The sound of one hand typing. Drawing Luke Hockley.

The sound of one hand typing.

Dear Self,

I am typing this with one hand, my left hand, not my confident, dexterous right hand, my under used, slightly ignored and taken for granted left hand.

I seem to have injured my thumb/wrist whilst lifting heavy weights at the gym. Truth is my right arm has always had some stuff going on.

I think it started when I was a teenager and I did a backflip and crushed my middle finger under my body weight. It took a while to recover. I think I learnt to write again in a strange way to compensate.

There are very specific movements that I find uncomfortable, and everything else seems fine. It generally gets better as the day goes on, but then I wake up in the morning and it is very sensitive.

So yesterday I decided to give it some rest for a few days and see what happens. Last night I noticed that while I’m sleeping I keep using it in the ways that make it sore, so any wonder I’m waking up tender!

So here we are typing left-handed.

I think the trick is to not stop moving everything on my right side. Total stillness isn’t the pathway to recovery in my experience. However neither is pushing through pain, particularly if it creates more pain. I’m a bit confused how to best heal this one. Normally I am very confident about how to approach injuries. And I can work my way through recovery.

Of course this has happened at a time when I am writing and drawing more and more, perhaps this returning to drawing has flared something up…?

Holding a warm cup of tea is one of the most helpful things, as is thinking of my hand and arms as a part of my whole body (rather than isolated bits), I think returning to the Alexander Technique would be pretty useful right now, probably teaching it would really help me.

And then some patience alongside a belief that I have everything I need to heal this.


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