“How I became a one-armed food bandit” by superfinefeline

Dear readers,

I think some of you have been wondering what I’ve been up to the past few months and why I am not responding to your emails. I will reply soon but do send me another email if it’s important as I have tons of email to sift through after weeks of neglect.

I met with a cycling accident a little over a month ago. I lost control, mounted a kerb and flew off my bike. I think I crashed into the exposed root of a huge tree before rolling to the other side of the root, where my friends found me with my left arm completely twisted like a wrung towel.

I broke 2 bones, dislocated another, tore the ligaments in my elbow and hurt a nerve. The pain was so bad that the hospital gave me as much morphine as I could medically be prescribed. It helped with the pain but came with side-effects like nausea, disorientation and drowsiness.

I had an operation to piece back the jigsaw puzzle under my skin. I now have 3 metal plates, more than a dozen screws and a very long scar. I need many months of physiotherapy to regain elbow, forearm and hand functions, though some will be lost permanently.

This experience though thoroughly harrowing and painful showed me who my true friends were, that even perfect strangers are capable of random acts of kindness and highlighted the important things in life. I also know for sure that I could never be a morphine junkie because I hated the side effects so much, I avoided it as far as possible post-surgery!

I acquired new nicknames…like “Tree-Hugger” and “Bionic Woman”, just to name a few.

Luckily, I’m right-handed so I can type fairly quickly as far as one hand goes and am still very adept with chopsticks.

During my sick leave, I have been honing my fridge-raiding skills in addition to quickly getting a bite of forbidden food, as my well-meaning mum and grandma have imposed a dietary prison sentence of sorts – all in keeping with avoiding food that Chinese old wives tales say promote scarring but defy modern logic. I became a one-armed food bandit!

Thankfully, it’s been a month since my surgery and some of the rules have been relaxed. I now have a crazy craving for ice cream (Cold Stone’s Dark Chocolate with Almonds & Oreo Cookies, Cedele’s Salted Caramel, Udders’ Rum Rum Raisin and Udders’ Tira-Miss-U) all in the name of increasing calcium-intake for my bones. :P

Craving Ice Cream

Till my next post, take care, eat well and thank you for reading my food blog! Have a fab weekend!   :)

* Making some progress with my rehab, hoping it keeps up because I’m determined to use my arm like I used to as soon as possible. Thank you for the encouragement, friends and random strangers whom I had the pleasure to meet! *

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I'm a caffeine addict & must have my caffeine fix on a daily basis. I started this food blog on 27 September 2006 and moved my blog from its blogspot address to my own domain name, www.superfinefeline.com on 28 July 2011.

10 Responses to ““How I became a one-armed food bandit” by superfinefeline”

  1. DSD
    March 16, 2012 at 8:51 am #

    Rest well and glad that you’re comforting yourself with all the yummy food!

    • March 19, 2012 at 11:05 pm #

      Thanks, babe! Do let me know when you are back in Singapore. Miss ya!

  2. March 17, 2012 at 7:17 pm #

    Hi Karen,

    Have a speedy recovery. I’m sure you’ll be up on your bike again!


    • March 19, 2012 at 11:07 pm #

      Hi Jason,

      Thanks so much! Hope to catch up with you soon!

      Karen aka SFF

  3. March 18, 2012 at 11:28 pm #

    Hey babe, oh gosh, it must have been a painful experience. I hope you are feeling much better! Sorry it took me so long to get back to reading your blog… had a crazy journey as well… =\

    How long more to regain most of your hand functions?


    • March 19, 2012 at 11:10 pm #

      Hi Nicole,

      How have you been? Hope you are doing ok. Drop me a DM on Twitter! :)

      I’m working to regain arm & hand functions. Tentatively another 6 months to go but I need to push myself hard (in spite of the pain) dring physio in the coming weeks to avoid losing certain ranges for good.

      Take care!
      Karen aka superfinefeline

  4. March 28, 2012 at 11:01 pm #

    Oh dear. Now I know the clearer picture. Hope you have a speedy and wholesome recovery!

  5. April 4, 2012 at 9:36 pm #

    Oh dear! It sure sound super painful babe! I hope you are feeling better and speedy recovery! xx

    • April 4, 2012 at 11:28 pm #

      Hi Lianne,

      Thanks! It was super painful but at least it’s recovering now. I can’t wait to be able to lift my Le Creuset Dutch Oven with both hands again. *praying*

      Have a blessed Easter weekend!

      Karen aka SFF

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