Ever since I can remember, I used to say that losing my right hand would be a fate worse than death for me. As a writer, a cook, and a painter (in my youth, nothing nowadays), there were few things in life I enjoyed that did not require the use of a right hand. But a losing your left hand? That would be fine, I thought.
Turns out I was wrong.
For those of you who are following me on Facebook and Instagram, this post won’t really come as news. On Sunday morning, after photographing two dishes, I decided to make eggs for Greg. If I had to document this experience in a recipe, it would look something like this:
Step 1: bring a pan to unbelievably high heat
Step 2: add 2 TBs vegetable oil
Step 3: forget all about it
Step 4: add recently chopped, still wet onions to pan. With your hands. Then act all surprised when hot oil comes jumping IN YOUR FACE.
Luckily, most of the oil ended up on my left hand rather than my face, my chest and my right hand, all of which only got very minor splashes. Unluckily, that oil did result in excruciating pain and burns ranging between first and second degree all over my left hand. So after trying to DIY my way to a fix, I gave up and went to the hospital.
A lot of tears, 4 hours later and $1,000 shorter (temporarily), I was home with a bandaged hand. Thanks to the doctors and nurses at Hôpital Notre-Dame, I feel much better about life, and I even managed to cook dinner (one-handed, but still!). My long-term care nurse, Greg, took care of all the little things, andI ended up feeling not too terrible by the time I went to bed.
The long and short of it is, typing one-handed is really difficult. And because I’ve barely mastered this blogging thing, I don’t have any typed up posts to upload. And the pain makes it a bit hard to was poetic about food and childhood, if to be honest. So expect to see me a bit less over the next few days, while I’ll be focusing on convalescing.
If any of you bloggers out there have tips on keeping up blogging while dealing with a long-term sickness or injury, let me know! And send me your best wishes.