November 23, 2010
Double Broken Arms
If I lost functionality of both my arms, I would want the whole world would to know my plight. I can almost feel myself getting grumpier as I imagine it. I would call you up just to tell you how miserable I was. I couldn’t work at my computer. I would need help getting dressed. I would probably stop eating altogether because eating also would require special help…. To get the food in me… and [ahem] to get it out. I wouldn’t handle it well.
Caleb, at 7, is handling it much better than I would if I were in his casts.
He went off the top of a tall slide at the park, tried to catch himself with his hands, and broke one of the wrist bones in each arm.
His biggest complaint is not being able to draw (he fills up an entire art notebook every month) and sitting out of recess at school. He doesn’t mind having to have help in the bathroom. He doesn’t mind us feeding him. Occasionally he’ll get impatient and go after his food doggie-style.
He should get the left cast taken off in about 2-3 weeks, or perhaps get a below-elbow cast instead. The right wrist was much worse, and will require about six more weeks in a full-arm cast.
Although he is handling it much better than I would, I still would rather it be me in those casts than him.