I remembered I promised to post a picture of my MacGyvered eating utensils. I’m right-handed and, since my right wrist didn’t need to be operated on, it stayed wrapped with a bracing splint from the elbow to the knuckles closest to the hand. I could hold a spoon or a fork, but I couldn’t bend my wrist, so I couldn’t get the utensil to my mouth. Made me think of the old saying, “He who sups with the devil should have a long spoon”.
ANYWAY, I had Sara tape chopsticks to a fork and to a spoon:
By holding onto the tip-end of the chopstick, I could get the utensil to my mouth. I love being pampered, but being fed when I’m capable of figuring out how to do it myself is a bit much, even for me.
Other helpful hints to the broken-wristed:
- automatic can opener
- scissors to cut into those “easy open” bags that aren’t easy to open without strong fingers
- pliers to get leverage on small screw-off tops
- have somebody open your child-proof pill bottles and leave them open or loosely covered
- a “church key” — one of those metal things with a can opener on one end and a bottle opener on the other end — can help lever open those plastic containers with snap-on lids
- If you can’t lift a glass or coffee cup, drink through a straw. If you can’t lift a coffee pot, take the lid off the carafe and use a ladle to transfer the coffee to your cup
- If you can’t squeeze your toothpaste out of the tube, lean on the tube and squeeze a bunch out into a small, shallow cup and dig your toothbrush into that. Or brush your teeth with baking soda.
- Approach every challenge by thinking, “What do I need to do? What’s standing in my way? What CAN I do that would work around it?”
Feel free to ask me anything about the experience of functioning with two broken wrists. I’m happy to help.
A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Eating with the devil