If you’ve missed the news, Wendy is at home with a broken arm and is recovering from a gnarly surgery. She showed me the x-rays post-surgery and I keep cringing in sympathy pain. The upside to this situation (and really there is exactly one upside) is that she has figured out the things that you need should you find yourself in a similar situation. We hope you don’t, but if you do we’ve got you covered.
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Broken Arm Supplies
Revlon One-Step Dryer OR Hair Dryer Stand – Wendy ordered the stand so that she could dry her hair hands-free, but then remembered that she already owns my personal favorite hair tool, the Revlon One-Step. The Revlon dryer really lived up to its one-handed potential and in addition to giving a great blow-out, it saved the day when Wendy was down an arm.
Pill Sorter – Childproof caps are impossible to get open one-handed, so have someone dole out your meds into one of these, so that you can easily access them throughout the day. Getting behind on pain management is the pits.
Waterproof Arm Cover – Wendy lovingly calls this her arm condom, but it’s far better than the old days when we would wrap a bread bag around our cast and hope it didn’t get wet.
Spray Deodorant – When one hand is basically useless, spray deodorant will allow you to get into both pits, although with somewhat less accuracy on one side than the other.
Spray Leave In Conditioner – If your broken arms leaves you needing surgery you’ll have several days where you’re out of commission. Wendy reports her bedhead is seriously helped with the addition of a spray-in detangler/conditioner.
Best Tumbler Ever – All you need to know is that this tumbler is under $10 and if you fill it with ice and water before bed you’ll wake up to water that is still icy cold. I’ve turned on a lot of people to the magic of this tumbler that comes in a lot of color options (this blue floral is my personal favorite, but Wendy has the green.)
Comfy Pajamas – Once again, these pajamas are great broken arm or not, but you’ll want something with pants that are easy to pull on and a button-down top.
Button Down Short Sleeve Shirt – We both own this shirt, and it’s turned out to be the best thing for a broken arm. It buttons rather than pulls over your head, is short sleeve to accommodate a cast, and it’s comfortable for lounging.
Sling – This is less fun than new pajamas, but immobilizing your arm while you move around is necessary.
Ice Packs – Boring but also necessary if you’re out of frozen peas.
Floss Sticks – If you can’t do it one handed, it’s not happening. Enter these floss sticks.
While you’re homebound, might we suggest a binge-watch? I’m a fan of Downton Abbey, but not even days of bedrest will get Wendy to watch. We both love Gilmore Girls and have written out our ultimate guides to binge-watching these shows!