One of the things I’ve learned since having a stroke is simple: some tasks require a step back, before you can go forward
And nothing illustrates this better than the simple act of my writing a personal check. When I try to fill out a check by hand, the result is often so illegible t the bank returns it uncashed, and that becomes so frustrating I sometimes get flustered.
I use m bank’s online bill payment capabilities for virtual all of my checking but the need to physically write a check comes up at least once a month. The simple solution appears to be to buy check stock I can run through my printer.
But that particular solution is costly and not particularly easy for someone whose handicap is an inability to write.
That’s why several months ago, I found myself on CraigsList, entering the words “portable typewriter.”
A typewriter in the age of computers? “How quaint!” you may think.
But it’s a practical solution to a problem that I and other Americans left handicapped by a stroke that robbed us of the ability to write legibly face.
So if life hands you a lemon, adapt, step back to a proven technology and if you can’t make lemonade, at least make some ugly tie dyes—even if you don’t have full use of your good hand and are partly color blind.
I may have lost the use of my left hand in a stroke, but I didn’t lose my sense of humor.—Jim Forbes on 04/20/2010.