On the Positive Side

I am trying to be a mature, grateful adult even while staying home with the kids for the fourth snow/ice day in a row, the fourth day of school that was cancelled right after a federal holiday, on the third day of living with a splint and sling. 

I am mostly succeeding, thanks to the world’s most patient husband, a 5-year old who can actually make his own meals when needed, and the kindness of friends who make food, buy coffee and food, and provide their children for my own kids’ afternoon entertainment. 

I am also learning about my limitations: I cannot use a can opener, open the tiny Tupperware box where I store my meds, or do my hair at all. In fact, I am very close to cutting it all off and if my beloved hair stylist agrees, the next time you see me, I might have short hair. 

But! I’m surviving! I discovered these super comfy bralettes from Soma, that while making my boobs into a uni-boob, I can put on myself. P’s kids floss is easy to use one handed. And with enough pillows all around me, I’ve figured out how to sleep mostly through the night. 

Thanks to everyone who has sent their love, advice, and food. ❤️

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14 Things I Can’t Do Without a Functioning Right Hand

I fractured my right wrist late yesterday afternoon. We were sledding and on the way back to the car, I slipped on ice and braced my fall with my right hand. 


Talk about pain. Luckily the closest ER was five minutes away and despite the warning sign on the check-in desk that estimated at least a 3-hour wait time, I was seen in a timely manner, probably because my hand and wrist were double than normal size and I almost passed out from pain. 

Thankfully I don’t have to have surgery. Right now I’m wearing a splint and sling and will get a cast later this week. But already, after less than 24 hours, its apparent that the next 4-6 weeks are going to be a challenge. 

I can’t…

  1. Cut an English muffin
  2. Put peanut butter on said English muffin
  3. Change a diaper
  4. Dress my 2-year old
  5. Dress myself
  6. Put my hair in a ponytail 
  7. Put on makeup
  8. Put the lid on a sippy cup
  9. Write legibly 
  10. Sleep more than 45 minutes at a time 
  11. Pick up my kids
  12. Buckle my kids in their car seats 
  13. Fold clothes
  14. Zip anything without a struggle 

You get the idea. It’s going to be a long month.