Christy Brown (1932-1981) was an Irish author, painter, and poet. Brown was born with cerebral palsy; he was believed to be mentally disabled and incapable of deliberate movement or speech. However, at the age of five Christy Brown snatched a piece of chalk from his sister and made a mark on the floor – with his left foot. Having broken through physical and communication barriers, his mother taught him the alphabet, eventually words, and then to read. Brown eventually went on to write an autobiography, My Left Foot. He later wrote a novel based upon his autobiography, Down All the Days, which received wide critical acclaim. Using his left foot, he painted, mostly with watercolor, published three volumes of poetry, and two more novels. Daniel Day-Lewis starred in the film version of My Left Foot, for which Lewis won an Oscar.

Because I don’t have any hope of being able to write with my left hand as well as Christy Brown could write with his left foot, Blog This Mom! will be on hiatus. Hopefully, it will be brief. I am having surgery on my right shoulder tomorrow. It has been giving me a lot of trouble in recent years, and pain has restricted my ability to do many of the things I like doing. So I’m getting it fixed, once and for all.

I’m guessing that my ability to post and comment will be limited while I’m hooked up to this doohickey:

And it might be best if I’m not out on the information superhighway while I’m stoned out of my mind on dolls taking the recommended dosage of this prescribed medication:

Here’s the wild part: My very hot qualified orthopedic surgeon will be handing me a digital movie of the surgery when I go home, so that I can watch it if I want. At this point, I’m not sure if I want to watch, but Laura and Tom have already bought popcorn and 3D glasses. So, Dear Readers, should I post the video of my surgery on YouTube and link it to my blog? Maybe not so much.

Anyway, wish me luck. And send out a shout, thought, prayer, petition, or whatever works for you. All forms of positive energy are accepted here.

23 comments on “My Left Hand”

  1. Good luck! But you’d be surprised how quickly you pick up one-handed typing – I know I am surprised every time I have a new baby how adept I can be at the keyboard during one of those interminable nursing sessions.

  2. So sorry to hear about your shoulder pain. Best of luck with the surgery and recovery. Sending hugs, thoughts and prayers your way.

    As for the video – you be the judge – those of us who are squeamish can always choose not to watch…

  3. Sumo Baby and I are sending you good vibes!

    I shamelessly go to hot doctors, as well. Hell, my OBGYN was a total stud – I was so pumped when he was on duty to induce my labor. Sadly, he had to watch me take a dump in the delivery room, so I’m going to guess he finds me significantly less attractive than I find him. A, well, c’est la vie!

  4. I am sending prayers and well wished your way. I hope your surgery proves to be a success, and you that your setbacks during recovery are minimal. Best of luck! I look forward to your return to the blogosphere! =)

  5. Prayers to you – for recovery from the surgery and from that rather brassy dye job ‘do. And hey, have you been working out?

    (By the way, thanks for the declaration of love; you don’t have to work at Wild Oats to make it work…).

  6. If your family needs any home-cooked meals, a touch of spring cleaning, and other sweet touches whilst your recovering … I would be happy to …. call someone.

    Best wishes.

  7. Good luck with the surgery–sending positive vibes your way as we speak.

    Jamie can call me for the homecooked meal thing!

    See you (fingers crossed) on Monday. Don’t forget your signed up to bring the Vicodin!

  8. Prayers for you! But no worries because I have students with CP who are only able to use one side of their body and they can access the computer with a joystick or eyegaze! I’m sure we can hood you up. Oh, and we could do an onscreen keyboard so you just look a the letters and they will type…. I could go on and on…

    And my husband can type, program, and do web design while on vicodin. So no worries there either! How do you think he designed my new blog site look post-surgery! 😉

  9. Sending positinve waves your way. So, was that photo taken before all your major cosmetic surgery?

    P.S. It has been awhile since I’ve been by here and it took me a second to accept that this was the right blog. No more lists? They were fun while they lasted. =) Now I can’t wait to read your regular writing (even if I do have to wait).

  10. Can I come over for the 3-D movie version? Can I have some of your Vicodin? Do you have any wine I can wash down with? I’m on my way. Oh and do YOU need anything? I hope you heal quickly!!

  11. Prayers and much love from the Midwest. Many healing thoughts and much positive energy. If I was there, I would be glad to be your nurse. But I am not, so you are on your own 😉


  12. Oh wow!!! I do hope all goes well with the surgery and you are able to rest during your much deserved hiatus.

    3D glasses and popcorn. Well, heck, why not be a movie star!

    Take care, you . . .

  13. Thank you everyone. I’m doing well. I can even type.

    Trish~Did you really leave that comment or was that Heath Ledger? ;-)~ (I know, I’m gonna burn in hell.)

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