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Making Adjustments (to Make Life Easier)

Saturday, October 21, 2017

I fell and broke my wrist and a rib less about 2 weeks ago. The wrist is in a hard cast; unfortunately it is my right hand and I am very right hand dominant. The fall was in my own back yard; I was carrying a large sack of pine needles down the rock garden hill, and I tripped. Rock is harder than bone! Lucky I didn't crack my head or break a hip!

So I learned very quickly that I cannot cook or eat quite the same way. I can't chop vegetables with my left hand, and cutting and cooking overall is difficult. BUT I found some very good shortcuts that are enabling me to continue healthy eating! In particular I am appreciating some new convenience foods. They all more or less meet my diet plan in terms of calories and fat content.

1. pre-chopped healthy 8 veggies from Trader Joe's; prechopped onions and celery
2. frozen seafood paella; and frozen pasta with clams
3. frozen shepherd pot pie
4. shelf stable indian vegetarian meals (lentils; veggie curry stew; eggplant in spicy tomato sauce)
4. butternut squash soup
5. frozen whole grain waffles with frozen berries and greek yogurt
6. I've added some pre-sliced cheeses and cold cuts, and pre-sliced bread (I just can't slice stuff)

Some of my ideas for food have not panned out. I bought an electric can opener (I can't operate my manual opener) -- but I couldn't get that to work with just one hand either! So in the middle of making big pot of turkey/veggie chili stew, I couldn't open the canned beans, the tomatoes, or the broth. And one or two frozen meals were inedible -- blah tasting, rubbery, over-salted.

Finally I am getting well enough to think about exercise. Housework takes longer and is more challenging, as is yard work. (I had to do SOME yard work before the storms). Plus I can't lace up my usual walking shoes!!! But I located a pair of old hiking boots that are pre-laced with a toggle to tighten the laces; they don't exactly fit so I can't go far, but they are much better than wearing my clogs. I am looking forward to being able to hike again, and to eventually returning to exercise classes -- those activities will have wait until my broken bones mend. For now, I am concentrating on daily activity and walking.

This has been a real eye-opener for me. It is humbling to struggle to do simple tasks: make the bed; take a shower; wash my hair; get dressed (ever try to put on a bra one-handed? -- not easy!) It makes me really appreciate the challenges that so many people face every day! And I admit it: I'm proud of myself for trying to continue with healthy habits through this challenging time!

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    You are one determined woman! Sorry things have happened for you like this, due to your injuries. I knew you'd figure a way to get back to hiking; 👍

    Wishing you a full, speedy recovery! ❤
    1092 days ago
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    1093 days ago
    It is humbling. when you cannot do simple personal activities you have done since you were a young child and very much an eye-opener. The good thing is that you will heal and again be able to do those things. So many are not that lucky. Makes you appreciate things you take for granted. Hopefully you will have a easy recovery and be back to your norm before you know it. Hugs.
    1094 days ago
    I'm proud of you too, Alison. You've learned a lot in a very short time. I agree that it's humbling when you can no longer do things that were always easy. Like you said, it's good that it was a wrist rather than a hip.

    I was brought back to reality at the pool the other day when a woman recovering from a stroke came to the pool with her caregiver. How quickly,things can change for any of us! Scary but true.

    Take care,
    1094 days ago
    I am proud of you too, Alison. You always make the best of any situation and it is one of the things I admire most about you. Your NEW foods sound very good and I know you will be creative and still have healthy meals. You might want to think about help with the yard work though. I can't have my lower lumbar surgery until next year and still want my gardens, so have already talked to three of the children of one of our Amish neighbors and they said they would love to earn the extra I get to know them better. It's a win-win.
    1094 days ago
    So sorry to read about your fall! You are correct-you don't appreciate what you can do until something like this IS humbling and eye opening. I pray for your comforted your healing.
    Hugs, Evelyn
    1094 days ago
    Oh dear Alison I am so sorry I had my bones come out of my left hand and they laid in the dirt ,the police officer held my hand on it was dripping off by the skin I fell on a broken sidewalk 2 years ago.So much nerve damage it will never be the same. I know what you mean about putting a bra on I stopped wearing one only if I had to go to the Doctors and therapy.I could not peel anything for along time. I have my husband to help me where you are alone .I will be praying for a real good healthy recovery Alison Take care
    1094 days ago
    Yikes, so sorry to hear this, but glad it wasn't worse. Of all the hikes you do, and this happened in your own backyard! What irony!
    1094 days ago
    So sorry! Sounds like you are learning new lifeskills in many areas.
    1094 days ago
    Sorry. Hope you progress to getting better extremely fast.

    I, too, have hurt my one knee. Have trouble getting up, and have to do a heave ho, to get myself up, its making a really, really good case to continue with trying to get a lot more of this weight off and keep it off.
    Best wishes, you can do this !!!, Pat

    1094 days ago
    So sorry about your accident. It is amazing how we take so much for granted until something like this happens. On the bright side you are doing an amazing job at coping. Soon you'll be your old self again. 😊
    1094 days ago
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