Now I have made fun of doctor handwriting on several occasions such as in this post many moons ago. However, now I will turn the spotlight squarely on myself and make fun of my own handwriting.
I don't think I ever had awful penmanship, but I do recall thinking when I was around 8 or 9 that my handwriting was too babyish and I had to step it up a bit to be cool. Because, as we all know, the key to being cool is having cool handwriting. Anyway, the way I remedied this was to give certain letters a little curl at the end. For example:
Cool, right? You'd totally want to come to my sleepover, right?
I later made further modifications to increase the coolness of my handwriting, such as changing my y's, g's, etc., from the very lame:
To the much more fashionable:
Then a year later, I decided all these flourishes were lame and had to train myself to stop doing them.
When I was in middle school, I started writing in script all the time, mostly because one of my teachers required it. God knows why a teacher would bring something like that upon himself. There are all these sayings about how you finally are an adult when you go to college, have your first kiss, get your first period, etc. But I think you are an adult when you stop writing script r's like this:
And start writing them like this:
I have to say, I do sometimes meet adults who write their r's in the former fashion, and I always secretly wonder if they have their pubes.
I kept on using script pretty much all through college, then in med school I switched back to print. Mostly because the only way I could stand to take infinite notes was to attempt to make them look pretty. (I also used a multi-color pen. Yes, this was a low point in my life.)
Eventually, after printing enough, my print evolved into that mixture of print and script that I like to call "scrint."
I actually think I have pretty readable handwriting. I've never gotten called by a nurse or pharmacy who couldn't make out an order I wrote. But I remember in residency, I handed out this handwritten cheat sheet to the junior residents and one of them complained about my handwriting. (Actually, what he said was, "Dr. Smith says she can't read my handwriting, but look how bad this is!")
Fortunately, I have saved a copy of that cheat sheet and I can provide a sample for your perusal:
(Bonus points if you can figure out what the cheat sheet was for. Dr. Grumpy is excluded.)
Anyway, I think I have totally readable handwriting and that junior resident was full of shit.