Saturday, May 23, 2009

Clutzy Karen

I have been thinking about renaming my blog to Clutzy Karen. Ah yes, I have had an unfortunate adventure which has put a crimp in all my creative plans for spring.

Last Tuesday I received a lovely used blue bike. I had this fantasy of having a bike and riding to the farmer's market or library or coffee shop. I thought it would be a great way to get a little exercise and save a little on gas. Sounds like a charming plan, right?

By 8 pm that night I had managed to fall off that charming bike while trying to make a turn onto the sidewalk. I had already ridden a bit around the neighborhood, but lost control on my second ride. Fortunately a friend was with me, I was right by my house, and I didn't seem to be too badly damaged. Just a sore elbow which hit the pavement, but I still could bend it.

However, during the night the elbow became so swollen and painful that I could barely bend it. I had scheduled Wednesday off of school as a personal day, and had planned to buy flowers for all the gardening I had planned to do over the weekend. Instead I sat in waiting rooms, got x-rays, and saw an orthopedic doctor who let me know I had fractured a bone in my elbow!

Fortunately, I don't have a cast, just a sling. I need to keep moving it to get my range of motion back. The pain is getting better. Unfortunately I can't lift, push, or pull. And it is my right arm.

So my gardening will be severely limited this season to things I can do left handed. I think I can plant a few pots and hopefully I can get any friends that stop by to help me move them into place. Also, this puts a crimp in some of my blogging plans - it is very hard to take pictures with your left hand when the button to push is on the right side! I'm finding other things that are difficult to do as well - eyeliner and flossing are two that come to mind!

I'm not sure how long my arm will be out of commission. But I do have a few pictures that I haven't blogged yet and I'm sure I will find a way to use my point and shot camera. But just wanted to let you know where I've been hiding the last few days!


peggy said...

I was wondering about ya, missing your posts. I'm So sorry that you had an accident, no time is good for that but especially now with all the yard stuff that we like to do. It will be a challenge for you but I would bet that you will find a way to do more than most of us would. Heal fast.

Clever Karen said...

Peggy, thanks for your encouraging words. I did manage to plant several pots of flowers yesterday, but there are a lot of things I couldn't do, but at least I have some color in the yard, now!

Rebekah said...

I'm sorry to hear about your arm! What a bummer coming right into the summer months!


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