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6. Change the Hand You Use in the Toilet

Posted on the 01 November 2012 by Macnelliebus1 @macnelliebus

I hadn’t considered this one as a particular challenge, but life conspired to put me to the test.  I’ve damaged my right shoulder.  It’s a rotator cuff injury that makes certain movements extremely painful.  Putting that arm into a jacket sleeve, doing up a bra or seat belt, reaching across at an angle. Oh yes, and using toilet paper.  I’m right handed so I’ve been learning to compensate with a series of altered movements and techniques.  Some tasks just need the other hand so my very clumsy left arm is having a lot of new experiences. It’s a good test of patience and willingness to be incompetent as I perform familiar actions with an arm that finds them alien.

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