Thursday, November 22, 2012

Out of action

Now I will know how difficult it can be to live with only one usable hand. And when it is the left - which is not my normal hand - things can get very interesting indeed. Manipulating the mouse with the left hand was already a lesson. Your instincts about what is a right click and what is a left click fail you when you change hands.

Why this sudden venturing into these mystical realms? Simply because I have this unnatural capability to fall anywhere while doing nothing much. Today I tripped on the pavement, tried to break an electric pole and broke a bone in my right wrist - the radius - instead. Yippee! I have now had my first fracture and can proudly sport my arm in a sling! The shame of having lived 49 years without ever having had plaster of paris applied on me is now wiped out.

Never knew that the process involved a couple of nurses playing tug-of-war with your hand while the doctor did some esoteric operations on your hand and mummified it. At the end of it all, what I have is a hand that is temporarily hard enough to break bones - or so says the doc. Beware! Do not anger me in person for the next couple of months or I will make the doctor happy by sending more business his way.

The unfortunate part of all this is that my blog activities shall all be in limbo for the nonce. Typing each word, editing the typos and all is too boring - took me an hour to get this far. Further, for a man used to sleeping on his side, I expect a lot of sleepless nights and that is not going to be conducive to being the carefree self that you all know and love (I know! Allow me my self-delusions!)

Hoping to get back in action soon!

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  1. Oh I'm sorry Suresh, but has it really happened? I mean it doesn't sound real to be true. Are you serious? Sure not kidding? If so, hats off to your capacity of being funny even in such a condition:)
    Get well soon:)
    PS: I pray it hasn't happened at all:)

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    1. It has Amit! I will feel more sorry for myself as more and more things become painful for me to do :)

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  2. What about the trekking now!!!
    Hope the fracture is not too serious. Get well soon CS :)

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  3. Get well ! Waiting to read more of your right-handed blogs soon :)
    Well.. there's one thing you can do quickly with your left hand is to read other blogs and like it - that's just one click and you can start with mine :D

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    1. Thanks! That is the killer - operating the mouse with the left hand. :)

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  4. I am sorry for the electric pole, Suresh! Do take care.

    PS: It will be truly sad to find one of my favourite bloggers unable to exhale. Wish you a speedy recovery.

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    1. Thanks Uma (on behalf of the electric pole? :) )

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  5. take care of yourself and no need to write anything till you are 100% fine. in the meantime i will read some of your old posts :)

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  6. Ohhh take care sir and hope the wrist gets fine soon .. :)

    all the best

    Bikram's

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  7. Awww I hope you get well soon. Take good care. Will miss your posts a lot. I know the pain of not being able to sleep on the sides…But I am sure you'll get over it. Good to see that your spirits are still high! :)

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  8. What if there is a silver lining waiting to dazzle behind this dark cloud of despair?

    Never underestimate life. It's full of surprises.

    Get well soon :-)

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    1. Thanks Purba! I am not despairing, yet. Would not mind the silver-lining nonetheless :) !

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  9. Sorry about that Sureshji. All the best, to get going soon. Take care.

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  10. For a newbie lefty, that was a wonderful crafted out of misfortune. Get well soon!

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  11. I meant "wonderful post ". Sorry!

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  12. Do take care..! People who fall often break their bones and break their hearts too :))

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  13. Hope you are becoming more accepting of the temporary limitations. I feel extremely irritated when I am limited, and usually my friends and family have to face the brunt of it. Do take care. Get well soon. We will be waiting.

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    1. Thanks, Subho! Living alone ensures that u need to be more accepting :)

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  14. You typed an entire post with just the left hand! Not bad. Hope you get better soon.

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  15. uh-oh...! get well soon and don't forget to use this time to ur full advantage.. make people around you do everything for you....*devilish grins*

    and I know its easier said than done, but I hope the humour that is so ingrained in you, will let u see things in a lighter vein inspite of the pain...

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    1. I always try seeing the brighter side - isn't the pain not enough that I should add to it by also feeling gloomy abt it? :)

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  16. I am really sorry-for your hand & also because i will miss your posts-though i doubt if you can stay put for long.

    P.S.How about reading ALL my posts from beginning to end while you are recuperating?

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    1. Thanks Indu! Wish I could navigate better with the left hand on the mouse

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  17. Take care Suresh ! Don't stress your hand too much by typing...just relax.. ...will wait for your posts

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    1. Thanks TTT! I am doing all typing with my left hand. Can't do a thing with the right even if I were inclined to.

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  18. Has happened to my right and left happened. I don't mean to be cruel but it does feel great to meet fellow "wristies". 4th standard, 8th, 9th. I've got a long story with fractures. But do be careful. You wrist will be weak after this. Chances of the same injury occurring is higher now. Cricket will be difficult for a few months.
    Here's a video you might want to watch. Showed it to a friend while he was injured and he felt instantly better.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNKuesBVmYs&feature=share

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  19. Hope you are better. Thanks for voting, despite the injury!

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    1. Same as before - just abt what i can do now - vote :)

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  20. Next time you wear a Shahenshah type contraption when you try to break the pole. Get well soon :)

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    1. Next time I will not try to break any electric poles :)

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  21. Sorry to hear about this, it must have been painful. But I love your positive spirit and do not forget to keep a record of all your thoughts and ideas somewhere so that you can blow them into full length posts as soon as you return!

    Here's to a super speedy recovery and seeing you in action super soon! Get well soon, CS! Your action will be missed :)

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  22. Though I came to know about your fracture through mail, I had thought that this was just a holiday notice prior to your treks. But I am truly impressed by your ambidexterity albeit laboured. Here's wishing you a speedy recovery and an affirmation that your self delusion is based on solid facts :)

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    1. Lovely to hear that my delusions are based in some fact :)

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  23. I'm so sorry to hear about your fall. Do take care, Suresh.

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  24. I am sure you were reading a book when you ran into the pole! Get well soon....we can't let you get too cozy out there, can we? We need your blogs coming....Take care suresh!

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    1. Strangely enough I was not Amar :) The Cast is now off and the hand is improving!

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