There are certain things you have to adapt to when you have sore and swollen or damaged hands. It's obvious that your days of carrying all your heavy groceries at once will end. But are there other problems?
I decided one day that the perfect comfortable item that I needed to have was a sports bra. I could just see myself getting into great shape and looking cool and sporty. So after consultation I picked out a few and headed to the change room at Lululemon.
It was very disappointing to find out that reality did not match my imagination. I managed to get it on with difficulty but the problems really started when I tried to take it off! I ended up with it half off and was unable to get any further. Panic stations! I was totally stuck in the middle of removing it. The thought of calling for help in that state was humiliating. No one sees that much of me. And there was no way the situation could have been less flattering. Well, I relaxed,took deep breaths and obviously managed to leave the store but not without a severely bruised ego.
Thank goodness yoga pants are so easy to wear. At least I can go into a sportswear store and find something.
There have been more close calls with humiliation. Once I went to a meeting at our community center and had a lengthy delay while I struggled to get out of the stall in the washroom. The place was almost empty and I had no cell phone then but would I really want to call 911 or someone at home to come and rescue me?
Luckily there are many ways to adapt beyond brute force. (Now there is something I don't do). I have exacto knives in most rooms of the house. How do you cook without one?
This is a super convenient food if you can only open the freezer bag inside and also the *%darned zip lock freezer bag inside. I have been known to slice the zipper part of the bag right off after I throw the chicken on the floor.
Once at a conference one of the attendees had brought some Boost and none of us were able to open it. It took a waiter and kitchen tools. They have since revised the closure. But this is a product made for people who are frail and weak. Massive fail.
I'll end with humour to cleanse the palate after those confidence shaking stories.
This "funniest voice mail I have ever heard" always makes me laugh even after so many years. and laughter is a great antidote.