The Return Of My Right Arm
They are cutting it off in a week – not my arm you understand but the plaster – and then I shall have my right arm returned to me after this unfortunate episode which began a month ago when I slipped and broke my wrist. I count myself lucky that it was a routine accident which will heal completely and thus is of no consequence in the wider scheme of things.
Already, I am typing these words to you with the fingers of my right hand and, in recent weeks, you may have spotted my photographs of Rodney Archer and of the trees in Brushfield St, which I managed to take by holding the camera in my left hand and pressing a single finger of my right hand against the shutter.
Let me admit, I cannot remember too much of these last weeks while my right arm has been out of service, although I shall never forget the moment when the doctor grabbed my broken limb by the hand and pulled as hard as he could to set it back into shape. Since the plaster was applied though, the arm became strange to me from the elbow downwards, secure in its case yet an unremitting source of discomfort too.
In response to this affliction, I have been sleeping away the hours. Each day, I have left the house to do my essential tasks before retreating again to my bedroom as soon as possible. My bed acquired a second counterpane of papers, where my cat nestled among the litter as I lay there putting my stories together.
Over the past weeks, I have learnt to do my buttons and light fires with my left hand, though cutting my nails and changing light bulbs still eludes me. Anyone who has received an envelope addressed by me will, perhaps, have thought twice about the deranged spidery left-handed handwriting.
I’d like to thank my loyal readers for their patience over the last month, while I have been unable to run around and undertake interviews and take photographs in my usual fashion. This situation will be remedied in coming weeks as use of my right arm returns to normal.
I am looking forward to the spring.
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