Monday, December 07, 2015

Under Gray Skies


Wrapped and ready for getting wet
It is going to take some time to get used to this finger injury. I really hurt myself last week, and now I have to think about that finger every time I go to move my hand. It's rather surprising to learn how much strength the middle finger exerts in everyday activities, and how often the right and left hand work in concert to carry out tasks. Oh, you want to wash your face, your hands, that plate? Really? Good luck with that. Oh, you want to brush your hair and pull it back with a clip? Really? You want to zip your jacket or tie your sneakers? How funny. This is going to go on for quite some time (probably MONTHS!), and it's challenging, depressing, and annoying. But that's life right now, and I'm learning how to accommodate it.

I still try to find some beauty even in these darkening winter skies. It's easy to look up and dismiss these clouds as just another gloomy, rainy day.

But knowing that these are a lovely asperitas formation helps to brighten the rather dim moment. It's actually nice to know that I'll run outside to take a look, even with my poor bad finger.

14 comments:

  1. Sorry about your finger and hope it heals faster than expected. We are checking weather in Oregon where we live and it's getting a real blow as well as several inches of rain today. It's been mild and lovely in Tucson but we do wonder how that drive north will go when we start out probably next Sunday

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  2. Looking at your left hand, an image came to me of the rest of your body doing its best to help the part that is wounded and doing its best to heal, and that your body is developing a new relationship with finger that is healing from the wound. That is part of the dynamic of healing. It doesn't happen in a vacuum. It happens in relationship. It is not easy. We are changed in the face of what doesn't heal as we wish it would, but we are not alone either. I love what you said about experiencing the shift of seeing the clouds as obstacles and then as lovely, lovable. We've had morning after morning of cloudy skies, although there is often clearing at some point during the day. May your finger heal as quickly as possible!

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  3. In your skilled hands, the clouds look like a watercolor painting. They're not dreary or depressing. Good for you.

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  4. rain-- I've been seeing the weather reports for the pacific northwest, and it does look pretty blustery and stormy for this week. Hope that it all clears up for your trip home.

    am-- Yes, I am developing a new relationship with that finger. That's what is happening. I am conscious of it all the time, well except when I moved too quickly this morning and hit against something. This is an interesting lesson for me about slowing down and staying aware of the little things.

    Scott-- So glad you liked those photos. The sky has been pretty dramatic in a very gray way.

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  5. It may come as a surprise, but condoms can be very useful, they are waterproof, flexible, durable and they come in all sizes. Seriously, ask your chemist.

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  6. Sabine-- Funny you should mention condoms, we'd just been talking about going to the pharmacy to see if that might work. I'll keep you posted! And thank you so much for thinking of it and commenting.

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  7. Re: condoms I don't imagine Roger wants to ask for size extra-small! I think you have the perfect excuse to avoid doing any dishes for a while. Heal fast!

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  8. Have you considered seeing a surgeon who specializes in plastic surgery or wound management? Or a wound clinic at your local hospital? I do not trust the opinions of ER nurses or physicians for long-term followup, especially of wounds, and especially when the answer is "nothing can be done." That may be true, but there are special wound treatments and dressings that would provide a better healing environment, especially if you are doing a dry dressing. Open wounds need a moist environment to promote healing and there are a ton of new products on the market. I would definitely seek the advice of a wound care specialist before accepting that nothing can be done.

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  9. lindaj-- I was thinking that I would buy them, so it would be more explicable about the small size. I would just have to show them my poor finger, and all would be understood.

    NCmountainwoman-- We are trying to find a new doctor so I can have better, more easily accessible care. Sometimes in a town as small as this, as far from a biggger community as we are, medical care leaves much to be desired. I'm definitely on the search for good care and good healing products.

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  10. Cool clouds; I remember seeing mammatus clouds way back in 1987, near the end of a long drought up here. Similar.

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  11. Two words: FINGER COTS. Perfect little rubber things made to go over and protect fingers. Probably can find them at a drugstore or medical supply store.

    Those clouds remind me of vast fields of ice. Beautiful.

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  12. isabelita-- I think I've seen mammatus clouds once when we were living in Grass Valley. A very cool formation.

    Tara-- Yes! I'll have to find some that can go over the bandage. I'm sure they must make them for that kind of support. Glad you liked the pics!

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  13. Sending you healing vibs Robin. I know what that's like---a pruned the end of my finger pad a few months ago. I first stopped the bleeding, then put Neosporin on it and pressure wrapped it for about 10 days. The Neosporin had antibacterial agents and prevented the gauze bandage from sticking and opening the wound. It took about two weeks to heal. I also used hospital gloves when using my hand, but it was painful.

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  14. MandT-- Interestingly, I had been using Neosporin and the non-stick pads still stuck. So, after some online discussions, I added Vaseline to the pad. It worked! Now I can change the bandage myself and there's no pain. This wound will probably take a while to fully heal. But I'm incredibly pleased with the progress. Thank you for your healing vibes.

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