Thursday, February 12, 2009

Hands are handy*

. . . and quite dandy. Without the complete and unrestricted use of one's hands, it can be difficult or impossible to:

  • open a lock from the inside by turning the "knob"
  • turn a key
  • pull and/or turn a doorkob
  • open a refrigerator or freezer door
  • open a spring-controlled or heavy door, such as those frequently found at business-establishment entrances. (I've acquired a profound dislike of glass doors since breaking both wrists.)
  • bathe oneself
  • brush one's own teeth
  • get dressed
  • put one's shoes on
  • cook
  • wash dishes
  • clean house, or just about anything else
  • type
  • put one's glasses on
  • wipe or scratch one's own nose
  • pick up a book, or just about anything else
  • light Shabbat or Chanukah candles at all, or light them safely

. . . and perform many other of what therapists call "Activities of Daily Living." In the course of the three months since I broke both wrists, I've acquired considerable appreciation for what those with more permanent limitations may have to deal with on a regular basis, and am grateful that I will probably make a complete, or nearly complete, recovery in the long run.

*Note: See first comment for important detail.


Blogger Shira Salamone said...

This post was actually published on March 12, 2009, but I "hid" it here to help preserve what's left of my anonymity as a blogger at the office.

Thu Mar 12, 07:46:00 PM 2009  
Blogger katrina said...

I wish you a refuah shleimah, Shira!

Sun Mar 15, 06:55:00 PM 2009  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Thanks, Katrina, and good luck with the dissertation-writing and job-hunting.

Sun Mar 15, 08:12:00 PM 2009  

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