LIFESTYLE, Mumbai Diary


When a broken wrist leads to a fashion emergency

Can a  broken wrist lead to a fashion emergency? Well as it turned out, mine did.

Coming to terms with a broken wrist didn’t take longer than it did for the POP to harden.

With my hand out of action, I settled down to enjoy the break from my daily chores.

  • no more driving the car
  • cooking was taboo
  • no more managing the household accounts. After all, there was just no way I could hold a pen leave alone sign a cheque.

With enforced rest, I was looking better . I also got more compliments than ever before for my sartorial style.

Perhaps, I was meant to be a lady of leisure. Click To Tweet

However, just as I was getting used to life in a sling, I developed a niggling pain in my shoulder. Not the all day dull ache but a throbbing ache that started at night.  The only way I could get some relief was when I slept upright!

Now Anna Shetty always calls me a hypochondriac who uses different ailments to seek attention. So it was with some hesitation that I mentioned this. Immediately, I could see a conspiratorial look pass between her and Dr. D as their worst fears were coming true. Either I was coming down with a Frozen Shoulder or there was more damage than we thought.

I went for an MRI.

It was here that I learnt that an MRI  requires a metal free garment  Else I’d have to change into a suitable garment.  Now am I phobic about wearing an unwashed garment that has been worn by many other patients before me. Equally, I was scared of the pain involved by multiple garment changes .

We found a rotator cuff tear in the MRI.And the only option was surgery.

I went off to equip myself with two button down shirts with non-metallic fastenings. This was harder than I thought because the shirt is  totally out of style.

Did you know that a front open shirt is more essential than a little black dress? Click To Tweet

I went from shop to shop till I found two cotton front opened shirts. Oversized ones that I could manage to put on easily. And since my arm was going to be strapped down, I bought two shoulder tie up night dresses .


The major learning from this experience

  •  Always have one garment that opens down the front or back in your wardrobe.
  •  Ensure that you have one elasticated pant/trouser.

After all, you can easily buy that Little Black Dress but a button-down shirt is another matter!


Did you ever think that having surgery would actually involve a new wardrobe?

Having surgery actually involves much more. Keep watching this space.

Till then,


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Author: Unishta

A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!


  1. oh my God! I wish you good luck on the surgery.

    Your MRI experience brought on a smile actually. I got one done last week and the experience was amusing. I was highly uncomfortable in their gown and refused to be strapped down under such discomfort. They gave in and I continued with my kurti and leggings. 😉 NO METAL zone is not tough to conquer, but yeah I can imagine the need for front open shirts and elastic trousers. ha ha
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    1. The MRI was a new experience for me . I managed it with deep breathing …. the sound was loud and quite unnerving and the technicians instructions made me more anxious rather than calm. The surgery seems to have gone off well

  2. Oh dear.. Take care.. Always good to laugh at the situation and look at the brighter side instead of becoming morose..By the time the plaster comes off, both the joints would have recovered.. And yes ..some ‘old fashioned’ garments can be of most useful in unexpected ways. ..
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