My carpal tunnel was like a playful dog begging for attention.
“Look at me, look at me.”
I looked away.
My wrist finally went into a complete lockdown. It became impossible to even grip a toothbrush. I was forced to stop everything I was doing. And it is in these moments that you start to think of all the things you’ve taken for granted.
Things that require two hands:
- Wearing socks
- Opening a jar of spaghetti sauce (unless you have thunder thighs to grip the bottle)
- Cracking half boiled eggs (I can crack eggs using one hand, but not when the eggs are piping hot)
- Using a can opener.
- Buttoning jeans
- Tie shoelaces
- Driving (gotta grip the steering with your teeth when you have to flash your indicator lights)
- Pulling off the protective strips for my medicated wrist bandage.
- Buttering bread (you end up chasing the slice around on your plate.)
- Can’t wash the armpit on the side of my affected hand.
- Open sugar that comes in paper sachets (gotta use teeth for this)
- Hit airborne mosquitoes (or mosquitoes that have landed on my left arm)
- Use scissors (I now know why they make left handed scissors)
- Hammer a nail
- Iron clothes (yay… have finally found my excuse)