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26 April 2013 @ 05:22 pm
I never remember these things …  
I have in the past broken hands, arms, fingers and thumbs, due to a lifetime of flinging myself off horses, bikes, rollerskates, the odd small cliff … (Gravity reliably works, alas!) So you would think that I would remember things one can and cannot do.


Every morning for the last 3 and a bit weeks, I have put my bra on as usual, then had to take it off, do it up at the front, then swing it round to the back, as you can only do up bras with two thumbs, or considerably more practise.

You CAN weave, albeit very slowly and more clumsily than usual. I have been working on some narrowares for a class on the weekend, and it is doable.

You can sort of crochet, but it's probably best not to.

Millinery is right out, as you need a thumb to keep everything well formed. Knitting likewise. Sewing is not very possible, unless there's no need for tension and involves no short stitches, so frame embroidery with long stitch is about it

Drawing on the other hand, not hard at all!

You would think this would mean I had managed a lot of drawing practise this month. Alas, I have instead done a lot of failing at other craft. I am never going to pass my Jane Austen Accomplishment Test.
germankittygermankitty on April 26th, 2013 11:21 am (UTC)
Okaaaay ... agreed on the crafts (btw, if your thumbs are okay, but you can't bend the forefinger of your dominant hand because of swelling/a contusion in the middle joint, doing certain things is plain impossible -- no matter how often you've practiced not bending said finger without injury).

BUT -- I've been wearing a bra for 46 years now, and I've ALWAYS closed the hooks in front. Unhooked in the back, with some contortions, yes, but I'm frankly baffled that there exist people who don't routinely do the "close upfront, then swing 'round" each day! ;-)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 26th, 2013 11:40 am (UTC)
I believe your method is known as the Accurate and Superior Boob Management Method, while mine is the I Have Two Minutes to Leave the House Method, and each is practised by a distinct set of women ;-)

And totally agree that any finger damage is a giant bum!

YOU STAY WELL, BTW! I have been running around like a headless chicken of late, but there are words to be had on the need for you to stay well :-)
germankittygermankitty on April 26th, 2013 12:53 pm (UTC)
*grins* Unfortunately, during my school days I had to perform method #1 while living under method #2 conditions -- one of the drawbacks of being dependent on public transport to get to school. PT has this very annoying thing called "set departure times" which really couldn't have cared less that I'm a quintessential "five more minutezzzzzzZZZZZZzzzzz" personality type. And with B-cup boobs on my very first bra at age 11, you learn to deal. *sigh*

I was very surprised how much the tendons and tiny muscles in my finger/hand are strained even if the finger joint is swollen into immobility. A splint was essential. Hmph.

And right back at you -- at least I only get scares, not broken limbs like you! :-)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 26th, 2013 01:33 pm (UTC)
Broken bones usually heal well and quickly, tendons are far more evil!

And I hear you on the boobs: I was a nothing until I stopped dancing, then a B cup until I gained a bit of weight in my 20s, then C after I had the big cycling accident at 28, then ended up an E after not walking for a year when I did the foot. Surprise breasts are annoying!

I think the set departure times of public transport may explain my passion for cycling :-)
germankittygermankitty on April 26th, 2013 03:08 pm (UTC)
With all the accidents I've had (including a triple break on my ankle when my son was just 2; fun times to stay in hospital for a full month, plus another three on crutches), I've yet to tear a tendon. Strains, yes, but that's all. *knock on wood*

I can barely remember not having boobs; as mentioned, I started with a B cup, went up to F at my heaviest (with a 48 band, though -- I gained in proportion) probably won't ever go below a C/D cup. Needless to say, strapless bras or going without one was never an issue; it just wasn't for me, no matter how much I might've wanted 'em.

I used to cycle to school up to 4th grade; then the distances were just too great. For 9 years, it took me 45 minutes traveling time on public transport, never mind getting to the stops or changeover times, to go to school. Leaving home at 6.50am each morning to make the first class at 8am ... *shudders* Riding a bike through rush-hour traffic would've taken twice as long!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 26th, 2013 03:11 pm (UTC)
The beauty of living in Sydney and London is that in rush hour, bicycles are always faster ;-)

germankittygermankitty on April 26th, 2013 03:20 pm (UTC)
Knowing London, I'll have to agree. :-)
Janey Procrastinatorjaney_p on April 26th, 2013 01:08 pm (UTC)
How long does it take for a broken bone to heal?

Ohhh... all the stuff you've mentioned reminds me that I haven't done any crafts in ages. And I can't even blame it on broken bones... XD
Really need to get back to crocheting. Have wanted to do more with beads, to start with sewing, maybe felting. Instead I let myself be distracted by fanfics... >.>

At least I'm writing, if only a little. ;)

And now the obligatory "Get well soon!" :)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 26th, 2013 01:30 pm (UTC)
Six weeks to heal fully, but now at three weeks, it is healing beautifully and I am allowed to take the splint off and do physio several times a day. Which hurts far worse than breaking the bloody thing ;-) The X-rays all show that my gold star for healing can remain in place, hurrah!

Writing is good for the soul! (Knitting is good for warm feet, so I try to do a bit of both ;-))
NathalieWeasleynathalieweasley on April 26th, 2013 11:40 pm (UTC)
I have always clasped my bra in the front...

And get well soon!

Edited at 2013-04-26 11:41 pm (UTC)
Fanartist in trainingkath_ballantyne on April 27th, 2013 07:22 am (UTC)
I found out the other week that I can actually embroider with my left hand. It's slow going but given how bad I used to be using that hand for anything I'm quite impressed.

I've managed the bra thing without out various fingers at times due to dislocation and stuff but not the thumb.

It's always odd to find out the things that involve the injured part and you didn't realise they did.

I was surprised that when I had a pinched nerve in my lower back I couldn't take my pants off. Didn't realise I bent at the waist to do it.
I've had trouble with many things when I end up with one usable arm. I didn't realise how much you moved the shoulder when doing things like getting up out of bed or from the chair.

Around Easter when we did the market I was too tired to be cooking but we had to eat and I ended up cutting chunks out of two fingers, burning the side of my left pointer finger and doing something to my thumb. Managed to spin and knit that weekend but it wasn't comfortable.

Had trouble not spinning the bandaids in to the yarn. Then I'd take it off and the wool would catch on a bit of skin and open it up again.


Hope you continue to heal well.
Surely there's a section on laying around as an invalid in the Jane Austen Accomplishment Test. Seems a very period appropriate thing to do. Though I guess I would't recommend getting dysentery or scarlet fever or anything.
valkyrie17valkyrie17 on April 28th, 2013 05:42 am (UTC)
At least you do things. I INTEND to do things...and don't. I've had an idea for a painting for about 4 months, and every weekend I'm going to do it (and don't).

Regarding bras, I've always done mine up in front and turned it around. Too lazy to do it the other way.
Lisbet Karlsdottirlisbet on April 28th, 2013 09:07 pm (UTC)
Ha! I also close my bra in the front and then swing it around... and have been for 30-some years now. I have no idea how people manage to do it in the back!

Good luck with your continued healing:)
napchicnapchic on May 2nd, 2013 06:19 pm (UTC)
I very much enjoyed your narrative (as much as one can polietly enjoy a genuinely hilarious account of the confirmation of gravitational theory through inadvertent and repetitive self-harm.)

I cackled at "Millinery is right out."


I have the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch sacred reading stuck in my head now.