Monday, November 30, 2015

One Hand Typing

I made a terrible mistake Saturday evening. While I was slicing and dicing onions I looked away for one second and cut myself in a VERY bad way. Worst injury I have ever experienced in my 63 1/2 years on earth. I completely sliced off the pad (where the fingerprint is) on the middle finger of my left hand. I spent a very short time in Emergency where the check-in nurse took one look at my finger and said nothing could be done. He stopped the bleeding, put a tight bandage on it, and sent us on our way. So, now we are learning how to care for this crazy wound. It's not easy, and I am a very queasy patient. I don't even want to look at it. Roger is managing the bandage replacement. This injury will take a while to heal. I have been told that the skin will regenerate. I am definitely looking forward to that.

We did get to see some interesting bird behavior out at the marsh Saturday afternoon. I made a little video of it.

These are Northern Shovelers in an eating circle. Something yummy must have been swimming right underneath them. They barely had to do much dabbling. I said to Roger that no matter how many times we walk this marsh and bay, we always see something new that surprises us and teaches us something new about bird behaviors.

We plan to keep on walking, and I'll be grateful that my camera is perfect for my right hand, which is still working. Yay!

21 comments:

  1. Ouch, that sound really painful, I hope it heals without delay (then you can embark on a career as a bank robber without the fear of leaving fingerprints).
    I've seen ducks feeding like this once and the warden in charge of the bird reserve told me that by swimming around like this they set up a vortex which drags food up from the bottom. Now what I need to know is this - how did the birds figure it out in the first place?

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  2. Oh, me! So sorry! That's going to take awhile to heal, and even then, it will be sore/sensitive seemingly forever. Kitchens are dangerous places. I spent 25 years woodcarving for a living and never cut myself badly enough to need stitches. The kitchen? That was another matter...several times. Take care of that finger and be thankful you have Roger.

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  3. John-- I think it's going to take quite a while for my poor finger to heal. I'm hoping for the best. Very funny idea about robbing banks. Mmmm, I may have an interesting future! I had no idea about such wild food-getting behavior with some ducks. Yes, good question: How did they figure this out?

    Gin-- It is so interesting how an injury like this has an impact on almost everything I do, including trying to type these comments. It's challenging in so many ways. I'm looking forward to the healing and wondering how it's going to feel. I know it's going to take some time. I am absolutely thankful for Roger's support. And for your comment.

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  4. Ouch! Finger injuries are so painful! I chopped the tip off my fourth finger when I was a kid. It still hurts on rainy days. While it was healing, I found it helped to walk around with my hand on my opposite shoulder; the elevation kept the swelling down, and the body warmth was soothing.

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  5. Knives always scare me. I've done a few slices that hurt but the only time I clipped the end of my finger off was with outdoor trimmers and it was still partially attached. They said it would regenerate and it eventually even got feeling back. Scary thing to do and hope yours feels better soon. I am also the squeamish type with such injuries.

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  6. Susannah-- I think the thing that surprises me the most about this injury is that it's not just a boo-boo that's going to heal and be forgotten. This is the kind of injury that will have an impact for a long, long time. I have been keeping my hand elevated, and it really does help.

    Rain-- I've always been very careful around knives. One moment of inattention has such dire consequences. I'm hopeful that on the other side of this healing process, my finger will regain some of its feeling and usefulness. Ah time...

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  7. Robin Andrea: I have a knife that is "my" knife; no one had better touch "my" knife. It's not a great knife, but I use it for everything and it has served me faithfully for over 40 years. "My" knife and I have come to an understanding--or so I tell myself every time I absentmindedly do something that could be as bad a your mishap. "My" knife would never do that to me! So far, it has worked.

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  8. Sending love! Love may not heal but it does something else worth doing in times like these. Sometimes it is all we can do.

    Fascinating to see those Northern Shovelers and their eating circle.

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  9. Scott-- You are very lucky to be on such good terms with a knife, and for so long. I thought this knife and I had an understanding. It definitely let me down.

    am-- Thank you so much; love is a great salve. Glad you liked those Northern Shovelers. We really liked watching them move around like this.

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  10. Robin, may you heal well. I am with you regarding squeamishness at wounds, they make my knees feel weird! Your excellent life style will speed the recovery, I am certain.

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  11. Just reading this sends shiver down my spine. The nerves at the finger tips ... I don't need to tell you this. Hope the healing will be speedy and smooth.

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  12. isabelita-- Thank you so much. We changed the bandage today, and it was much easier to do than on Sunday when it was literally stuck to the bloody wound. Today, hardly any bleeding. Yay. I'm hoping for a speedy recovery.

    Sabine-- It really was a pretty gruesome accident without even sharing the creepiest parts of it. It's so interesting how much the middle finger on my left hand contributes to just about everything I do. I would not have guessed how important each finger really is. Thank you for your kind words and god wishes.

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  13. So sorry for your accident and wound. I think of all the nerve endings in the finger, and I shiver. Thankfully Nurse Mack is on the floor! I almost severed my pinkie finger when I was 18 and washing a water glass which broke. Many stitches on that puppy. My landlady drove me to the ER! Here's to a speedy recovery, sweet woman.

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  14. Tara-- Yikes! Almost severing your pinkie finger sounds pretty painful. It's a good thing these bodies of ours know how to heal. I'm depending on it! Thank you for your good wishes.

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  15. I started to feel dread about halfway through the second sentence. I don't like the sight of blood, especially my own.

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  16. Mark-- I completely understand. Injuries like this are pretty dreadful, and they happen so damned quickly.

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  17. One advantage - the fingerprints from that late-60s SDS arrest will no longer find a match

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  18. There was this one bite of the stuffing that was so different from the others...

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  19. Phil-- Yes, I am now officially untrackable! Hah! The most awful part of the injury was literally seeing the missing piece of my finger on the blade of the knife. Creepy doesn't even begin to describe it. Oy.

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  20. Oh so sorry you sliced off part of your finger. So painful and takes a long time to heal. Glad you have Roger to do the nursing care. Heal soon, good blogger buddy.

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  21. NCmountainwoman-- The injury is now one week old, and nothing has changed. I keep waiting for some new skin to start growing at the edges, but so far NADA. Thank you for your good wishes.

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