Invalid Tea

I’ve damaged my wrist and am feeling sorry for myself (all sympathy greatly received, I always think stoically soldiering through illness without complaint is much over-rated, you miss out on lots of sympathy if you keep quiet about it).

To cheer myself up, I made myself a little invalid’s tea using the clever teacup-and-saucer-joined-onto-a-plate my mum bought me in a second-hand shop recently. A cup of Twining’s tea and two petite slices of my mum’s home-made brown bread with smooth peanut butter and cherry tomatoes has gone some way to restoring my spirits.

I admit, I only posted this in an attempt to garner sympathy, and to show off my clever plate and cup combo. I’m fine really. If you don’t count writhing in agony due to searing wrist pain.


62 thoughts on “Invalid Tea

  1. Aw, so sorry to hear of your injury! Are you left handed or right handed? I hope you’re still able to use your best hand. I’ve never tried holding a tea cup with my left hand and think I would surely slosh the contents miserably.

    I’ve never heard of tomatoes with peanut butter. My mom used to make a delicious Lemon Tomatoe Marmalade but that’s the closest I’ve ever gotten to eating tomatoes sweet.

    • Thank you for your sympathy, I’m right-handed and that’s the one that’s sore, but l’m not too bad with my left hand so it could be worse. The hardest thing I’ve had to do with the ‘wrong’ hand is brush my teeth. Have you ever tried that left-handed? Really difficult.

      Do you think of peanut butter as a sweet thing? I think of it as a savoury. It goes very well with tomatoes though. That marmalade sounds intriguing, I’ve never heard of such a combination.

  2. Sweet tea is the best remedy for frayed nerves! I don’t know about injuries, but I’m sure it won’t hurt to try πŸ™‚

  3. Your tea set is lovely and sympathy you shall get! Poor you! Don’t be stoic, the days in which people went through illness stoically were the days in which people were more likely to die from their illness. Really I think they just didn’t want to be remembered poorly…since you will be well and posting fun things soon, I say whine a little!

    • Thanks very much Annie, that’s very kind of you. It’s so slow typing with one hand! I’ve been treating myself to some rather special chocolates I received as a gift the other day, and they’re helping.

  4. What a clever cup and plate! I’m coming to you from Annie’s Unrefined Vegan blog. So glad she pointed my your way.

    By the way, if you have a recipe for your mother’s brown bread, I’d love to try it. I’ve been looking to recreate some wonderful brown bread I had in Ireland a while back. Maybe Scottish is similar?

    • Hello and welcome! Thank you for coming to look at my blog. The plate is great isn’t it? Apparently they used to be very common in the UK but it was the first time I’d seen one.

      I’ll ask my mum for her recipe but in the meantime you might be interested in this blog:

      I read a recipe for wheaten bread there just today, and it’s Irish so it might be what you’re looking for.

  5. Oh no! Your tea wrist is out of action! I love the ‘special’ use tea cup and I agree, a mothers cooking can make the world seem a whole lot better!!! Rest up and take care πŸ™‚

  6. Ouch- you have my total sympathy and understanding. I was just there.

    Last summer I had our young very energetic dog out on the leash( which I seldom did, never do now) and a delivery man slammed the door of a van very vigorously, with a loud clang, The dog is frightened by loud noises, especially if they have a metallic sound. She leaped forward, I took a tighter grip on the leash with my right hand, and guess what? Splat, down on the grass, with my left hand taking the whole weight…but…I held on to the leash. Well, broken wrist-no driving or anything for a month.

    It was my left hand and I am right-handed, but I have some arthritis in my right hand so I tended to do the things requiring picking up heavy things, opening things, etc., with the left. I had to get my husband to fasten my bra.

    Complain all you want, use ice and heat and ibuprofin – those wrists can hurt.
    At first I turn down the offer of pain meds from the doctor but, after a night of walking the floor, I humbly asked for them . Just a few times did I need them—but it was helpful to get.

    Take care of yourself. I love the teacup- and the lovely set-up. Have you tried peanut butter in oatmeal? I’ll tried it( pb) with tomatoes as soon as I get some fresh ones.

    • Ooh no, your injury sounds truly dreadful. I was worried I might have fractured mine but I don’t think it’s that bad. A whole month’s recuperation? That’s pretty severe, I really hope it’s healed up nicely now. It’s amazing how debilitating it is, wrists are so flexible and when movement’s restricted it really interferes with simple things in life. I’m taking daily pain medication for sciatica (I sound like a complete wreck!) so I’m sure that’s helping the wrist pain too. Thank you very much for your empathy.

      I’ve never had pb in oatmeal, do you mean just add oatmeal to it?

    • Thanks TBM, it doesn’t appear to be severe. I’ve got a tubigrip for each wrist and some anti-inflammatory tablets to take 3 times a day. The doctor thinks it’s just ligament damage and what I need to do is rest it, so less typing and more swanning around drinking tea, I think.

  7. {{{HUGS}}}, sympathy and commiserations, Lorna!!! Ouchie. I hope you can milk this situation so that there is some kind of upside to it.

    Get better soon. Sending healing vibes and tatsy treats your way xx

    • Ha ha, I didn’t notice that at first. Thank you Nicole, you’re very sweet. It’s been a great day for sympathy, I don’t know when I’ve ever had so much. I feel perfectly buoyant on it!

  8. I love the tea set. I’m very fond of irises. I’ve never heard of peanut butter and tomatoes before! Yes, in this part of the world we combine it with sweet things like jam, and bananas, and apples, and marshallow cream. We might occasionally eat it with celery.

    I hope your wrist gets better soon. I was wondering what happened to you yesterday.

    • Thank you Marian, you’ve cleared up a little mystery for me. I keep seeing peanut butter in sweet recipes from the States and thinking ‘ooh, how novel’ but that explains it if it’s the norm to use with with sweet things. The only time I really use it is on a sandwich, and if I were to bake it into a cookie I’d think I was being quite adventurous! What is marshmallow cream, by the way?

      The wrist is still troubling me, but apparently I just need to rest it a bit (very difficult, I’m going to have to go out to some tearooms to take me away from my laptop).

        • Thank you for that link, I know what you mean now, I’ve seen this is specialist delis recently and wondered what it was.

          I really don’t know how to rest my wrists. They’re at their most painful when I’m resting them, lying in bed. I tried driving yesterday and that was pretty painful on the left one, perhaps due to lots of gear changing, but painkillers helped. I’m not even entirely sure how I’ve injured them, I assume it’s a cumulative effect.

        • I’m not sure, I’m watching them as I’m typing this and I’m not aware of locking them but they do stay quite straight. I learned to type on an old-fashioned typewriter where I had to hammer the keys and it took me quite a while to get used to touching a keyboard lightly. I don’t rest my wrists on anything when I type they just float above the keyboard, I don’t know if that’s good or bad.

      • To test for locked wrists, suddenly press down on one while typing. Try to do it unconsciously… It’s easier if you get another person to do it. If it doesn’t collapse, it’s locked. While typing all your joints should move freely except for the “bridge” of your hand, which is your knuckles. If you press on those, they shouldn’t collapse. It doesn’t really matter if your wrists rest on anything, as long as they’re not locked.

        • How interesting, I’ve never heard of that before but I’m going to try it now…when I pressed my wrist went down but then it would under pressure, wouldn’t it? I’ll get someone else to do it for me too. How does it happen, the locking, and what do you do about it?

      • Re: locked wrists. I guess that sounds like a one time only situation. It’s more like if you type with tensed wrists. Body position and relaxation is very important in preventing repetitive use injuries. We always teach proper position for playing the piano, and it’s completely ergonomically correct even though it was only worked out by years and years of people playing the piano, and not doctors. It works for typing, too. Your wrists should be VERY relaxed–loose. Your fingers should move easily from the knuckles. You shouldn’t feel any muscles, really, except some in your shoulders. Your knuckles should be firm. Your wrists should be lower than your hands. They can rest on something or not. Mine rest on the laptop, but rest on nothing while playing the piano.

        • Thanks Marian, that’s very interesting. When you first mentioned it I thought you must know a lot about this kind of thing, with being a pianist. It is quite similar to typing isn’t it, although my keyboard is much smaller than that of a piano. How amazing that playing the piano is an ergonomically correct position to be in. I don’t mean to be cheeky, but an image has just popped into my head of chimps at a piano. I seem to have some memory of having seen that which is making me wonder if they’ve also evolved a piano playing posture that suits their bodies. I think my hands, wrists and fingers are very relaxed most of the time when typing. I spent many years as a typist and secretary so I hope I’ve found a way of doing it that suits me, although I have had repetitive strain injury in the past due to mouse use. Oddly enough, I read an osteopathic article yesterday that said the wrists should be higher than the hands, and yet I always thought it was supposed to be as you said, the opposite. However, for the moment while they’re sore it is certainly less painful for me to type with the keyboard lower and my wrists very slighly above my hands. I really don’t know what’s going on, it’s very odd.

  9. I hope your wrist gets better quickly and you don’t bother it too much with lots of typing!! When I first read the title of your entry, I did wonder what was wrong with your tea that made it invalid, i.e. not valid tea. Was it just pretending? Had it come from the wrong plant? Well I’m glad for you it’s real tea, although it’s a shame that it’s for you with a poorly wrist.

    • Thanks Sarah, very kind. I’m doing precisely what I shouldn’t of course, in typing. It’s strapped up though so that helps. I did wonder if I ought to do something about the title but then I decided I quite liked the ambiguity.

  10. I hope your wrist heals quickly. I would miss your posts if you were unable to write them.
    I haven’t thought of peanut butter as a savoury spread. I tend to have it with sweet spreads although now that I think of it I do have it spread into the hollow of a celery stick. It makes a lovely snack.

    • Thank you Heather, I think I’ll have to write this kind of sympathy-seeking post more often, it’s been surprisingly successful! I should be resting my wrist but I can’t resist a bit of typing, I’ll have to find some sort of compromise. I wonder if the UK is the only place where peanut butter is considered a savoury item. I like the sound of celery with pb, that sounds like an excellent combination. It works well on a sandwich with grated carrot too.

  11. You have my undivided sympathy, but only on the condition that you send me that wonderful joined-up-cup-and-saucer-and-plate by the next post, cos’ I LOVE it an covet it! Okay, you have my sympathy anyway and you can keep it, and DO get better soon and keep on treating yourself, with tea and cake!

    • Thank you Karen, I did treat myself today thanks to you and your fancy cakes. I’m about to do a post about it – and it will feature more of those cup-saucer-plates because I found another 3 in a charity shop!

  12. It truly is a clever plate-cup combo and lovely as well! When I’m feeling under the weather I enjoy a cup of Earl Grey with a spoon of honey. If I’m lucky, I pair it with one of Marry’s delightful sweets (from her Comforting With Food blog).

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