Despite the pause, I have been thinking of you. It is slow and frustrating to type with one hand. I usually go very, very fast. Do they still teach typing in school? They don’t in France. It’s crazy, because typing is so much more important today than it was in the 1970s. I see young professionals hunting and pecking with two fingers and think, WTF. I took typing in summer school, not wanting to waste an entire precious year on it, and indeed two months was enough to learn to touch type. Speed comes with practice.

wild thyme

The cast came off and I now wear an articulated brace and have physical therapy three times a week. It’s crazy the things I can’t do with one hand:

  • tie my shoes
  • attach my bra
  • attach my hair
  • cut anything–I can wield a knife, but the vegetable or bread or whatever shimmies away
  • hang up laundry
  • take photos (I tend to drop the phone)
An orchid, I think
a stable?

Head, teeth and feet have stood in for the out-of-order arm. I so appreciate the parts that do work. Meanwhile, said arm looks alien. My swollen hand, whose fingers I cannot close (though I try and try, trembling), reminds me of my father’s when he was dying. It’s weird.

That said, I’m making progress and working hard, doing my bicep curls all the time. And stretching, to restore range of motion. Usually I’m good at stretching. Relax, let it go, think of butter melting and spreading across a pan. Effortlessly. Melt. But, wow, the kiné hurts. So much that I nearly passed out this week.

There’s so much going on and at the same time life is in this arm-induced lockdown just as things reopen from the Covid lockdown.

poppies…long gone now

I’m sharing some photos today of wildflowers I spotted on my pre-accident runs. I don’ know what they are. Some would qualify as weeds if found in a yard. Crazy how context influences what counts as beauty.

more orchids, maybe

Better posts coming soon. Bear with me.

37 thoughts on “Summertime…

  1. Oh, dear, ToF, your poor paw sounds ghastly. You really did do a number on yourself. The pain situation is not good to hear and I do hope things get easier soon. So, you cannot attach your hair? Hat season is upon you, thankfully, and the bra and shoes could probably be ditched for a bit but could the housewifery be passed along the line? You are so right about context earning something’s value. Even photos loitering about on phones are rather useful when it comes to illustrating blogs and a surprising, random congruence can often be found. Brava on getting a post out under such trying circumstances!

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  2. Oh dear! What happened? I seem to have missed some ‘breaking’ news! (Sorry, incurable punster…) Must check previous posts. Hope you are well and truly on the mend! 💪🏻

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  3. I do sympathize. I broke my wrist about ten years ago and the recovery was definitely the worst part. It took about two years before it was back to normal. I did too much to start with (I garden) and ended up straining ligaments or tendons so do be careful. And it was very painful to begin with as I started to use it again. But now I have a normal wrist though it looks crooked. It works fine and I have no pain at all which is great. Recovery takes longer as one gets older (I was 58 when I broke it). So hang in there and be patient!

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  4. I’m sorry to hear recovery has been so slow. I can only imagine the frustration on top of all else right now. Missing your frequency of posts but patiently hoping your healing progresses well for you. I did get a little chuckle of imagining you using a foot to help take a picture or cut some veg! Hang in there 🙂

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  5. I have been thinking of you and have no excuse for not checking in than that life is crazy here, especially with covid, work, family, etc.

    I am sorry that you are in so much pain, do be careful and although you want to heal ASAP take it slow and try not to do too much, I am sure your child is most helpful. I cannot imagine the pain so bad that you almost passed out!

    You are in my thoughts and prayers and I am looking forward to hearing and seeing more of your beautiful village. Take care of yourself.


  6. Glad to hear from you. I was beginning to worry. Hang in there, you’ll get through this, although the inconvenience plus pain is pretty dreadful. Sending healing vibes, so tuck some in around your elbow and arm for the nonce.

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  7. Recovery from an injury is simply–very. very. hard. work. And trying not to overuse other parts of your body while healing is tricky. Best of luck in the healing…physically and mentally. Sometimes it is only in retrospect that we discover how much an injury impacts our mental health.

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  8. Sorry to hear about your injury. Typing with one hand is incredibly slow. I hope you’ll soon be on the road to recovery. I taught myself to type from a Pitman book when I was about 18, and it’s one of the best things I ever did. As a writer, it’s an essential skill.

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  9. My hand and wrist were broken in 1975 amd it took a while to have them function again
    Left wrist, so easier to compensate in some ways.
    Life is dealing you a tough road C, but all will be well again one day.
    It was hard to know what to say to you in your current set of circumstamces, but
    stay sane, and the offer of help in any form that I made was entirely genuine.

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  10. Am glad to hear from you and that you are healing. At least it is summer and you can get outside in the sunshine. Rest, read, enjoy the sunshine and of course, do your exercises – and get well soon. Thinking of you and glad you have “live in help”.

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  11. your posts always bring joy.
    I’m just out of the fixation for my broken wrist. It takes a long time to heal. As you say, the kiné hurts. Plus I do not know exactly how good it is to have it by mobile phone.
    We are on day 109 of lockdown here in the city. And “in” on phase 1 again for two more weeks. 😦
    Hope your elbow is in less pain every day and that all this is just a memory in the future.

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  12. What a struggle this recovery is! It’s sobering that a simple misstep can cascade into months of challenges. I’m impressed that you still manage to put together words and images that bring us along to your beautiful countryside. Wishing you continued recovery–and the patience to manage it!

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  13. Your thought, “Some would qualify as weeds if found in a yard. Crazy how context influences what counts as beauty.” really struck me! Context does change what is perceived as beautiful. There are many things here in the US I see on a daily basis and don’t think twice about, but when I’m in France. Wow. Beautiful. Trying to find the beauty here until I can fly to France again. C’est la vie!

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  14. Hello, just checking in to see if you were posting again. I hope that you are enjoying a little bit of summer even with the pain.


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