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No Hands . Left-Handed . Right-Handed and Ambidextrous People

I wanted to talk about this fascinating topic today.
We can do so much with our hands and for the majority of people, our hands are the means of working and providing for ourselves and our families. Not being able to use one or our two hands, truly creates a disability, as we will have functional limitations with regards to many particular activities.

Some people are born without hands, or other limbs and in some cases, they may have suffered the loss of them through decease or accidents. In many cases, the majority of these people have to learn to do everything either with their feet or with the aid of machines, and the assistance of other people.

And once they learned to use their other limbs they have, they become very agile and very proficient using those limbs, just as a person with their full, intact extremities would. They can hold a spoon with their toes and feed themselves. Some other people can actually swim by themselves without having either any legs, or any arms.

It is very impressive to say the least, how these people can overcome many challenges and how they are able to adapt and to “function” in society, where in general, it mainly accommodates the needs of people with all of their limbs.

Some people prominently use their left hand since they are babies. They may use both hands like most people do, however, they always start with the left hand. They bring food to their mouth, using their left hand. They wipe away their tears using their left hand. They suck their left thumb, etc., etc., etc…The interesting fact is that most left-handed individuals can use their non-dominant hand nearly as well as their dominant one.

I have a brother that was born on October 31 and he is also left-handed. (I have always thought that combination was so interesting)
I vaguely remembered, but I do remember, my father trying to teach my brother to do everything mainly with his right hand, as back then and where we lived, being left-handed would create a disability, we, as a family, could not afford, neither could we handle, both financially and mentally.

(Back in those years we lived and tended a vegetable farm, deep into the rain forest of Panama, for about 6 years, and where not only do we had to use both hands equally, but specially the right hand, and all of our other extremities to handle and maneuver many farm equipment)

Needless to say, as much as my father tried, my brother always used his left hand to do everything, a right-handed person did. I just realized, I don’t know and I do not remember what hand my brother uses, to shake hands with another person…?

According to Scientific American, most of the world is right-handed. About 70 to 95 percent.
A whole bunch of us are right-handed. It seems like my right-hand side of my head and my hands are almost moving at the same pace and at the same time when I start to do something and I actually start with my right hand…(It has been too long since I actually study anatomy and I am sure there is a correlation between the brain and my motor skills)

Seriously, all of us know how this works, right? (This statement is just funny considering what I just said before) Also, what if a left-handed person was reading it? Shouldn’t I have said, “Seriously, all of us know how this works, left?” Or what about if an ambidextrous person was reading it? Ha! Ha! Ha! (If you did not get it, that is okay. Let’s move on.

A person that has the ability to use both hands with the same dexterity, either hand, left or right, to write, type, brush teeth, with ease and equally well is called an “ambidextrous” person.
I have not met any people like this and actually, I know that someone that either used to work or currently works for Snap Finance has this incredible ability, however, I do not remember her or his name. (It would be so cool to hear from them!!)

According to some independent studies, ambidextrous people only make up about 1 percent of the population. “People who have not dominant hand, and can use both hands with equal skill, are about 1 in 100.”

This subject is so interesting because I “temporarily” attempted to be an ambidextrous person, a while back and my attempts only lasted for about 3 weeks.
Using a left-handed mouse with the left hand is not an easy task, especially when trying to also use a left-handed keyboard…(My whole my brain was stuck in right mode)

I was probably typing only 5 words per minute, copying and pasting was really hard to do and I avoided that at all costs, and when it came to right-clicking the mouse, that was a big adventure on its own!! It took me about 30 good minutes just to write a 5-sentence e-mail, to correct spelling and grammar and to send it. (If you can get a left-handed keyboard and left mouse and try to use just your left hand to type and do everything you normally do with your right hand and specially your two hands, would be very challenging)

“Suddenly, I was placed in a position where I had very little control on what I could do, and how to do it, even thought, I knew exactly what to do, how to do it, and when up to that point, I had mastered precision, speed and accuracy. A disability was created and I had very obvious functional limitations, I could see and so the people around me. I had the tools to guide me and to help me, however, my abilities had been taken away and I could not help it but feeling hopeless”

By day 14, with a lot of effort, I had made some additional, small improvements, however, I am definitely a right-handed person and I lean towards the right-hand side of my body, which I always notice, so I am constantly straightening my body and making sure I do not lean towards any side but the center of my core. (I just hope that is the same with my brain)


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