Thursday, February 18, 2010


So it been almost a week since I broke my wrist.  Which means I haven't been able to use my right hand for the past 6 days.  Which means I'm getting pretty good with my left hand.  Which means I just might become ambidextrous by the time this whole thing is over.  I've had to learn to do a lot of things with one hand (and my left hand at that): brush my teeth, wash my face, control the computer mouse, text message (which has caused a cramp in my left thumb), write (like a 6 year old), type (also like a 6 year old), eat (not a pretty sight), and just about everything else.

I went to the doctor on Tuesday.  He took some more xrays and said things are looking good.  The splint is holding the bones right where they need to be, so he decided to leave it as is and not put a cast on right now.  My right hand is so swollen and bruised. It looks like a dead person's hand.  (Doesn't that make you want to hold my hand?!)  The doctor said I should raise my hand over my head to help the swelling go down.  So for most of the day I'm sitting at my desk with my arm propped up on an upside down box.  People keep walking by asking if I would like to ask a question.  And my arm seems to constantly itch - probably just because I know I can't scratch it.  So right now I'm sitting here sticking a kabob skewer in my cast trying to scratch those itches.  It's heaven.

The first day and a half I thought this whole one-armed, left-handed thing was kind of a neat experiment.  But after about 36 hours, I was ready to be done with it.  I've gained a new appreciation for normally having use of both of my hands.  I guess I've given up the use of my right hand for Lent.  Easter is going to be extra joyous this year!

a sample of my ambidextrous skills

1 comment:

  1. All the really great minds are left-handed! You might want to convert even after you've healed!
    You're writing isn't half bad.
    Love you.
    (I can post now...for some strange reason.)