The Man who Blogged then Broke his Wrist.

The blogging did not fracture my right wrist thus requiring surgery to rebuild it followed by months of recovery. I found no danger in blogging. Changing lightbulbs prove my downfall. After gingerly alighting from the stepladder, I attempted to step over a 2.5 foot fence encumbered with the ladder, a bag of bulbs, and a bottle of windex. My foot caught on the bent cast iron fence which catapulted me headlong to towards the brick sidewalk. I instinctively put out my handcout in order to break my fall; in retaliation the sidewalk shattered my wrist.

Suddenly I had to do everything single-handedly while hopped up on pain medicine. I quickly grew dismayed when I learned the extent of the break with bits and bobs knocked around like a jumbled jigsaw in a misshapen sack. Two weeks after surgery, they took off the dressing to see if the staples were ready to come out–they were not and I first glanced at the the jagged scar woven into my forearm. Shock followed by depression rising up in me with that sick chalky feeling every time I even slightly moved the wrist. I felt humiliated whenever I needed a friend or my partner Glen to open a can for me or even to wash my hands.

But recovery has come slowly, and although I must continue to wear a brace on my wrist for another month, I find it stronger. All this to say I couldn’t blog effectively in park because I could not type well one-handed ( I have since mastered it,) but also my soul was in shock from the trauma.

Thank God for good friends and thanks to the friends who cheered me with a visit, a YouTube link, a trip to Kohls to buy ladies’ stretchy pants that I don’t have to tie to put on. Thanks to my partner Glen and friends George, Zack, Doris,Barry, and special thanks to Tom, a neighbor and new friend. I do enjoy witnessing the beginning of friendship. Such a delicate thing. So much to learn and see formed.

But I’m back and wanted to say hi

This post has 8 Comments

  1. Sharon on December 23, 2010 at 4:55 am

    I think lots of us underestimate the effect that pain and disability can have on us mentally and emotionally as well as physically.
    Best wishes to you for your continuing recovery.

  2. Auntie Doris on December 23, 2010 at 7:58 am

    Hi. I’ve missed you. Nice to have you back. A x

  3. Wayne Besen on December 23, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Get well, Peterson!! Sorry you took a tumble.

  4. Anthony Venn-Brown on December 24, 2010 at 2:21 am

    ouch…..I felt that reading your post……speedy recovery

  5. peggy Parsons on December 25, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Dearheart! how awful!
    Here’s hoping for a complete recovery, and that you make up an excellent story for the scar. I have a fabulous one diagonally across my forehead and I get a great deal of mileage out of it.

  6. p2son on December 26, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Thank you all for the kind words. Now I see just how many typos I made. But I shall leave them as a testament to my feeble but improving wrist 🙂

  7. Peter Leeson on December 27, 2010 at 11:07 am

    So, the question remains: how many Toscanos does it take to change a lightbulb? We still do not have the answer…

  8. James on January 3, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Hope 2011 is wrist-restoringly rewarding for you.

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