Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Learning to be a Lefty

I'm STILL reading the biography of Gen. Braxton Bragg and enjoying it and, strange for me, also reading a mystery called Mr. Kill from Amazon Vine. Meanwhile everything is a huge project because of my immobilized wrist and hand.

Saw the doc Mon. and found that I can't get out of this until Feb. 2. Made a late afternoon appt. so we can go out to eat to celebrate and Dave won't have to cut up my food for me. :D

The main problems? Still not proficient in brushing my teeth with the wrong hand. So silly. Also having to put a plastic bag over my right arm to shower. Third, can't type as fast as my brain works. :)

The main benefit? Dave has to wash the dishes. I'm amazed he hasn't replaced our broken dishwasher. I thought surely this would do the trick.

Oh well, at least I don't have any pain - never did hurt since the surgery. And I'm healing well.

I expected to have lots of time to read but everything else seems to take up that extra time. Still, I'll get there. Whenever I feel frustrated, I think about all the soldiers who have lost limbs, and stroke victims who have permanently lost the function in one side. I know this is only temporary; I can't imagine how they keep their spirits up. I have a new respect for them.


  1. Hey wow, Dave doing the dishes! You should drag this thing out! :--)

  2. It's funny how much we take for granted isn't it? I'm glad you're pain-free and healing well.

  3. Best of luck! I'm crossing my fingers you get a new dishwasher -- the machine kind, not the husband kind.

  4. I´m really glad to hear you are making progress and in no pain. That is what matters, I think.

    Best wishes for you and your hand.

  5. So glad to hear you're healing well and adjusting to temporary life as a lefty, Barbara! There's still a bit of time until Feb 2, so you never know, the new dishwasher might still happen :)

  6. I'm a few days late here, so perhaps by now you're getting better at brushing your teeth and other odd-hand functions. All except the dishwashing. I'd definitely put that one off as long a possible.

  7. I hope things continue to go well with your hand! I had my arm in a brace for a few weeks last year and it made me realize just how much harder it is to do everything left-handed.