|My normal script|
This is what I learned when I couldn't use my right hand to fully type. I need my right hand. Not able to type properly I wasn't able to get thoughts out of my head. They were dammed up behind the part(s) of my brain that had to look at the keyboard and direct my right ring finger to the appropriate key. Even though I was in a writing mode, the words would not flow out of my head. And (at least in my head) when words are trapped by a dam, like water they eddy and swirl and are lost.
Things didn't necessarily improve once I was in the splint. I could use all the fingers on my right hand. Except my thumb. Which I use to hit the space bar. My typing turned into "Is [hit-space-with-left-thumb] this [hit-space-with-left-thumb] thought [hit-space-with-left-thumb] ever [hit-space-with-left-thumb] going [hit-space-with-left-thumb] to [hit-space-with-left-thumb] be [Ow!-Use-left-thumb-for-space-bar] completed?" I spent so much energy trying to teach myself to use the left thumb to hit the space bar that once again swiftly flowing thoughts washed away.
On the other hand, I went back to a standard two-button plus scroll wheel mouse, switched the buttons and was able to mouse quite competently with the left hand.
It is now a month post-break and the majority of the pain is gone. I can use my right thumb for both the space bar and the track ball on my mouse. I can use forks, spoons, and table knives with my right hand. With any luck I have strengthened my brain by learning to do simple tasks in mirror image.
And I'm now able to capture my stream of consciousness, once again, in legible text.
God, what a pain in the ass! The things we take for granted until we can't do them anymore, Makes me want to write a lot of long form blog posts by hand and just scan them in, just because I can. I also liked your imagery around the words getting dammed like water.ReplyDelete