Sandy: My sister-in-law fell when she slipped on black ice. She broke a couple of bones in her left wrist, sprained her left ankle, pulled her groin muscle and has many bruises on the left side of her body where she landed. Not only does she ache, she is inconvenienced because she is left-handed. She said doing things with her right hand feels very awkward, such as using a fork, picking up the food and getting it into her mouth. She normally grabs a handle with her left hand to get into the driver’s seat of her SUV but found that her right arm and hand isn’t as strong, even though she works out with a trainer 3 times a week, so it’s difficult to hoist herself. She says her right hand is so slow and everything takes more time to do. She is frustrated because she discovered her lack of dexterity in her right hand when she sent a text message. My sister-in-law is so strongly left hand dominant that it takes a lot of concentration to process information in order to use her right hand. She has a lot of energy and is used to working quickly and is getting very frustrated that her world has slowed down. When I drew this image of my sister-in-laws hand in a cast, I realized that I don’t even think about using my left hand any more, I just do it.
Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.