This is my life since The Arm Thing, Thursday, August 14, 2008.
Unc built this taller, wider, deeper, stronger bed tray out of some left over plywood. In hindsight, it was a funny planning session, measuring length with room for a dog or two curled up under the tray.
Taller with higher clearance because of how I prop up in bed with our umpteen pillows. Measured exactly where I could prop my forearm and wrist on a flax pillow to work on porcelain or type. I already knew how long it had taken to recovered from that terribly broken arm and the long muscle/tendon/ligament repair time. This had to be built to spec!
It is unfinished plywood right now, but I am thinking of painting it a Robin's Egg Blue...a tough lacquered finish! Then I have already thought of sewing a cover that will have little pockets for remotes, phones, pencils, note paper, etc.
I love my custom bed tray. Unc cut the legs at an angle to make the tray more stable. It is wider and longer on the top than the traditional bed tray. When I have use of both arms, I promise to show it all to you plus measurements.
now, I have used this bed tray to work on the 1836 piece jigsaw puzzle
on my computer, using just my left arm. Thankfully the pain meds have
made me sleep much more than usual.
When I want to type, either I type with just my left hand...too frustratingly slow for my temperament, or I prop my wrist, part of my hand and part of my forearm up on the flax pillow in the picture to help isolate those muscles and not involve the wrenched, stressed, pulled, yanked, possibly-torn-a-little-tendons at the site of that old icky spiral break.
Obviously I am improving because I have typed more today. After folding small clothing items yesterday (undies, dishtowels, washcloths, socks) my right arm hurt dreadfully most of the night. As twisted as this sounds, I know last night's pain foreshadowed progress in healing. Today I have more stamina in the right arm for low range of motion actions like this typing.
Gordon would not let me fold any clothes today, but I found some other light housework things to do with my left arm, gently assisted by my right arm. If I tell you what I did, Gordon will read this and prohibit me from doing it again tomorrow. He is everywhere, watching everything I do!
Muscles tell me it is time to stop typing. Going to start doing porcelain tomorrow, right here on this over sized bed tray. REALLY looking forward to it. I'm bored with TV and jigsaw puzzles. It has been rainy so much the past 10 days that our satellite Internet access has been greatly impaired!
It makes me very humble when I think of people who lose an arm or both arms, or lose muscles on those arms. I feel so very thankful and protected by God...This fall could have resulted in many worse injuries!!