18 August, 2006

Coping with a broken finger...

...it's (despite filler content), got to be more interesting (to satisfy the ghoulishness in you) to hear about what sucks about loosing your primary limb...none of this is terribly amusing to me, but I'm trying to look on the bright side...so, what has been really difficult thus far?

  • Having no limb on the right hand side to stop you toppling over if public transport launches you the wrong way, getting into the office the other day was genuinely scary (no-one offered me a seat)
  • I cannot type or mouse properly (as previously mentioned)...
  • I cannot play any games (I just can't *imagine* what it would be like to permanently loose a limb - GAME OVER)
  • I am restricted to innacurate (left) messy hand-to-mouth pot-style noodle consumption (teeth/fist/headbutt opening, but squeezing the sauce out is a messy nightmare) - chopping/eating/anything interesting is just impossible with my left hand
  • I can't cut my toe-nails
  • Toilet/bathroom hygine is very challenging (I hate to ask you to use your imagination) :(
  • Deodourant on the left hand side is impossible without hitting myself (at least a little) in the face with the spray
  • I can't put my own socks on (very quickly) small ones are almost impossible, larger ones take ages... :(
  • I can't take any pictures, left hand only photographers, I salute you...I can't even hold it up and aim it properly...just shakes...
  • My right shoulder is in constant spasm/cramp
  • My broken digit is constantly throbbing (in a nasty way)
  • My right palm constantly gets "pruned"...
  • This sucks... :(

    (thanks again Flyingpops for help typing, just need to get you trained up on Flickr now ;)

    8 comments:

    bigblue said...

    I read this last night and then went to sleep feeling sorry for you, but pondering "what's the bright side?".

    I thought of Albie Sachs, South African Constitutional Court Judge and former Anti-Apartheid activist who was blown up by a bomb placed in his car by South African agents in 1988.

    He lost an eye and his right arm completely, and was lucky to survive. In his book Soft Vengance of a Freedom Fighter he writes about his recovery. Soft Vengence is giving amnesty to your torturers, giving legal rights to the same people who denied you yours.

    The things I thought about from the book were the practical impacts on his everyday life, and his adjustment to them: the things you mention, learning to write with his left hand, the effect on his sex life, getting in touch with the feminine soft side, etc. It's a fascinating tale if you come across the book anywhere.

    bigblue said...

    Oh, and you might be interested in the Q&A section of this week's World Wide Words newsletter.

    ¨°º©[ Fink ]©º°¨ said...

    I can't even begin to contemplate having to learn to write with my left hand, just had a go and the result looked like I was about 5 years old... ;)

    Plus side? If there is even only one it's - it could be worse - I am told there is an article in the local paper - A guy was in one of these sumo suits during the week, took a tumble like me and is now permanently paralysed from the waist down...

    If you hired them out to people, how could you get to sleep at night?

    3 other people at our do were also injured, nothing so serious as mine though (bloodied nose, sprains and a torn muscle) but these things do seem to be seriously unsafe...

    I'll keep an eye out for the book and thanks for the link! :)

    ¨°º©[ Fink ]©º°¨ said...

    Hehe, that's really funny! Run my blog through a translation tool from English to German and see what happens to the title... ;) I thought it was rather appropriate... ;)

    ¨°º©[ Fink ]©º°¨ said...

    Found the book on Amazon through your link for a quid, it's on the way... ;)

    Spud said...

    Thank you Flyingpips!

    the cloned corpse of marcus tal said...

    Dear Mr Fink

    Please let the healing springs of my own fantasy island nourish your beleagured predicament.

    Kind Regards

    ¨°º©[ Fink ]©º°¨ said...

    Thank you Marcus Tal, I believe your incrediblke powers have aided me more than anything else! ;)

    Oh and BB, I got the book! Started it 2 days ago, he is a lot more frank than me re-the nitty gritty... ;) Great read!