How Would You Manage if You Had Only One Hand?

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What would you do if you could not type but had to write a blog? Or answer a text message or send an email? That is the situation I find myself facing in a few hours. In a few hours, I will be left with one hand. I'm not really sure where the other hand is going but it will not be in use for at least 5 to 6 weeks. Somehow, I will get through this because millions of other people manage to survive this sort of thing, and I can not be an exception.

People still function, and they go to work. I will probably love working even more because it will give me something else to focus on than thinking about the loss of my hand nor my arm. I've been practicing. But that is the sort of thing I would do. Always be prepared.

You can read more in my blog today about Typing With One Hand After Rotator Cuff Surgery.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Wow.    This will take quite an adjustment, Elizabeth.    I think there are Windows software applications to help disabled people by converting voice into typing.      

If you have a later version apple smart phone there's a little microphone icon down by the space bar for allows you to speak what you want to text.

Good luck and heal quickly!


Jan 26, 2015 08:55 AM #1
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Elizabeth - I hope you quickly mend!  That being said, you will get little sympathy from me about that one armed or one hand thing.  After all, I've seen you handle chopsticks, while eating and while texting with your other hand at the same time.  You may not be able to eat and text simultaneously with just one hand, but you'll get over it. . .LOL

Jan 26, 2015 12:04 PM #2
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

You'll be surprised by what one can accomplish with just one hand.  I don't believe it will slow you down one bit.  

Jan 26, 2015 07:19 PM #3
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Elizabeth.  It is amazing how you will adapt.  Good luck.

Jan 26, 2015 08:08 PM #4
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

M.C. Dwyer My Apple laptop has built in voice recognition too. Dragon works on Macs, and it's revised edition is pretty good.

Myrl Jeffcoat I could so eat with one hand and text simulataneously if I put my face into the bowl just like a dog.

James Dray I am completely right-handed and my left hand is generally more a supporting character.


Jan 27, 2015 01:38 AM #5
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Only an Elizabeth Weintraub post would leave me thinking about how I put on mascara.   I only use my left hand to hold the tube.  I guess I'd have to hold it between my teeth.

Jan 27, 2015 11:48 AM #6
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