Monday, 2 May 2011

Sling success

I've managed to alter my sling to make it front-fastening.

This is a big deal. I haven't been able to use the sling for months because I could no longer put it on because of the way it fastened at the back. But I've really needed it, but in terms of a visual reminder to people to be careful when I'm out and about, and simply to support the weight of my arm.

For the past few weeks, I've needed to have my arm supported wherever I was sitting or standing, but the only way I could do that was with cushions or the zip on my jacket. Moving around, even just at home, it was very difficult and pretty ineffective. Going to fetch prescriptions and such like was a real problem, and I was always terrified of someone bashing into me.

That could still happen, but at least with the sling on, people can see there's a problem and hopefully will be more careful.

The other advantage of having sorted the sling is that the horrible headache that's been coming directly from the shoulder pain all day has finally eased. You have no idea what a relief that is. Nothing else has worked - heat, pills, food, lying down, it's still always been there.

The reason I had to fiddle about with my existing sling, though, is that almost all of the ones on sale fasten at the back. Why do manufacturers assume that everyone with an injured arm has someone around to do the sling up for them? It's ridiculous. There are injured and disabled people out there, you know, living alone. It's shocking, but it is true.

Of the two - two! - front-fastening ones I could find, one was only available from the US, and the other was made from recycled car seatbelts (I kid you not), and looked like something out of some dodgy S&M movie. Pathetic.

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