Unilateral withdrawal

… But hoping for bilateral re-entry again by Christmas time.

Thinking back to the surgery on the left hand a year ago April: at least for the first several days, I’ll have to keep my arm elevated to shoulder height to prevent swelling in my hand and fingers.

So I might end up dictating blog posts – if I’m up to even thinking about such a thing — sitting on the couch with my arm propped up beside me, using the phone to dictate rather than sitting in my usual office chair at the desk.

So couch-blogging is what I’m doing now, with the dog trying to lick my face, and if she barks, I suppose she will be doing her own dictation here, but that is a risk I will have to take. Woof.

I may be doing more writing through Twitter than anything else for the next few weeks, so check the sidebar here for recent Twitter posts that will chronicle the challenges and delights of being a left-handed one armed man.
Hash tag #1hand

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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