I have no sense of right and left at all. If you’re like most normal people, you probably just feel right and left. I have absolutely no such feelings. Even that “L” trick doesn’t work for me. I stare at my hands and develop sudden dyslexia, wildly thinking, “THEY BOTH LOOK LIKE Ls.”
When I first told Bart about this, I think he didn’t realize just how serious I was about this. Now, five years later, when I’m giving directions, he’ll always say, “Which right?” so that I point in the right direction. It really is that bad.
Last week, I ordered new contacts. They were a different brand than my last set because this brand was about half the price, so I was little anxious to see if they’d work out okay. When they came, I quickly popped them in. One of them was really giving me issues – inside out, making my eyes burn, etc – so it wasn’t until about five minutes later that I realized I really couldn’t see very well.
I was getting dinner ready and I could not focus very well on the recipe. I just couldn’t see it. I went into the living room and stared into the mirror for a while, trying to focus. Still no luck. I double checked the prescription on the new boxes against the old boxes to make sure I’d actually ordered the right prescription.
I wondered if it would just take me a while to adjust to a new kind of lens. I panicked about how I would POSSIBLY be able to drive to school the next day when I just couldn’t see that clearly.
And then, as you’ve probably already guessed, but had NEVER occurred to me in that 30 minutes, I realized I had put them in the wrong eyes. Because I really do not know my right side from my left side.