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Old 09-24-2012, 02:01 PM   #131
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Cut myself shaving left-handed this morning. Showering is a laugh riot. I've found I can dry off by laying in bed and turning the ceiling fan to 'high'. It's faster to let SO help.
Seems you need an electric shaver while you are incapacitated. No helpful hints aside from letting SO help.
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Old 09-24-2012, 02:01 PM   #132
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Cut myself shaving left-handed this morning. Showering is a laugh riot. I've found I can dry off by laying in bed and turning the ceiling fan to 'high'. It's faster to let SO help.
Time for an electric razor.

Hope your arm gets better soon and lets you get on with your life without having to hop through hoops to do everyday stuff.
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Old 09-24-2012, 02:23 PM   #133
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I hate electric shavers. I'd rather risk cutting myself. Besides I only shave a couple of times a week.

SO has been helping a lot. She tries to act tough but it's a lie. The morning after the surgery, she announced I had 24 hours of her being nice to me then the pity party would be over. I have to fight her off so I can do stuff myself. I remind her I still have one good arm. I try to save her for the stuff that's really a bother to do myself.
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Old 09-24-2012, 03:04 PM   #134
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I remember when I wrecked the elbow on my dominant arm it took me a while to figure out how to use my other hand to use the TP! Don't let SO help you with THAT Andy! Brushing teeth was tough with a non dominant hand as well. Doing up my jeans, putting on socks...the list was endless.

Wishing you a speedy recovery my friend. I sympathize and wish I could help in some way other than listening to your vents. Gentle hug Andy.
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Old 09-24-2012, 03:19 PM   #135
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Thanks Alex using the TP was the first thing I practiced left-handed. Brushing my teeth is easier because I use an electric toothbrush so all I really have to do is kind of point it in the right direction.

Truth be told, most of the stuff is doable left-handed, it just takes longer and it's kind of frustrating because it's something you don't even think about the rest of the time.

... And trust me there's no way I could've gotten SO to help me with the TP. She already told me should be happy to throw out my underwear buy me new ones.
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One nice thing Andy; using your non-dominant hand to do things such as brushing your teeth or shaving in the morning is a good brain exercise. I try to use my left hand to brush my teeth at least three times a week. I guess if I ever loose the use of my right arm I will be ready for the challenge. Let's hope I don't. I hope you are able to use your arm again soon. :)
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Old 09-24-2012, 06:36 PM   #137
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It helps to be ambidextrous. Which I am. I started out as a lefty. But I started school when they wouldn't let you be left handed. So there are so many things I can do with both hands. My youngest son is also ambidextrous.
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Thanks Alex using the TP was the first thing I practiced left-handed. Brushing my teeth is easier because I use an electric toothbrush so all I really have to do is kind of point it in the right direction.

Truth be told, most of the stuff is doable left-handed, it just takes longer and it's kind of frustrating because it's something you don't even think about the rest of the time.

... And trust me there's no way I could've gotten SO to help me with the TP. She already told me should be happy to throw out my underwear buy me new ones.
So as you all know I am a therapist. When I was doing my training at a rehab center my supervisor was born without arms. She did everything with her feet. She wasnt one to hear any excuses about why you couldnt do something. One day another student had a patient with two broken arms and the patient asked for them to clean her after toileting. The student told me that the supervisor wouldnt let her help that she made her place TP on the toilet seat and have the patient scoot across it.

and now for my own little vent. I have had a appt to get my tooth extracted for months (they are scheduled really full, hard to get in) and of course my child got sick today with a fever of 102 atm and I now need to take him to the DR tomorrow. I might be able to do both but of course he comes first so if it comes down to it I will need to reschedule my poor tooth again! I also had Wednesday off and if I was up for it, was going to have my hair done.. it's been put off for a couple of months now. A mothers job never ends! (I wouldnt trade it for the world but I also want to cry!)
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:00 PM   #139
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Thanks Alex using the TP was the first thing I practiced left-handed. Brushing my teeth is easier because I use an electric toothbrush so all I really have to do is kind of point it in the right direction.

Truth be told, most of the stuff is doable left-handed, it just takes longer and it's kind of frustrating because it's something you don't even think about the rest of the time.

... And trust me there's no way I could've gotten SO to help me with the TP. She already told me should be happy to throw out my underwear buy me new ones.
Fortunately, it is only temporary (inconvenient, but temporary). Glad the surgery went well and by the time you master using your left hand, you'll be in PT and on your way to using your right hand again.

Ten percent of the population is left-handed. Most things are geared for righties. I have a bitch of a time using can openers and veggie peelers, to name a couple of tools that I find annoyingly right-handed--I can use the ones I have, but I can't use other ones! Since Rocky attacked me, I've been having to use my right hand more often to do things I normally do as the lefty I am. One can learn--fortunately, I can still handle TP with my left hand. What I can't do is open jars/bottles or close ziplock bags. I find that so frustrating.
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Thanks Alex using the TP was the first thing I practiced left-handed. Brushing my teeth is easier because I use an electric toothbrush so all I really have to do is kind of point it in the right direction.

Truth be told, most of the stuff is doable left-handed, it just takes longer and it's kind of frustrating because it's something you don't even think about the rest of the time.

... And trust me there's no way I could've gotten SO to help me with the TP. She already told me should be happy to throw out my underwear buy me new ones.
While Shrek was in the hospital, he would hold all day until I got there. He couldn't bring himself to ask the aides for help...I guess the honeymoon is over
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