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Sep 25, 2008 03:25 PM

Two Broken Arms - Need Lunch Suggestions

My ten year old niece fell earlier this week (leaping from playground equipment and missed) and has broken both of her arms. She is now in full arm casts. Her parents have a plan to get her back into school next week, but they need suggestions for what can be packed for her lunches. She can use her fingers, but that's about it, as the casts are full arm and she does not have a lot of mobility. All I can think of is soup in a thermos and a straw, which is going to get old real fast.

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  1. How about sandwiches cut in quarters? She can hold between thumb and a couple of fingers.

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    1. re: c oliver

      But she's can't manuever them up to her mouth ... that's the problem. And her mom doesn't think she'll ask for help from peers either.

    2. Alright, since she can't manuever to her mouth, she has few options. I would recommend having mom or dad talk to the school nurse and see if she can get some help eating. She can't feed herself, and it's not going to be fun...but it seems like someone will need to feed her.

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      1. re: milkyway4679

        It's looking that way, unfortunately. At least she's still smiling and upbeat!

      2. Goodness not fun. If someone willbe ableto help, how about cheese sticks with thin lunch meat wraped around? Or breadsticks with either od those?

        Good luck with her recovery.

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        1. re: hummingbird

          the other kids might tease her, but will she have enough use of her fingers to manage a small pair of tongs? would she have enough mobility to reach her mouth even with the tongs, but it might be worth a shot.

          1. re: KaimukiMan

            Nope, the current picture sent by my sister in New Mexico shows casts up to her biceps and the end of the cast close to the knuckles of her hands. Tho I like hummingbird's idea, that may be feasible.

        2. Oh good grief, Irostron. No ideas, outside of that silly beer hat with a milkshake in it perhaps - I just wanted to wish the poor kid a speedy recovery.

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          1. re: dolores

            Ah, but a protein type shake might be a good idea, since her intake may be somewhat limited, at least for the one meal and she is a growing girl. She's got help at home with breakfast and dinner. I will rely your wishes to her when I talk to her later today (and she is wearing a silly hat in the current picture sent by her mom). Thanks!

            1. re: lrostron

              Cool, Irostron.

              I was thinking about her some more (the poor kid!) and was wondering, how will she, well, you know, in school? Eliminate, I mean.

              Re that, is it possible for her to be home-schooled until the casts are off?

              Hubby had his arm cracked in one of those doors with a bar across it in school when a kid, so stories like this pain me.

              1. re: dolores

                That was one of my first thoughts as well, but her parents have met with the principal and the school nurse, and nurse will take on that issue while at school. Home school is out of the question, as dad is a local police officer and mom is the general manager of a large hotel property in Santa Fe. The school has stepped up and said that her particpation in classes would suffice until the casts are off, and if there's a test, the teacher will write her answers out for her. Things are working out so far.

          2. For a reason I'd rather not get into here, I was in a similar position as your niece is in yesterday. Aside from the straw thing, I had to wait until DH came home from work at 9P for him to feed me, take me to the bathroom, brush my teeth, etc. (sigh -- is this what happens when we get older?). I really don't think there's a way around it. Perhaps you can try to get those extra wide straws (like the ones they use for bubble tea) so she can at least have soups with small chunks in it. I wish her the best of everything with her healing!

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            1. re: Miss Needle

              I like the bubble tea straw for thicker things and will relay that to my sister. Thanks!