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Right Brained

bandaged wrist“Wow,” I said, “I never realized how right handed the world is.” as I tried to open a zippered bag that was obviously intended to be opened by a right handed person.

“Right?” said my partner to me as I struggled to use my left hand.

She is left handed and constantly points out that so many things are right handed. She even swears that paperclips are right handed.

I am mostly right handed, though there are things I do left handed.

Today, however …

Today I am left handed. In fact, today I am not even supposed to be typing with my right hand, so I am mostly typing one handed with my least dominant hand.

And yes, I’ll tell you why. Yesterday a couple of well meaning doctors slid a wire into my right wrist and followed an artery to my hearty where they proceeded to make some alterations to the blood flow there in.

The resultant puncture in my wrist is a substantial one and I am required to consider my right arm to be broken for forty eight hours.

Thus …

I am not allowed to lift things, nor participate in repetitive activities … like typing.

So, back to this morning when I was momentarily struggling with that zipper.

“We’ve had this conversation before.” my partner said. And she is right, we have.


We’ve also discussed how much ADHD in a neuro-typical world is like being left handed in a right handed world.

If you have ADHD, just for an example, and you’re going out to a roadhouse style restaurant with friends, or heaven forbid, on a first date, how do you keep from staring at the TVs that are on every wall and in every corner?

Screens in waiting rooms where you’re asked to fill out forms are the same example of a neuro-typical world.

I could go on

I could cite other examples, but I’m kind of tired. They were poking around in my heart yesterday, and today I’m trying to type with just my left hand.

So I’m just going to say that, in my current circumstances I have been reminded once again that this is a right handed, neuro-typical world, and I don’t like it much for those characteristics.

And I’ll just add that I think it could be improved immensely by these limitations being identified and the world being educated about what it means to be left handed … no, wait, I meant to say what it means to have ADHD.

My sort of broken right arm

Right Brained

Kelly Babcock

I was born in the city of Toronto in 1959, but moved when I was in my fourth year of life. I was raised and educated in a rural setting, growing up in a manner I like to refer to as free range. I live on the traditional lands of the Chippewas of Nawash in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or 7 generations and my First Nations friend's families go back hundreds of generations. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 50 and have been both struggling with the new reality and using my discoveries to make my life better. I am a freelance writer and I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about living with ADHD and one that is a daily positive affirmation that acts as an example of finding the good in as much of my life as I possibly can.

Find out more about me on my website: writeofway.

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Babcock, K. (2020). Right Brained. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 30, 2020, from


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