Wednesday, July 08, 2015

What Can't I Do One-handed?

My shoulder surgery was exactly 3 weeks ago, and I still have 10 days to go in the sling.  Unlike some slings, my hand does not stick out of the sling.  There is a Nerf-type ball that I hold onto because it helps assure that my elbow, and thus my shoulder, is at the proper angle.  So, I am literally able to use one hand.

Anyway, I now have a strong appreciation for having two working arms as there are things I just can't do with one hand, things I never would have thought about previously.  I'm sure there are people who could learn to do these things with one hand, but not I.

1.  Who can tie their shoes with one hand?
2.  Is it possible to cut steak or other foods with only one hand?  I actually use my left hand to cut foods, so I definitely can't.
3.  Wrapping presents is out of the question!  I had three gifts to give to people shortly after my surgery, so I had to prepare in advance.

4.  Folding laundry.  Technically, I can do it, and I've tried, but it takes too long, and my folded items don't look very nice.
5.  Washing dishes by hand is difficult because I need one hand to hold the item, and the other hand to wash.
6.  Using a can opener requires two hands.
7.  As does a cork screw.

8.  Using rollers or a curling iron is out of the question!
9.  I can't pull my hair back with clips or put it in a ponytail.
10. Opening child-proof medicine bottles requires two hands.
11. Fastening a bra or jeans.
12.  There's no way I can fasten earrings.
13. Doing push-ups with two hands is difficult enough, but trying to do a one-handed pushup is virtually impossible.

And there are many more.  It's like that saying, "You don't know what you have until it's gone."  BUT... this too shall pass.  Link up with Thursday Thirteen here!


  1. funny about the can opener I use a lot of myself -- How much longer on arm ??

  2. When my husband was injured last year and could not use his arm and hand for six weeks, it was quite an experience. I hope you are mending well.

  3. Hard to do a lot of things one-handed.

  4. Bras, can openers, laundry...who cares? But no corkscrew? YIKES!

  5. I can see why only being able to use one hand would be a huge problem. I hope you mend quickly. My prayers are with you.


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