Using a knife and fork

I’m aware of some of the challenges I’m going to face when I ‘lose’ my hand again on Thursday. It sounds like such a simple thing – to not be able to use one hand for an extended period of time, but from my experience it is surprisingly debilitating. I’m just trying to prepare so I can accept things I can’t do and allow a bit of extra time for the things I can that may take a little longer or require some adaptation.

I won’t be able to drive, tie laces, put my clothes on, wash my hand (for at least a month) amongst other things. I previously worked out a way to wash my hair with one hand kneeling and leaning over the bath. It sort-of works.

I’ve a friend’s birthday meal in a few weeks (outdoors) and realised that I’m not going to be able to eat my food with a knife and fork. I’m wondering if the might be a bit embarrassing but I thought perhaps I can either 1. get someone to cut my food for me (not my preferred option) or 2. just stab the food with my fork in one hand, stick the whole thing in my mouth and chew it with my teeth. I hope it’s not steak.

Published by AnnaH

My name's Anna and I decided to write a blog following an accident last year. I will never regain the full use of my right hand and an operation led to additional, ongoing complications. This is about my struggles following the accident and the challenges of trying to save the use I still have in my hand. It’s a story about my product and why it appeared in my head one day because of my traumatic experiences. How I took that positive vision and worked towards bringing it to life. The challenges of putting it together and getting it to the market whilst still undergoing debilitating, ongoing treatment. It's a journey you can share with me. I'm not there yet...

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