the one armed banditI think I got a bit carried away with the dumper truck in work last week.

I’d been allowed out the office (my laptop at home, Jeremy Kyle and coffee on tap) and let loose on one.

The steering wheel has a funny knobbly thing on it, so I happily swung it round and round, little realising the damage it would do to my arm and wrist.

Fast forward a couple of days and I’m in agony. I’ve sprained my right arm and I am once more off work. Getting to be a bit of a habit?

The Teenager has been pressed into service like never before – laundry, getting dishes out the oven, sweeping through the house. Much wailing and gnashing of teeth, ‘I am not your servant’ (stomp stomp) being a favourite retort, with me responding, ‘Oi! I can still flick the internet off with one finger, so ner, ner, ner, ner, ner.’

Anyway, I am moping around the house feeling rather sorry for myself. Who knew arms could be so useful? There is so much I just can’t do without reaching for the painkillers and ‘ooofing’ out loud. Shampooing my hair is farcical. Driving is off-limits and holding a book to read is deadly. I feel as if I’ve been snowed-in without the ‘yay, we’re in the middle of a national crisis!’ excitement that normally follows half an inch of the white stuff.

I took the bus into town yesterday to meet friends for a sushi lunch, and try as I might, I just can’t use chopsticks left-handed. So I gave it a go with my right, wincing, and I just about managed (I was hungry – 6 plates). I’ve bought myself a tubi-grip wotsit and it helps a little. I’ve weaned myself off the strong painkillers after I started dreaming whilst awake. In short, I am Fed Up.

The upside is, I have cleaned out the ‘whatever’ drawer, compiled an Amazon wish list, caught up with all my Scandi-crime programmes on my Sky Planner and got to grips (ha!) with my ‘iPad for Complete and Utter Idiots’ book. I am now semi-fluent in Danish and Swedish and have found my can opener. Plus I have a bunch of useless apps.

I had to text in sick this morning, something I hate doing. The boss responded, ‘no worries, we’re having a lovely fry-up in the cafe’. Meh. If the promise of that won’t get me back to work, nothing will. 5:2 diet be damned..

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10 thoughts on “Disarmed….

  1. ” ‘I am not your servant’ “…would have replied neither i am, do your own laundry from now on :p hmm prob. a good thing i never wanted kids :p

    love my e-reader for the days my arms are dead, no pages to turn and it hardly weighs anything

    hopefully the pain gets better soon!

    (side note, i am always amused at the panic half an inch of snow causes here, when it gets to be more then 3 feet, then you panic :p)

    • stumbling in flats says:

      I’m with you. We have had soooo many arguments.
      My friend (who bought me the ipad) says I should read books online. And as for snow, well!!!!! Speaking as a semi-Scandi who lived in Norway, I can confirm that half an inch is NOTHING!!!!

      • there are a lot of free books you can get and even the ones that are not free are not expensive. the tablet is much easier and a lot lighter than lugging around books 🙂

        first year i was here, about an inch of snow fell and almost everything shut down. the only time that happened in canada when i was a kid was when there was 3+ feet of snow and it was -30C :p people don’t believe me when i say it could get -50 or colder in alberta and stores would still be open :p

  2. Poor dear; hope you’re feeling better soon.

    I well remember the “not your servant” stomp/stomp routine. Used to bellow it quite frequently, as I recall. Never worked…

    Speaking of snow: we’re having quite a storm here today. Predictions of 6 – 10 inches!

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Blimey! Think we have missed the snow this year, all we seem to have is endless rain. Teenager’s not impressed.

  3. Tricia says:

    We’ll let it snow, love snow, I don’t move a inch. Off to the doctors in the morning to have a moan, (not really) I am loosing the use of my arms, takes a day to hang washing out, cannot lift the Hoover, well you no the rest. We just take normal things that we have to do, well normal, but for us it’s not. Hope pain better soon x x x

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Thank you! Good luck at doctors.
      I am still feeling sorry for myself, lol. Have a full load in the washing machine, house needs hoovered. Actually, good excuse to do minimal housework!

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