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 ;)