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How do I go about daily life with one arm in a cast?

I broke my elbow yesterday. On my non-dominant arm. How do I deal with one arm in the cast and the pain? How do I get dressed, take a shower, do dishes, and all of the hundred other things that I was doing two days ago? I am looking for very specific, step-by-step instructions, please. Thanks so much.

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Wrap your arm in a plastic garbage bag and use a plastic drape like at the hair salon. They are cheap. Use baby wipes for personal cleaning and facial wipes. Use a piece of non-skid rug mat on the counter to hold pots and pans in place to clean. It is washable and use it to hold jars still to open them. Sleep on the side of the bed with your good arm closest to the edge to reach stuff of the bedside table. Try a pillow behind your arm when you sleep. It may be easier to sleep in a recliner or propped up on several pillows. Most of all if someone offers help, take them up on it. Most people are sincere and are willing to do stuff that you can't or have a hard time doing. Good luck.

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I think with time after healing, you will adapt on using one hand at great ease. This will happen because your brain will be used to the idea of having one hand only in operation. A skilled therapist can advice you on how to go about your arm training.

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Taking a shower wrap the arm in plastic bags. I broke both off my wrist in a 2 year span. It's gonna take determination but you can do it. There are people living with no arms and they make it. Try planning. Things you need for the next day, take time at night to set it out. Think ahead. Carrying things use your good arm and your stomach. Holding it close to your body. You can do it. I wish you the best

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Have a trusted friend help you with any thing you can't do and take a shower ether with your arm wrapped in plastic or sitke it outside the shower

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First, deal with the pain. Your body will not heal as quickly if it is in severe pain. The first week you will need help with almost everything or you have to decide what can wait till later. If you have family close by ask for help. If you have a roommate, spouse or kids, get them to do things. Did your doctor give you advice about diet? Mine told me to eat a diet high in protein and low in sugar and simple carbs, no sodas. Wear elastic waistband pants and if you have someone that can sew, get them to rip the side seams on a few cheap or old shirts and put snaps or buttons on the side to make it easier to dress yourself or get a few wide sleeved shirts. To take a shower, have someone close by in case you need help. If you can borrow a shower chair or have a small plastic yard chair use it because you will not be very steady the first couple of showers. see below for the rest

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i just resently had my cast off after having it on for 6 weeks you will get use to using it and you will find other ways to dop the things you love

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Simple, you are hurt you don't do them your parents or friends help you or do them for you.

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I broke my arm as a child and had to adapt to writing,and my chores with my left arm,and when they took the cast off I realized that a injury causes one to learn way,s of coping and pressing foward

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to be honest, Ive never broken my arm, I would try to pretend the arm you didnt break was your dominent, depending on where you broke it, you can squeese the two arms to gether to hold certian things. just think of your brokne arm as a stick trying to get something through a gate.

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ive just finished going through this just dont hit any body its ok to use your casted arm with getting dressed dont carry any thing heavy with that arm and have a friend help you with lunch

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For pain, you should have a prescription that will help for at least a few days after the break.
For dishes, you cn probably use your fingers from the cast hand to somewhat hold a dish to wash it. Showers being difficult, you can probably cut down to 1 every other day. You are not going to be exerting yourself much for awhile. Do you have long plastic newspaper bags to use to cover at least part of your arm?

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I was a dishwasher when I broke my dominant arm and had no friends or family that could help. Take your pain meds. Ask for more if you run out. I bought a roll of plastic wrap (saran) masking tape and xlarge rubber gloves (like what they use in a hospital) When I showered, washed dishes I would put 2 gloves on my hand took the plastic wrap out of the box and starting at my wrist would wrap my arm up several times up and down then taped it around my arm with the tape it wasn't pretty but it worked. I am a female with long hair and I would wear my hair in a low pony tail. I wore capris with the drawstring and tshirts and sweat pants. The main thing is to plan ahead. Everything is going to take so much longer to do. Don't let yourself have a pity party. I swear you will get through this and you'll be so proud of yourself and your strength. And let us all know how you're doing.

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It might be hard, but your life will be a little harder than it normally was. this also depends on whether or not your dominate hand is in the cast. i spent a total of six months with a elbow cask on my arm. you will have to adjust a little, trust me, i did. Soon having a cast will seem normal.

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Get help with your mom. It's your mom, so you'd be totally fine. If your a girl, then have your mom help. If your a boy, ask you dad for help, or brother. (girls can ask their sisters too)
~~SparklyUnicorns~~

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