Can Anyone Give Me a Hand?

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It is time for me to roll out the red carpet for my awards ceremony thanks to TLN and his award. I will have to wait a bit though as I have had an injury of sorts.

Before I go further, I want to thank the beautiful Cheryl Moore for dedicating part of her ongoing story to me. She writes and draws at Unbound Boxes Limping Gods , an incredible work in progress. Both her words and artwork are a dream. I had written her after being transfixed with a drawing of one of her characters, Ancille , that seemed to me to move off the page, so enlivened was her artwork. The amazing thing is she thanked me for her work of art. How that generosity of spirit manifests is itself a thing of beauty. Thank you, Cheryl.

I haven’t written lately due to a hand injury. I had lost the use of my dominant hand. I couldn’t will a finger up if I tried. Now there is a revolving door of sweet nurses, talented physical therapists, occupational therapists; and I must leave shortly for a doctor’s appointment.

Thanks to an angel of a friend, I have now Dragon, the speech-to-text software which still is trying to learn the funny ways of my speech and thanks to a dear friend, Jen, a wonderful headphone and mic. Thank you, Jen.

The hand is getting better, but it has been very frustrating. This happened just after I was accepted with a scholarship to The Story Cartel. I am reminded of the injury my brother sustained as a violinist when he broke a wrist bone. He went into a severe depression due to his limitations. Though my reaction has been somewhat different, there have been periods of, well, even a writer finds it hard to find words for the abysmal feelings we must fight against as if our very soul depends upon it. In many ways, I believe it does; our soul must create, and any wall we encounter to that goal seems higher as our spirit is crushed further. My fight has been both physical and spiritual; but I am fighting. I am fighting the good fight, as a writing friend has stated.

Though it sounded quiet Freudian to me, it turned out to be an autoimmune reaction; as it was explained to me. The circuits between the hand and brain just stopped. Okay. Whatever; I just wanted my hand back. It was quite timely as May is the month of Lupus Awareness Month. Ironically, the Lupus Association decided this year that a symbol of awareness and solidarity for a cure would be to hold your right hand up in an L-shape. I just had to laugh as this disease is nothing if not ironic.

I must go to the dreaded doctor, but I will be back to post more and will be visiting all of you as I have missed you. Be well and happy.

Image credit: Agustín Ruiz via Compfight  

6 thoughts on “Can Anyone Give Me a Hand?

  1. Ciara Conlon

    Hi Lee,
    I hope the hand is on the mend, you are an inspirational woman. Did you write this blog post with the Dragon software? If it works for you I’m sure you will get a lot more work done in a lot less time! Good luck with your new method of writing and with your ongoing health struggles, I’m sure you will kick ass at both!

    1. Lee Tyler Post author

      Ciara! It is so good to see you here. I an loving your videos. That is my next field to conquer. It is much easier with a silly hand to talk than write. It takes courage though, and the right equipment.

      Dragon Natural Speak is rather hard. I had a dear friend of decades in town this weekend. She has written one postcard a day to me for over three years. Can you imagine that? She broke her wrist a while back and asked someone else to write out the postcards despite my pleading not to worry about it with her troubles, She as well used Dragon and found it quite hard. It is a wonderful tool, but there is a protracted training period.

      In answer to your question then, I used both Dragon and then cleaned it up by hand. I have been working with a physical therapist and have managed to get all but one side working; one of them being my typing, thank goodness. I just have to work on picking things up without them falling through my fingers! Rather important. ;p

      Again, it is so good to see your smiling face. Talk soon!

  2. Kimberley Grabas

    Lee,

    It’s amazing to hear your strength through the adversity and struggle of your disease. I admire what you can accomplish, and, honestly, it stops me mid complaint should I start to feel any lack of gratitude for all the gifts I have in my own life.

    Thank you for being an inspiration!

    Kimberley

    1. Lee Tyler Post author

      Kimberley,

      Your thoughtful and kind comments have left me speechless. I have often thought that the compliment says more about the giver than the receiver; so again, you’re very kind and thoughtful. ;p

      Pardon the delay in reply; I had a kick-a__ fever that left me no choice but to ride it out.

      I’m so glad you stopped by.

      My best to you!

      Lee

  3. Andrea

    Hi Lee

    I also hurt my right hand last year sometime. I realized then how important it was and how I took it for granted. Although my injury was not as bad as yours.
    I hope your hand get better.

    Andrea

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