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Day 180: A Broken Arm Bathing Buddy!

Day 181: Every Scrap is Sacred
Day 179: Jilli's Day Off Jacket

So…today I went to the hospital to get a metal plate removed from my arm.  Several months ago, I was volunteering at the museum.  Someone spilled a drink, and I managed to slip, fall, and land on my elbow, shattering it in several places.  🙁  Fortunately, I’m a fast healer, and was able to talk my awesome doctor into removing the metal plate and pins  that have been holding my arm together earlier than expected!

Don't worry 'bour me, folks!  :)

The surgery went well.  The doctor in the recovery room told me I was the happiest and most pleasant patient he’d ever had (I swear it was the meds!).


Unfortunately, I have to wear a huge dressing for a few days that keeps my arm immobile.

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Big ol' Bandage!

Also, I can’t get it wet.  This makes showers problematic.  :/  When I had my arm in a cast, I would grab a big garbage bag and awkwardly tape it around the offending appendage.

But today, I had a better idea!  I started off with a plain ol’ garbage bag.

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Sans Trash, of course!

I sewed off enough of it to make it into a slender sleeve.

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Stitch it up!

I trimmed off the extra plastic, and slipped my arm into it, securing it at the top with a rubber band.

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Self-Photography is a challenge.

Now that I don’t have to wrestle with a giant bag, bathing is a breeze!


Day 181: Every Scrap is Sacred
Day 179: Jilli's Day Off Jacket

8 thoughts on “Day 180: A Broken Arm Bathing Buddy!”

  1. my grandmother would put the newspaper sleeve on my cast when I broke my arm. as a kid. IN SUMMER! also bread bags worked too. add a large rubber band to the top to close it off – UPCYCLE/REPURPOSE WHOOP WHOOP!

    as an adult i also use bread bags to put my shoes in for travel so my dirty soles dont rub on my clean clothes. MEEP!

  2. Lucky you got it removed! I broke my ankle in 3 places and have a plate and 8 screws holding it together now- I’ve been told they’ll never be removed due to the type of break- 🙁 And you can see and feel the plate and screws! Ick.

  3. They took all the pins and plates out? I shattered mine in three places a few years ago and they left 7 screws and three plates. They could only take out three screws. Maybe mine was worse. That’s crazy to me that they took em all though.

    • The plate was really uncomfortable for me (and you could easily see it through my skin…ewwwww!),so they took it out. My break was fairly clean though, so maybe I didn’t have as many screws as you.


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