I’ve accomplished a lot, with one working arm, over the last nine and a half years.
Still, there are many, many, things I’ve missed being able to do.
I was terrified of this last surgery.
To get through it, I tried to concentrate on all the things I *might* be able to do again.
(It remains to be seen how much function I’ll regain, but I’m very hopeful.)
I still have one more arm (elbow tendon) repair ahead of me, but my thoughts are focused on where I hope to be a year down the road.
I’d like to be able to:
• Take photos without it hurting to do so.
• Take a yoga class.
• Take almost *any* type of exercise class and know I’d be able to fully participate.
• Wrap gifts.
• Put things on a shelf above my head.
• Wear a purse on my right shoulder.
• Carry things using my right hand and arm.
• Play tennis … just for fun, not seriously.
• Put a carry-on bag in the “overhead bins” when I travel by air.
• Sleep on my right side … it used to be my favorite sleeping position.
• Garden. Oh, how I miss being a small-time gardener! (Flowers! Herbs! Veggies!)
• Cook. I used to be a very good cook. But, since the accident, I only make easy, non-arm-intense, things. Cutting, chopping, a lot of stirring … those activities take arm power!
• Clean. I know, you’re thinking who wants to CLEAN? But, it’s so difficult for me to do things like clean out my garage/cupboards/closets/etc. There are days I can’t stand my own home. A lot of the big project house stuff just doesn’t get done when you only have your non-dominant arm to work with.
• Hug people with both arms!!
The list could be endless, but these are the things which come to mind first.
I’ll continue to remind myself of my many hoped-for goals if I get discouraged with the recovery process.