Beginning again – slowly

My last post was June 29th just a week after I broke my left wrist. (I am left handed!) I posted that I would see you all later once this settles down. Today the beginning of August was my hope that I would be here writing again. Six weeks without writing in my journal, without drawing or painting, without blogging has been hard. Not driving has also slowed things down just a bit. I was told I could drive but when you can’t bend your wrist, your fingers don’t work right and it hurts to move any part of my hand it did not seem like a safe thing to be doing.

In those six weeks I have been able to weed my garden one handed (sort of). I have made pesto one handed. I have watched my grandson with the support of my husband. I am back to walking although icing my wrist upon return is needed to keep the swelling down. Over time I figured out how to tie my shoes and get dressed by myself. All big accomplishments.

The wrist is healing but the work is slow. After six weeks the left arm has no real muscle strength and either does the hand. So slowly I begin working on range of motion hoping that after next week we might be able to begin strengthening. I won’t go into the shoulder and back issues that resulted in this fall. They are also healing thank goodness.

I know I am luck – no surgery, 4 weeks in a cast is a short time, and the removable brace I have now at least allows me to shower and wash my hair alone. All said and done I should not complain but geez this was not how I thought I would spend the summer.

My summer goals involved drawing 100 images, helping my daughter and her family move into their new house and a redo of several of my gardens. The basement redo did not happen as well. It was pushed off till next spring or summer. All of these fell off the list of summer to dos. They are all things that can wait or in my daughters case they found other helpers. I watched “Little Man” since he now knows I can’t pick him up. It is all ok!

The all ok and this will heal is great but there are evenings and days when I wander the house feeling a bit lost and indulging in a bit of self pity or frustration. It never lasts long and a sweet treat (I found a fudgesicle in the freezer last night) plus a walk around the neighborhood can always help. A reminder that I am not dealing with long haul Covid also kicks me back into reality – this is not bad. A short slow down is all. I am and will continue to heal.

It is all in how you look at things and what you compare yourself and your life to. There are always people who are better off but there are also those who are suffering much more than I. So todays writing is just that – to help me keep things in perspective.

Writing today was also a test to see if I could actually type something without running for Tylenol and an ice pack. I have typed something and I am good without the Tylenol but I will be icing for a short while once I am done. I am just happy my fingers were able to reach the keys, that I could actually hit the keys without pain and I think I am making some sense when I write. Progress for sure!

Here is to being able to write on the computer, to healing and working on positive thinking with a little bit of help from yoga, walking and my husband!

Just for fun a few photos of the garden and my grandson. (one of the helpers when they moved this last week)

Little Man moving his stuff
Balloon Flower or Pop Flowers as Little Man calls them.
The beginning of the tomato harvest
Black eyed and Brown Eyed Susans

About Joanne Toft

I am a retired Minneapolis Public School teacher. I walk, garden, care for my Grandson and write. Life is good!
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6 Responses to Beginning again – slowly

  1. arjeha says:

    Glad to hear the healing is going well if slowly. We always want to push ourselves faster and harder than we ought to, but our bodies tell us that is not the way to go. Celebrate every accomplishment. Sounds like you have a great support team. Wishing you well.

  2. Lakshmi Bhat says:

    Such a sweet photo of your grandson. I am glad you are able to type. The unexpected happens in life and we have to face them and how we face them depends on us. I liked what you wrote. Thank you. Regards

  3. Amy Ellerman says:

    Goodness, Joanne, what a month you’ve had! So happy to hear that you’re on the mend. Your positive attitude just shines through. Thank you for slicing and sharing today!

  4. Oh, I totally feel for you, Joanne. I remember how hard it was to navigate the world on crutches in 2019 & 2020. Not being able to use a hand seems much worse. But you’re on the upswing. And it will heal… in time.

    Until then, enjoy your sweet grandson. That photo is precious!

  5. Debbie Lynn says:

    In the grand scheme, your injury and healing will just be a drop in the bucket. Sounds like you were very patient to allow your body to heal correctly. You’ll be back to your old self soon enough. 🙂

  6. Ramona says:

    Oh, I’m so sorry this upended so many summer plans. Curious about what books you might have read. Your tomatoes are gorgeous. Mine are just coming on. Fingers crossed we have them all through August. Glad you’re beginning to heal and showing a great attitude about your summer glitch! Good to see you here.

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