Thursday, June 7, 2012

Learning New Tricks

I have been rediscovering the joy/frustration of learning old tasks over again as a result of my elbow surgery.

For instance--have you recently brushed your teeth with your non-dominant hand in control of the toothbrush? I have. It is amazing how differently my mouth felt.

Another fun task is buttering my toast without the assistance of my trusty dominant hand. Ugh. I cheated on this one after making an incredible mess.

Sadly, I have been taking my non-dominant arm and hand for granted, I realized. All of the important work was being accomplished by the experienced and coordinated dominant (left) hand.

I did enjoy my first razor shave delivered by someone else--my daughter-in-law.

For all of the new experiences though, I cannot wait until I can fall back into my comfortable rut of completing simple tasks without thinking about them. And I long to have my right arm and hand returned into the comfortable role of non-dominant yet capable second.

Sooner would be better.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD
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