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I might be scarce Today

I wanted to give people a heads-up that I probably won’t be doing a lot of writing today, though it would be noticeable anyway. Yesterday afternoon, my left hand stopped working. There’s no reason for it, but I can’t close my hand or get my fingers to work. I’m right-handed, but use both hands to type. I’m typing this post with one finger on my right hand.

It never fails to amaze me, how much I normally use my left hand, without thought. I won’t even be able to run the computers at church today because I need both hands. I’ve strained my left wrist in the past, so this isn’t the first time I’ve been forced to do things one-handed, but this is a little different. There is no pain or numbness, the hand simply refuses to work and I don’t know why.

Ella was afraid that I was having a heart attack, but again, no pain or numbness. That would seem to rule out a stroke, too, especially since only my hand is effected.

I don’t do doctors and haven’t been to one for about 36 years, for reasons I won’t go in to now, but if this doesn’t get better, I may end up doing so.

Anyway, if you don’t see me around much today this is why.

  • Have you ever had to use just one hand for typing and everthing else?

    • Yes
    • No


What do you think?


Written by Rex Trulove

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    • It’s looking more and more like a pinched nerve in my shoulder. The only pain I’ve felt has been when I’ve raised my arm above my head. My wife has a STEMS unit for electro-therapy. I used it on my shoulder and this morning I woke up better and well enough that I was able to tie my shoelaces. That may not sound like much, but I couldn’t do it yesterday

  1. Get well soon, Rex.

    In my case I would find loss of use of my left hand particularly difficult, given that i do a lot more with it than with my right hand, including writing.

    36 years seems a very long to go without seeing a doctor. I would have no qualms about doing so if the need arose – our wonderful National Health Service is the best in the world.

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