That Was Left Handed
Today I have accepted that I am going to have an operation on my shoulder, and that I’m not going to be able to strengthen my rotator cuff muscles to the extent that they provide stability to my labrum for the rest of my life.
When I encounter strangers while my arm is in a sling, they won’t need to ask, “Do you play basketball?”
(They'll already know.)
At least there will be one less hand to constantly sanitize for a few weeks.
Despite only accepting it today, I have been booked for the surgery for over a month now. And so I have spent a lot of the past weeks practicing daily tasks with my left hand to prepare for the recovery period. So far I have successfully, left handed:
- Buttoned my pants
Put headphones on
Taken slippers off
Cleaned my teeth (but not flossed).
Peeled a banana
Made a coffee (although the bottom of the milk frother will probably not be looking great by July.)
Patted a dog
Got up from the ground
I have a suspicion this will effectively cover all my daily activities from May 19 to June.
Surprisingly, nearly all of these things came naturally and didn’t require much honing at all.
I suspect I have been preparing for not having a right arm ever since I got addicted to my smartphone.
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The woman with the fake tan stepped into my office, sat across from my desk and lit a cigarette.
At least, she would, sometime in the next 20 minutes. Smelling the future has advantages, but precision isn’t one of them.