How to shower with a broken ankle!
I’m not ancient, I’m not decrepit, I wasn’t drinking, and I do generally look where I’m going but occasionally an uneven surface will catch out most of us!
When I broke my ankle my lovely neighbour Sue lent me her husband’s zimmer frame (fortunately he didn’t need it at that time) so I could get around the house easier with plaster of paris up to my knee. Getting round the house was easy. Showering? That was a different matter altogether!
So, in case you might need it in the future, here is my advice on how to have a shower with a broken ankle:
- Get into shower cubicle.
- Drag zimmer into shower after you.
- Realise you’ve been so busy positioning the zimmer that you forgot to take your clothes off.
- Take off clothes and start again.
- Hook left leg (with broken ankle) over the top of the zimmer.
- Realise you look like an advert for Readers’ Wives or Gynaecology magazine, start to cry.
- Turn on shower, alternatively scalding and freezing your skin.
- Bend over, balancing carefully, to reach shower gel, realising you look like an advert for an even more specialist magazine. Cry some more.
- Load sponge with shower gel, slather on body…where you can reach with one leg up and the good leg bent at the knee.
- Realise that rinsing is going to be no fun at all….keeping left leg hooked over the zimmer in a vain attempt to keep the plaster dry, start to rinse off shower gel.
- Notice that bandage round plaster of paris is drenched so aim to exit shower as quickly as possible.
- Fling the zimmer out and hop after it.
- Give up idea of washing hair in shower and head for the bath to lean over it instead.
WHAT I HAVE LEARNED…….if I lived on my own I’d just stay dirty until the plaster came off.
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