One Handed Strategies in a Two Handed World
“Why do you have cling wrap around your cast?” Dr. Campbell was the
3rd person in as many minutes to query something that seemed logical to
“Actually it’s so that I can dress myself more easily; so my clothes won’t snag on the rough bits as I slide my arm into my sleeve.”
“Brilliant!” was his comment. You’d think that I’d discovered the Holy Grail; apparently no one in the history of our local hospital had ever come in with their cast swathed in cling wrap.
It struck me at that moment that there were a few other practical things that I could share with the world at large and the walking casted in particular. I have observed that the more you can do for yourself the better since your partner/spouse tends to tire quickly of being your personal servant.
Writing: I always knew a time would come when I was glad that I practiced writing with my left hand. Learning to do things with both hands is not only practical but stimulates the brain. I have been writing and drawing with my non-dominant hand for years so this hasn’t been a problem for me. If you haven’t used your non-dominant hand very much keep at it; if nothing else it will help to create new neural pathways. :~)
Please note that I’m telling my story and what helped me. I cannot anticipate the needs and/or limitations of individuals. The material contained in this is not intended as a substitute for medical treatment. Consult your doctor or physiotherapist if you have any concerns. Responsibility for this information is strictly that of the user.