1. Write down your memories from when you were a child to pass on to your grandkids.
2. Organize and label your photographs.
3. Plant a windowsill herb garden.
4. Ask for help without feeling guilty.
5. Request your favorite song on the radio.
6. Brush your pet.
7. Let your grandkids choose some decorations for your cast or crutches.
8. Go outside for some fresh air.
9. Watch the soaps you used to watch and see how much has changed…and what hasn’t.
10. Rent some movies you haven’t seen in ages.
When Jack P. of Brooklyn, New York broke his foot, he realized how hard crutches really were. “Crutches are harder than I thought,” he stated, “going uphill is hard, but downhill is actually the more difficult direction.” Because of where Jack lives, he quickly discovered that crutches were nearly impossible. “I live in a hilly urban neighborhood,” he said, “and have developed a newfound interest in pavement consistency.”
When people my age begin the day, it’s often started with the notion and reminder to stay alert and pay attention to surroundings. To be more specific, people over the age of 55, our eyes are glued to the path in front of us and our brain closely monitors the pace we keep. Why? Because our bodies are not as flexible as they used to be. We really have to be aware and pay close attention to what’s in front of us most of the time. I think some of the cautious paranoia comes from information and warnings we read online and in newspapers about “seniors” losing muscle, bone density, fat and changes in vision, hearing, reflexes, coordination and strength. It’s annoying when the little voice in my head turns up the volume to remind me, “Be safe and be careful.” Annoying, yes, but I am grateful for the cues. It’s kept me free of injury - until this past Sunday; that’s when my little voice failed. Or maybe I failed to be alert.
When you are on crutches, you likely want to spend most of your time sitting on the couch with your injured foot in the air. However, with Thanksgiving approaching, you have a huge meal looming before you. How are you going to handle creating that masterpiece while you have crutches hindering your every move? Here are a few tips to help you create that delicious meal with as little trouble as possible. No matter what, remember that this will undoubtedly be the BEST Thanksgiving Dinner you've ever made on crutches....and hopefully the only one.