Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Broken Wrist, Day 2

I struggled putting socks on this morning, and buttoning up my jeans. The cast is designed to give me no grip in my right hand, meaning none of my fingers can touch my thumb; perhaps the optimal position for recovery but it sure sucks for doing up your shoelaces. I wore slip-on shoes to work today, but still took so long showering and getting dry (don't ask) that I needed Wendy to give me a ride in the car to the shuttle.

Things started looking up a little bit when I got to the office. I went straight to the hardware depot, and picked up a Goldtouch keyboard. Since my right hand won't twist flat to type on a flat keyboard, this is ideal. I'm still about eight times slower than usual overall but at least with the Goldtouch I'm eight times slower in relative comfort.

Broken Wrist. Fancy Keyboard

But even "relative comfort" is pretty optimistic. In truth, while this beautiful fiberglass cast is a wonder of modern physical chemistry and probably less than half the weight of its plaster equivalent, it's crazily claustrophobic and intensely frustrating to wear.

Vacation, starting this Thursday, is going to be a whole new set of cast-bound adventures.


Lindsay said...

Thanks for posting this keyboard info. I had surgery on a broken radius about 10 days ago. I'm out of the cast but still lack wrist rotation and thumb use.

Looks like the most useful keyboard I have seen so far - thanks again!

Isaac said...

Hey Linday, I'm sorry to hear about your wrist but I'm glad you found the info useful. Get well soon!

Unknown said...

I know how frustrating recovery can get as well. In my case, I even began doubting why went out of my way to buy roller skates in the first place.

Michelle said...
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Michelle said...

Ever tried the new Truly Ergonomic keyboard for relief from your RSI probolems?
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