Before my surgery, I was told that after the surgery, I would not be able to lift or carry anything in my right hand and am limited to minimal lifting and carrying with my left. I would be able to write or type though. Woo Hoo! I was excited to know I could do that.
Pre-surgery, I went and picked up a journal, sketchbook and got my pen set together thinking I would have time to draw, type up future lesson plans and get caught up on my blog. Well, I laugh as I wonder exactly how they envision that happening.
This is a top view of the sling I am in. It is bolstered to keep my arm at a 60 degree angle and keeps my arm on its side. It keeps my arm stable, but keeps it from doing anything with my hand like holding a pencil or turning it to type on a keyboard. It is a bit of a conundrum! My son was enthusiastic as he proclaimed that I am sooooooo lucky that they sent me home with a red rubber ball to play with since I cant do anything else. I love my optimistic family.
Always trying to look on the bright side of things, I think I have a good solution. I got an iPad mini, and then went to get a tiny keyboard to afix it to. The whole thing is about 8 inches across with teeny keys. I am learning how to type super fast on this little guy using mostly one hand. I can use two if I can get into the exact right position and prop both the ipad and my left arm on separate pillows.
I am thrilled that I have found some solution that works to a degree! I mean, I am GIDDY! I can get about ten minutes of typing in before my shoulder screams at me to relax already. This is just one more thing in life that I have taken for granted. It is insane the amount of things we dont realize how much we need and use until we don’t have them anymore. Life lessons are so much fun.