This long essay by journalist Miles O’Brien describing what he has gone through since losing his left arm in February is one of the more riveting pieces I’ve read in a while. Well worth your time.
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I think one of the reasons I found it so interesting was that when I destroyed my shoulder and it was in a sling for months, I learned that brushing your teeth with your left hand or cleaning yourself after using the toilet with your left hand is not as easy as you would think it would be when you have used your right hand your entire life. For the first week or so I had toothbrush wounds on the roof of my mouth because I wasn’t used to the motion and kept jabbing myself. I’m almost ambidextrous now because my shoulder still hurts every day and there some things I can not do with it, and for years my right arm and forearm were more muscular, but now my left arm is larger. Just weird.