One Armed Household Management - Any Tips For A Mom With A Broken Elbow?

by Taylor
(Household Management 101)

I Wish I'd Had This Sign!

I Wish I'd Had This Sign!

Confession - I haven't posted in a while because last week I broke my elbow when I fell on the ice in my driveway!

I wasn't the least bit graceful, but I did manage to fall spectacularly hard and break my elbow so badly I needed surgery the next morning to repair it. (It would have been same day surgery, but the line from all the poor other souls that had fallen on the ice that day was too long.)

So here I am, sitting here typing one-handed, and just now a week later coming out of my drug and pain induced haze, and I realize I could use some help from you guys!

Fortunately, my parents were able to come up the day of the surgery and stick around the next day to shuttle the kids around while my hubby took care of me, getting the prescriptions, taking me too and from surgery, etc.

They also helped by giving hubby time to go to the grocery, and they did laundry and cleaned up so things wouldn't get too bad while I was recovering.

OK -- here's the thing -- I can't lift anything heavier than a pencil with my broken arm (left arm, thank God! since I'm right handed) for SIX weeks.

And even after that it will be a while until this is completely healed. So what do I do in the mean time with 3 kids, aged 8, 5 and 2, a husband, a home, and a full time job?

Looking at the positives -- I am healing, my family is wonderful and supportive, my job is letting me telecommute for a while, and the house hasn't gone completely to pot -- yet!

How do I keep everything as positive as possible? Any suggestions for one-armed laundry, dishes, etc.?

Please comment below if you have any suggestions!

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by: Anonymous

Can you teach/tell the 8 and 5 year olds to do simple household tasks, vaccuuming, dishes, etc and have hubby pre-prepare dishes the night before that can just be reheated in the oven the next day for the main meals, cassoroles etc, he can be told how to do the laundry, sorting and washing and learn how to fold them, after all, we all had to learn how to do all those things and more, even being a woman that is how we learnt, it did not just come natural to us??? Good luck, and sending healing vibes your way and hope all will be worked out for you soon.

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