“I need to sit down,” said Tracey, “so can you do the dishes tonight?” Then I saw her eyes brush over my wrist. “Oh, I forgot. No worries. I’ll do it.”
She might have caught me out at this point if she’d been looking at my face but fortunately she wasn’t so I slunk away to the lounge room and my laptop to make the first of several review notes.
Helps get me out of housework.
I can’t believe I didn’t think of this earlier!
Last year, in August, I hurt my arm moving boxes. It was my own fault. I thought I was eighteen and buff when I’m actually late forties and bluff.
So when I was asked to trial some 3M FuturoTM products designed to give support to various injuries such as mine I was keen to get involved. Especially after I asked my local chemist about the products and she gave them a big thumbs up.
“They’re very popular because they work,” she told me.
But the biggest benefit for me wasn’t even this.
My having injuries named after sports always makes my wife, and the girls at my work for that matter, chuckle in a very unsupportive way because outside of sexercise I’ve done almost zip since high school.
“I have tennis elbow,” I want to tell people when they go to shake my hand. “And golf elbow.”
Unfortunately, though, I inevitably just take their proffered hand and grimace. Then, for the remainder of the day, I whimper a lot.
For a week now I’ve been sporting (there’s that word again) a tennis elbow strap and a wrist stabilizer and the benefits go way beyond the jargon on the boxes about relieving symptoms and delivering targeted pressure.
For a start, they look better than a bandage. More professional.
Secondly, when you wash a standard cloth bandage you inevitably have to untangle it from the rest of the load. Not a problem with these – just dunk them in some warm soapy water.
Thirdly, and I can’t stress how important this is, they have dials. Dials you can play with. They’re there to tighten and loosen the firmness of the straps and braces, but sometimes (often) I found myself loosening the dials just so I could tighten them again. Yep, it’s that much fun.
Fourthly, convenience. It is so much easier using these proper supports as you can put them on with one hand rather than trying to use one hand to wrap a bandage around the other.
And finally, the biggest bonus which was revealed to me the very first day I wore them and cunningly got out of doing the dishes – people can see you’ve got an injury without you having to tell them so they take a care.
For example, I haven’t had to shake a single hand while I’ve wearing the wrist brace! That’s a whole world of pain I’ve been relieved of.
Not that it worked on the dishes for long.
“I’ve got work to do,” Tracey told me on my second night wearing the wrist brace.
We’d had burritos for dinner. There were dishes everywhere.
“Would you mind…?” I said to her, nodding towards the sink and holding my arm.
“Sure,” she said, reaching out and turning the dials on my brace to loosen it.
This wasn’t going to plan.
“It occurred to me when I was halfway through the dishes last night,” she said, tugging the brace off my arm, “there’s nothing wrong with your wrist. It’s your elbow you’ve buggered. And,” she continued, tossing the brace onto the bench and smiling menacingly at me, “you’ve been doing the dishes just fine before you put his thing on.”
Ah, well. At least I got one night’s free pass out of it. Turns out I’m even less bluff than I thought.
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Thanks to 3M Futuro™ I have some of their fantastic products to giveaway.
2 x Custom Dial Wrist Stabiliser (RRP $57.99 each)
2 x Custom Dial Tennis Elbow Strap (RRP $49.00 each)
In the comments below tell me your funniest or most unusual injury, and include which of the 3M Futuro™ products you would like to win. Four winners will be selected. Entries close 9pm Sunday 14th June 2015.
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WINNERS ARE GRINNERS
Thanks to everyone who entered, but sadly there can be only four. So many fun answers though, and I recommend you all to look through the comment section and have a giggle. See you next comp!
Lisa – WRIST STABILIZER
My husband has carpal tunnel in his wrists. He claims it is the result of supporting me through the births of our three children. I would love to win a wrist stabilizer so he can’t whinge about it as much in the lead up and aftermath of our imminent fourth child’s birth.
Natasha – TENNIS ELBOW STRAP
I sprained my thumb picking up a pillow off the floor. I was so exasperated, asking my son “how hard is it to pick up a bloody pillow?”, picked it up with such force that I smashed my thumb into the ground!
Rebecca – WRIST STABILIZER
My lovely slender friend convinced me to do some pole dancing classes with her. I am not a slender girl and apparently my wrists were not designed to drag my considerable booty up a pole! This resulted in such pain that I was unable to even twist a door handle without it taking my breath away. The funniest part however was seeing people’s expressions when my near teenage son told everyone exactly how I’d injured myself – complete with re-enactment if there happened to be a pole nearby! Needless to say, I would love one of the wrist stabilizer.
Catherine – TENNIS ELBOW STRAP
Thought it would fun going down the fireman’s pole on the kids’ swings at the park. Landed on my foot the wrong way (which ended up being sprained) and when I tried to stand, I fell on my left wrist and broke it. Had pain in it ever since. Mostly when I have to do something I don’t want to. Apparently poles are only meant for kids. And strippers. Weird.
“Raising a family on little more than laughs”
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