(Closed) Ideas to do during the day with limited mobility…

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

How much longer do you have to take it easy?

I have had 5 foot surgeries, each of which has required me to be completely nonweightbearing from 8-13 weeks. I feel your pain. It is such a rotten feeling to be so bored, helpless, and in pain. 

With that said, I have not yet mastered the solution to what to do while NWB. It’s hard. I watched a lot of TV, read a lot of books, and really honed my crafting skills. I’d like to think that because of my surgeries I’ve become a much more crafty person (though I was already pretty crafty). Pinterest was my best friend. I also spent a great deal of time searching for recipes I wanted to try when I was better.

A big tip- get outside, no matter how hard it is. Be careful, take your time, but going outside, even just to sit on your deck, will help you SO much. It can be really depressing cooped up inside for so long. 

Even though it might be hard, shower regularly, put your makeup on, dress cute. This helps too. When you look good, you feel good!

Sorry I wasn’t much help, but it really is a tricky spot to be in. I hope you recover quickly and don’t go TOO crazy in the process!

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Ouch! That sounds horribly painful, and I am so sorry you have to deal with this 🙁

I shattered my elbow in January, and I was pretty immobile from the pain – it hurt horribly all the time, but somehow is hurt SO much more if I moved it even a bit. I spent a lot of time on the couch, the majority of it asleep from the pain meds (they completely knocked me out). When I was awake, I did rely on the TV quite a bit. I also read a lot in the second month (I couldn’t muster the energy to even hold my phone before then, sadly). Do you have an iphone or a Kindle? They are great, because you switch between books without having to get up, and you can download tons of free books online. I have a bunch of recs if you would like them!

I am not crafty either, but maybe give crocheting a try? It is MUCH easier than knitting (which I have never figured out), and there is something satisfying about having a trail of fabric that you made as evidence of progress 🙂

Also, CALL YOUR FRIENDS. Seriously, call to chat, and ask them to come over and hang out if they can. It is great that you get to see your fiance and son every night, but seeing other poeple helps keep you from going crazy. Feel free to PM me, too! I feel your pain and would be totally up for chatting 🙂

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

You could read books, maybe organize photos into albums, umm…lol since your not into crafty things, and TV and internet are getting boring…I have not many ideas.

Post # 7
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7610 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Get a pet!  I broke my ankle (driving foot as well) in August of last year.  I wasn’t allowed to put any weight on it at all.  Luckily, I had a wheelchair to use while I was healing.

Anyway, long story short, I got a hamster.  I also slept a lot and watched the entire series of CSI.  Oh, and that’s when I joined weddingbee.  Good luck with healing!

Post # 8
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1128 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@Juliepants:  lol aww a hamster! cute 🙂

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Oh, I’ve been there!!!  Hmm… some ideas…

You can make some presents for people. I spend hours making things on zazzle.com for all my friends and family.  Just finished making a puzzle for my friend, with his favorite cartoon on it.  Don’t worry, you don’t need to be crafty!  Just take pictures you have of people, and then add captions. Or find pictures online.  You can literally make ANYTHING… coffee mugs, postcards, aprons, toys.  Go ahead and knock out your whole christmas/birthday shopping for the year!!!

You can go on the answers section of yahoo.com http://answers.yahoo.com/ and answer questions for whichever topics you might have expertise in. You do need to get a yahoo account though to do that, which takes 2 seconds. Sometimes I go to the relationship section, and help out depressed 14 year old girls.  Or go to the parenting section or marriage section.  It might make you less lonely!

Do you know anyone with a dog who stays home alone all day? Maybe they could drop him off on their way to work, and you could play fetch from the couch. 

You could learn to meditate!  Or get some language software for your computer.  I used fluenz to study french, and it was actually pretty fun!

You can download a karaoke app for your phone or ipad.  When I downloaded smule, I literally played it for 2 days straight.  So addictive.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@Juliepants:  Ooh yes! A pet! With my worst surgery, I was completely and totally NWB for 13 weeks. I got a guinea pig just before the surgery to keep me company. Unfortunately, it died before I was healed. Boo. But it was fun while it lasted! 

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