This post on life with a broken bone is sponsored by Jasco. All opinions are my own.
A few weeks ago, I basically shattered my big toe. I wish I had a cool story to go with it, but nope. I simply stood up out of a chair and tripped over my own feet. Nifty, huh? You can see in this x-ray that my bone is in a few pieces.
Fortunately, it is my left foot, so I can still drive. And my husband is home too, so I have help. That still doesn't make life with a broken bone easy though!
If you've ever broken a bone, you know how life interrupting it can be. If you're finding this post because you've just broken a bone and want to learn how to make life with a broken bone easier, read on for some of the tips I've picked up.
6 Tips to Make Life with a Broken Bone Easier
Accept and Ask for Help
I have always had trouble accepting help, and even more trouble asking for it. I'm learning that life with a broken bone means accepting help – and asking for it. My husband and both girls have had to pick up a lot of slack because I can't do most of the stuff I normally do around the house. Laundry, dishes, cooking, general cleaning – it's all too much because I can't stand for long periods of time.
I've also had to learn to ask someone to get me water and bring me things. It hasn't been an easy lesson. My husband has had to pull things out of my hands and tell me to go sit down and he'll bring it to me. I'm getting better about asking for help – or at least I think I am.
Consider Your Personal Care Needs
How will you shower? Do you need anything special to cover and protect your cast? Do you need to invest in a stool for the shower so you can safely sit down? Will a detachable shower head make bathing easier? Do you have clothes you can get over your cast?
Fortunately I have a walking boot, so I can remove it to bathe and we have a detachable shower head so I've been able to make showering work. Clothing has been a challenge. The temperatures are cooling quickly in the mountain and my jeans won't fit over my boot so I'm stuck with shorts. Hopefully the weather doesn't cool too quickly or I'll be living in pajama pants until I can get the boot off.
Create a “Healing Station”
When I got home, I commandeered one of the couches in the living room and set up pillows so I can keep my foot elevated all of the time. I have a spot to keep my drink. My laptop and phone are plugged in right there. My arnica and essential oils are in reach. And it's in a location that allows me to see through most of the house so I don't feel left out.
Having my own little spot in the house to heal has been helpful. Much better than moving around constantly to try to get the things I need.
Look into Delivery and Driver Services
Fortunately I can still drive and I'm doing well enough now that I can walk with one crutch. So I can get to the store, the post office and the doctor on my own. However, not everyone living with a broken bone has that good fortune.
If you're living with a broken bone and can't get around, see if your local grocery store delivers. Or you may want to consider a meal delivery service. Uber or another driver service may become your best friend for doctor visits. And sites like Amazon that can deliver virtually anything in two days are a huge help too.
Prepare to Binge Watch
Since you won't be able to do any work around the house, you're going to have a lot of extra time on your hands. It's a great time to binge watch some new shows on Netflix, catch up on your favorite shows on Hulu or stream some movies from Amazon. It's easy to go stir crazy, so it will keep you from getting too bored.
Keep the House Lit at Night
My sleep has been lackluster at best since I shattered my big toe. I just can't get comfortable enough to stay asleep. This means that I can be up and down during the night. There is nothing worse than trying to get to the bathroom in the middle of the night, in the dark, when you're living with a broken bone.
I highly recommend installing GE Motion-Activated LED Lights in every room of the house.
This little change will make life easier after your bone heals too. I like the motion sensing LED lights because they only turn on when they sense motion, so they use less electricity. I also love that I don't have to have a nightlight on in my room all night – it only comes on when I get up.
I have a power strip on my side of the bed, and I plug a Motion Sensing LED Light into it so I can see the ground clearly at night.
I have one in the bathroom too so I don't knock over a bunch of stuff in the middle of the night.
They're super easy to install too. They plug in just like a nightlight, but have a 45-minute timeout feature. They also have a dual light level so you can have it at the level that you prefer.
While these motion sensing LED lights are wonderful for life with a broken bone, they're great for everyday life too. You can put one beside the coffee maker so you can see it right away when you walk up. Remember, the time is changing soon and we're going to have dark mornings!
They're also great to have in hallways so they illuminate when you (or one of the kids) needs to make that midnight potty run. You can use them in any room – bedrooms, kitchens, basements, hallways, attics, closets and more.
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