Life on Crutches

As I'm nearing the 4-week mark of life on crutches, I thought I'd share my "wisdom" with anyone else who might find themselves in the same predicament one day. There are so many things I never even considered until I started crutching around- so you're welcome for these ever-so-useful tips ;)
Me and my besties for 6-weeks :)

1. Your wardrobe will become very limited while on crutches. Flats at work and sneakers for the weekend are basically your options. Heels are obviously out and wearing flip-floppy sandals is like asking to trip on a rug and injure your non-injured body parts. Stick to the basics.

2. You cannot carry anything. Let that sink in. Your arms are now carrying you from place to place so dig into that donation box before it goes out and salvage a backpack from cheer camp circa 2004. You'll need it every day at work to store your normal purse stuff plus your lunch and water bottles.

3. Try your best to bring lunches to work that do not need to be heated up. Otherwise you'll have to reluctantly ask a coworker every day to come with you while you make your lunch and then have them carry it back to your desk for you. They say they are happy to help- but you're annoying yourself already so just don't do it. Stuff your lunch in the backpack and be on your merry way.

4. Oh yeah, back to that wardrobe thing. You also have to be very careful what kind of top you wear. Nothing stays in place- it's either riding up or flapping in the wind. Even the most conservative blouse will suddenly turn PG-13 when you're crutching around at work. Just that slight hunch you have and the swinging of the arms/crutches and you'll be hearing from HR before the day's over. Cardigans buttoned all the way up are your safest choice.

5. For some odd reason, strangers act like they have never seen a person use crutches before when they see you. They will stare at you like you're actually a transformer, not just a girl trying to use an ATM machine who happens to be using crutches. You can ignore them and carry on, but I prefer staring back and saying, "Hi. I'm on crutches!" and waiting until they feel awkward and turn away. (Yes, I actually did this once)

6. Grocery stores are your nightmare. This also relates back to limited wardrobe and not being able to carry anything. Bring a buddy. Expect it to take much longer than normal. Stock up so you don't have to break a sweat picking out produce again for another couple of weeks if possible.

7. You will feel like an absolute waste of life at home. It's tricky to get around your tri-level home and even tricker trying to clean a toilet or sink. Apologize constantly to your significant other for being a piece of crap and then buy them extra of their favorite ice cream. You know, when they take you grocery shopping.

8. Attempt to embrace it- because after all, you'll get a blog post out of this whole ordeal ;)

37 comments

  1. How many more weeks? My mom-in-law had foot surgery in March and has finally graduated from a scooter thing to a walker. It's been hard watching her heal (and she is one of those people who LOVES to be busy), so I can imagine how frustrating it is for you!

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  2. The finish line is in sight. Keep it going!! :)

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  3. You're almost there!!!!! ;) so many things I would've never realized, like needing to heat to lunch, etc! Glad you at least got a post out of it, hehe!

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  4. Awww, you poor thing! I can't believe you're already 4 weeks into it... hope it's helping and that it's over for you soon!

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  5. Oh man, can I commiserate with you!! I had to use crutches when I was eight months pregnant due to a severe sprain. I think I used them for only about two weeks-but they were just awful! And the looks I got-people just stopped and stared!!

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    1. Oh, wow! I cannot imagine being pregnant AND on crutches, I bet that was terrible!! I feel like I should not be complaining now ;)

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  6. This post is too funny! Glad you can keep a sense of humor about it. How long will you be on them?

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  7. Not being able to carry anything. I can't even wrap my mind around it. Definitely can't be easy! Hang in there!! You are nearing the finish line now!! :)

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  8. I love that you told someone "Hi! I'm on crutches!" How much longer do you have?

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  9. I tore my ACL in high school and was on crutches for a bit.... I hated them! I remember it snowed the first day I came back to school after surgery and as soon as I walked through the door, my crutches slipped out from underneath me because the ground was so wet. Embarrassing! Good luck on your last 2 weeks!! :)

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  10. Ugh. None of that sounds remotely fun. I hope 6 weeks is all you need to be on crutches for and not a day longer.

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  11. I would be more than happy to do all the cleaning and household work for some ice cream ;) I'll let Freddie know that... It sounds like you've got all whole crutches thing DOWN---are you sure you don't want to keep using them for fun?! You're almost there!

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  12. Oh, Erin. I promise I'm not laughing AT you, but the Transformer comment had me cracking up at work. Amazing. Seriously, the one time I was on crutches after knee surgery, I only lasted two full days before I gave up and started walking on it, despite the pain. I actually chose the pain over the inconvenience, which was probably really stupid, but let's just say - I feel for you. You're getting close, though!

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  13. I'm with Brittany, I'm not laughing at you. Great post and never thought about all these things before. But yes heating up lunch at work, that's my EVERYDAY, I would have to change my eating too, remind me not do need crutches any time soon. Only 2 more weeks! Hopefully it will be all healed and ready for you be back and ready to heat up your own lunch :)

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  14. oh my goodness this is hilarious... i mean, i'm sorry you are going through this but wow... i never realised how difficult it would be! when i was younger i really wanted to use crutches because i thought it would be fun, but i never have had the need thankfully. i seriously didn't even think about lunch, what have you been eating?!

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  15. Hahahah #5! Sorry, I don't mean to laugh at your pain, but this was hilarious. I haven't been on crutches since I was a kid; how did I forget about all the cruel and unusual challenges? Hope your sentence is over soon!

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  16. Almost done with this! Good tips especially the back pack. MFD was never without a hoodie either. Pockets are a life saver.

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  17. Ahh you poor thing, but like everyone else has sid - you are almost done! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  18. This gave me a good giggle today. I hope you're off of them soon... but think of all the life lessons you have learned ;) And how to be patient!!

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  19. I feel so bad that I laughed at this but #5... LOL! Hope you're back to wearing flip flops, carrying things and bringing warm lunches again soon!!

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  20. Just think of being in the home stretch!!! I had to laugh at tops becoming PG-13. So many things to consider. Hang in there friend :) You are totally going to appreciate little things like purses and hot soup soon!

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  21. Oh girl, I TOTALLY feel your pain and have completely been there. One suggestion about the grocery store... I say go with it and embrace those motorized disabled cart things! I was mortified the first time I used one, but after a bit of slowly rolling around the store it actually became pretty fun! ;-)

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  22. Awwww, muffin I"m so sorry. Crutches for a day are ridiculous, you are a rockstar for dealing with it for six weeks. I like that you call people out that stare, that's funny.

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  23. Hmmmm... this kind of sounds like the life of a pregnant or nursing momma as well... especially with the wardrobe malfunctions and no-no's, ha ha! I'm only half kidding ;) I'm so glad you're on the down hill of putting your time in with the crutches! I'm so sorry you've had to go through this :(

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  24. I had to be on crutches once in college. At Penn State. Which is enormous. It was the worst experience of my life and after just one day with them my arms hurt far more than my injured ankle!

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  25. #4. Hah! yes!!! And I can't believe you're going to the grocery store!! I don't like the grocery store without crutches. How much longer do you have?!

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  26. Ha! You're funny :) I love that you stared at someone and told them you're on crutches. Good one. I haven't had to use crutches before, but I don't think I would like it. My shirts are all PG-13 right now because, hello new bra size. Yeah, I went there. Hopefully you get off those things soon!

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  27. All I can ever think of is that if I got injured how in the world would I keep up with Connor!! I'd have to hire someone to help!

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  28. Oh yes, the life on crutches, I hated that. I had hip surgery & was supposed to be on them for about six to eight weeks, after about two weeks I couldn't hack it anymore & got rid of them. No jokes. I hated not being able to do a damn thing! So, I just hobbled along without them. Tee hee!

    Mandie ~ http://badbrewpack.blogspot.com/

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  29. I'm so sorry you're still on crutches, and I think the hardest part for me would be realizing I can't carry anything :-P

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  30. I hate asking for help so I hope I'm never in the position of needing crutches! I've never broken anything (knock on wood!) so never had to use crutches so didn't realize how limited you would be! My Dad broke his ankle when I was young and I played around with his crutches around the house and thought it was so fun - obviously I was very, very wrong! haha

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  31. I can so relate to you! I was put on crutches on May 3rd for 4 weeks! It has been the most annoying and uncomfortable thing! Oh and AMEN to your comment about people starring at you like you're from outer space! I was talking to a friend while we were at the store and I seriously had to say out loud GEEZ PEOPLE DID YOUR MOTHERS NOT TEACH YOU IT'S NOT POLITE TO STARE!!!

    Hope you heal soon! :)

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  32. I have recently been there done that girl! All of these tips are on point! I would just add that I broke down and used the scooter in the grocery store. Haha!!

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  33. I'm glad you're now on the closer side of being done with crutches! :) I've never had them but I fractured my left arm when I was little and I felt so helpless haha. It's weird how much people stare at stuff like that…crutches isn't a new thing! I'm glad you said something to them!

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  34. You poor thing. I would have never really thought about the difficulties of using crutches... like what outfits you can wear. Keep on keepin' on girlfriend!

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  35. Omigosh, I'm laughing so hard. I know it's not funny and I'm so sorry you're on those stupid things but this post is really stinkin' funny.

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