosphere that much, but I didn't know the reason. (It's been insanity around here or I would have gotten here sooner.) I think that's amazing that you are/were ambidextrous. That's definitely NOT the norm.

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    1. Maybe that explains me being scattered sometimes.

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  5. My husband had same problem when growing up. In some cases he used his right for things, his left for others. He was given "green" scissors--meaning these were for lefties, and he cut with his right and the teacher kept pushing these on him, and he couldn't use them, tried to use them with his right. He was held back as a result. To this day it still bothers him.
    Anyway, you've a long row to hoe, hang in there. I've never broken my arm or anything, but my husband has. He was a long time in healing and was out of a job, as well as had to stay at his sister's place at the time. It's really difficult.

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    1. I'm using my savings. What I had anyway. It will run out in November though. I can help make one more mortgage payment.

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  6. I hope you feel better soon.

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    1. Thank you. I remember your posts when you had a broken ankle years ago.

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  7. I am so sorry this happened to you! And how awful you're having to use your savings to get by! I hope your bones heal quickly and you get back to normal soon.

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    1. Thank you. It was one of those freak things.

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  8. My Mum could do things with both hands but wrote righthanded, School I think.
    I also could when younger use both hands but I slowly just started using my right.
    I am so sorry this has happened. I hope your arm heals faster !

    cheers, parsnip

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  9. That's impressive you can use both hands. I'm useless with my left hand.

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  10. You poor thing! I'm so sorry about the break and that it's taking so long to heal. Sleeping semi-upright must be very annoying. Sending you super healing thoughts!

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    1. THANK YOU. ITS INCREDIBLY HARD TO SLEEP IN AN UPRIGHT POSITION. THE FIRST TWO WEEKS AFTER I BROKE MY ARM, I COULD FALL ASLEEP WITHOUT ANY PROBLEMS. BUT NOW ITS GETTING MORE DIFFICULT.

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