Here’s a confession: I AM AN ADDICT. A badminton addict. I think I belong to the few remaining loyalists who play this court sport. I used to play almost everyday. Now I am down to weekend play. Earning a living is much more important than play. The important thing is we remember to keep some physical activity to blow off some steam. That’s what I usually do every Saturday — play the pressure away.
Last Saturday, I slipped and fell. Unconsciously, my left arm stretched out to break my fall. I saw my right ankle twist a bit and I was afraid that I injured it. I walked it off. I thought I was in the clear until I felt some pain emanating from my left wrist. Crap! It’s a wrist sprain. After a lot of ice and a some painkillers, I end up in front of my computer again to look at my email backlog.
I know it’ll be tough to do things with one hand. I’ve been there, done that.
This weekend “injury” brought back memories of 2008 when I was temporarily rendered primarily left-handed because of stupidity. I long remembered since then that trying to karate chop something made of metal isn’t one of my smartest ideas. I also think pretending that my ageing body can still play hard on the court will be joining that list of dumb ideas. I can hear the missus grumbling in the background telling me to quit playing already. I know I won’t.
Anyway, back to the days of one-handed tasks, I did these:
- Eat using a chopstick with my left hand.
- Beat my kids at video games using my left hand (1 out 10 times).
- Drive with one hand — stick!
- Type proposals and memos using one hand
Here’s some other tough things to do with one hand:
- Washing your ass. Wiping isn’t an issue. Doing it the Asian way of washing is tougher if you lose an appendage.
- Putting on deodorant/ antiperspirant. No problem if you’re using a spray. Try doing it with a tiny roll-on bottle.
- Holding soap and washing your armpits.
Anyway, I’m glad the pain has finally subsided. While the range of movement is not all there yet, I know my left hand will function normally towards the middle of this week. I just hope I don’t slip and fall again. I might just start falling in love with pain killers.
- Sprains (garyskeete.wordpress.com)