If you have ever doubted it, if you have ever wondered about the importance of it, if you think it's just an anthropological marker, let me assure you that opposable thumbs are very good things!! For all intent and purpose, I have only one opposable thumb, the one on my left hand. I’ve worked all day trying to do some simple tasks, such as install some new vent covers and pound about a dozen nails into some molding to hold it in place. I got it done, but it took all day!! I can’t hold the hammer in my right hand, and I can’t hit the nail with my left one! So I’m finally calling “uncle.” Several little tasks will have to be assigned to someone with two useful hands. I just can’t do it.
I can’t pick up much, either. If it is heavy enough for 2 hands, forget it! I can hold things in my left hand but it doesn’t have good control, either fine or gross motor skills. Earlier I found some bottles of homemade wine stored in the basement. I carried them upstairs which wasn’t a big problem. However, I had a terrible time opening them left handed! I finally managed to get the screw tops open with the help of pliers in the left hand. Interestingly, last night I managed to uncork a bottle of wine left handed, but screw tops were just a different thing altogether. So why did I open multiple bottles of wine, you ask? Well, last night’s wine was to drink. The homemade stuff opened today was to pour out. We made it about 25 years ago, and it might (BIG MIGHT) have been OK for cooking, but not drinking. I poured them out.
Hell’s-bells, I can barely type, let alone handle tools of my own destruction! The splint causes me to hit the space bar when I don’t mean to, so keep backing up to correct it. I can’t use my right thumb to space, so I also have to use some other digit, and then I get my fingers in the wrong place and type gibberish. (Here is what the above sentence looked like before I corrected it: I can’t use muy right nthum b to space, so I also havne to usen some toehr digit,nand then I nget myun fingersnin the wrong nplace a nd type gi bberish,.) More corrections! This is very irritating!
I can’t write. The real estate agent was here earlier to finish up paperwork, and I simply had to take the splint off to sign! BTW, if you’ve sold a house recently, you know about the disclosure form. What a horrendous mess! I want to be accurate, but the way things are worded doesn’t make it easy to be accurate. It’s just a ridiculous form.
Look at this, this, this . . . Thing!! My lower lip is hanging about 2 inches beyond my face in the world’s biggest pout. Pleeeeeeeez feel sorry for me! I’m such a sad little moppet!!
(BTW, it is hard t take a picture of my own hand . . . I don't have a remote control, and the button is on the right!!)