Monday, December 21, 2015

Solstice

It has been more than three weeks since I had that mishap with a very sharp knife and completely sliced off the finger pad of my left middle finger. In that time I have learned how to do quite a bit of left-handed stuff without using that poor injured finger. The index finger and ring finger have pitched in and are handling new tasks fairly well, although it took me three tries just now to type the word "new" because I kept getting "nrw." Ah patience, another nrw task for me, hah!
A Blue Heron high in the stormy sky
I have photographed the healing process every four days just to keep visual documentation of how these things unfold. It's been wild. It reminds me of the way a small pond freezes. First at the shallow edges small ice crystals appear and then freeze. The frozen edges move slowly in toward the deeper center. My newly formed flesh is quite like that. The wound is still open in the center, but the edges are solid and firm. I'm not going to post the pics because I don't want to freak people out, but if you're at all interested please let me know. I'd be happy to send you the images. They're cool in a medical documentation way. My twin brother won't look at them at all, but his wife sent me photos of when her finger met up with a hand blender while she was mashing potatoes. It's a whole new world of wild images for me!

Bufflehead in sunlight
In the meantime we've had only two days of sunshine since November 30th. We are breaking rainfall records and more is on the way. The hardest part of such dismal weather is not being able to get out there and take a good long look around. We have been taking our local neighborhood walks whenever there is a bit of a reliable dry spell. We did make it to the marsh last Tuesday and got to see this beautiful little Bufflehead in all his purple and green markings. Click on the pic to see those colors. He's a beauty.
Coast range and a bit of snow
We also had to run some errands in the "big" city just south of us. We drive across the bridge over Humboldt Bay to get there. We were surprised to see bits of snow in the coastal mountain range. Next storm headed for us on Monday has snow levels down to 2000 feet. It should be pretty beautiful out there, so we may have to head out to take a look. We're hoping for a clear Christmas to watch the full moon rise. Maybe I'll get a nice photo opportunity from Santa!

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  1. Yes, Robin, there is a Santa, but he does not deliver good photo ops. Not in his job description. "Other duties as assigned?" Forget about it.

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  2. Tara-- You made me laugh. Thank you for that.

    MandT-- Yes!!! Slowly, but surely.

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  3. We saw a blue heron a couple of days ago. They are quite a bird. I don't remember seeing them when I was a kid, but this one was about a mile from where I grew up.

    Did you check out The Ridger's post? She's got a great halo shot. http://thegreenbelt.blogspot.com/2015/12/happy-solstice-and-good-yule.html

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  4. Mark-- We see blue herons at the marsh all the time. They are such beauties. I loved seeing this one flying so high in the stormy skies. Thank you for the link to The Ridger's post. Love those halos!

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  5. After a while, I hope it will start to feel good and even be a little bit exciting to watch that finger heal. I hope it doesn't hurt that much any more.
    I burnt my forearm sometime last summer, just a small spot about the size of walnut and it is only now starting to fade into something skin-like. After all this time and attention, I am almost sorry to see it go (joking).

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  6. Sabine-- It is absolutely exciting watching my finger heal. It's like a personal science project. That's why I'm documenting it. I actually don't feel pain. Here is what I wrote a Facebook (former blogger) friend today:
    Here's the interesting thing about pain, I don't feel a thing unless I touch it. I had a seriously bad headache in 2011 and wound up in ER. After several tests the neurologist said, "Medicine doesn't always know everything. We can't find the problem, but you had 'an event'"-- I didn't think anything about it until I discovered that I no longer felt pain in my hands, even after a serious second degree burn with extremely hot oil. Then I realized that I no longer remembered dreams. I, who could remember in the most ridiculously lengthy details, had absolutely blank space in the morning. Now this. A serious wound on a very sensitive, nerve-ending rich part of my body, and except for the initial horrible sensation of slicing it off... NOTHING. Isn't the brain/nerve connection and disconnection interesting?

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    1. Gawd, yes it is. I remember when you had that event. Scary.

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    2. Similar experience here. After a car crash in the early 1990s I had spinal surgery which thankfully repaired most of what was damaged except for the nerve activity along the outside of my right leg and along the inside of my right foot all the way to my right big toe. I occasionally stub my big toe the way we do and only notice an injury when people shout at my trail of blood.
      There is a fascinating book about it all: The brain that changes itself, by Norman Doidge; an it it a most amazing chapter on neuroplasticity and the research of V.S. Ramachandran.
      https://www.ted.com/talks/vs_ramachandran_the_neurons_that_shaped_civilization?language=en

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    3. Tara, yes you were there when I had that headache. 4:00 in the morning, out the door to ER. It was really, really bad.

      Sabine-- That sounds like a terrible car crash. Yikes. My older brother has been raving about Doidge's book and just sent a copy to my mom. I'm definitely going to read that. Thank you. Hope you are doing well.

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  7. Good to know that your finger is making good progress in healing.

    Love the Blue Heron, the Bufflehead, and the view of water and snow in the hills!

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  8. am-- The healing process is such an interesting thing. Nice to watch our bodies knit themselves back together. And thank you, really glad you like the photos. Opportunities for photography have been very slim lately.

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  9. Thanks for suggesting that we readers view the Bufflehead in large format, Robin Andrea. Though we have Bufflehead around here in the winter, I never get close enough to realize they are so beautiful.

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  10. Scott-- I'm so glad you clicked on the photo. It's wonderful to see the colors on that Bufflehead. They always look simply black and white to me, so the purple and green are a wonderful surprise.

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  11. Gorgeous photographs. It's very warm here, more than 45 degrees above normal with record breaking highs for the next several days. I do worry about the trees and plants when the weather takes a turn like this one for so many days.

    Glad your finger is healing well. Hope you have the proper dressing to enhance the process.

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  12. NCmountainwoman-- So glad you like the photos. The opportunities for photography have been very slim lately. I've been reading about the weather in the east and southeast. It does sound crazy warm. Sure hope things go into a normal seasonal pattern soon, for all of us. I have been using neosporin on the wound and vaseline on the pad of the bandages. It looks to be healing well. There is almost a full thin skin covering on the entire wound. This is going to take some time to really heal.

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  13. You'd think you'd feel safe after all these years, but the FBI doesn't quit on a case. Better to expunge your fingerprints just to be safe, even if you're already under cover as a vegan hippie chick.

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  14. Phil-- LOL! I wouldn't wish this injury on anyone. It would be better to be in jail. Ha ha.

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