13 august 2008-
Happy Lefties Day to lefties around the world.
not many people were aware that i practice with my left hand. i take that as a positive output: it means they are comfortable with me even though i am somewhat 'different'. but some who notices often ask me the oldest question: how do you adept? i do not know how, i just do. some of my left-handed colleagues do their work with their right hand (i applaud them- their practice makes them ambidextrous) but for me, i like being different; and if practicing dentistry with my left hand makes me unique, so be it.
does being left-handed affect the outcome of my work? i would like to believe absolutely not. i trust it is who we are, not which hand we use, that determines the outcome of what we do.
there are dental chairs that can be set for left-handed dentists, but i am comfortable with the right-sided settings. besides, all my locum dentists are right-handed. i wouldn't want to trouble them unnecessarily. it used to be awkward for my nurses to adapt with me, since i do my work from the left side; but by now i am pretty sure they are getting used to it.
to all lefties out there: celebrate our uniqueness!