Flippin’ the Bird

I don’t claim to be ladylike, exactly, but I don’t indulge in unseemly gestures much.

Which makes it doubly annoying that I’m now in a permanent state of social disrespect with my middle finger. For those of a squeamish disposition, suffice it to say that I have injured the longest finger on my right hand, and it’s now splinted so I can’t easily bend it. Hence the Bird effect.

For those who enjoy the odd “eeeuwww!” moment, read on.

I had to go to the courthouse today to get myself excused from jury service for the third time in as many years. (I’m not a shirker, I did jury service 4 years ago, but my name seems to come up with monotonous regularity every year, and in a population of over 80,000 in the greater Mackay area, I feel it’s statistically dubious, so I get excused.) Anyway, I had my left hand full of papers, and the car door swung shut fast, because the car was parked at a downhill angle. My right hand didn’t make it out in time…

Lots of swearing and scrabbling futilely at the door later, I managed to get it to release my mangled finger. Fast forward through my court-house errand, where the clerk took one look and told me to take my wounded paw to hospital, and signed all the forms for me. Half an hour’s wait at the Emergency department with the purple digit in a cup of ice and three tablets of pain relief, and I emerged with an annoying aluminium splint and some rather vivid and lumpy bruising, but no breaks. It seems I have an unerring talent for damaging myself in painful but not excessively serious ways.

Typing takes ages, writing is difficult, and sewing by machine or hand is out for the next few days. Just as I thought I might catch up on my slipping deadlines. Bummer… 


77 thoughts on “Flippin’ the Bird

  1. I don’t want to “like” this post, as such 😦 Just glad the damage wasn’t worse. I have been told that a few margaritas can help with a sore finger….

  2. tialys says:

    ‘Bummer’ indeed! The God of Enthusiastic Jury Members must have had it in for you. How long do you reckon it will take to get back to normal?

    • katechiconi says:

      They didn’t give me a forecast, but once the swelling goes down it should improve greatly. It’s the internal pressure that’s doing it. This too will pass…

  3. craftycreeky says:

    Ouch! That looks painful! Hope it settles down quickly :-/

  4. norma says:

    Sounds horrible. Poor you! I hope it’s better really soon.

  5. oh no – much wincing here – hope you recover soon.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s fat, it’s purple, the tip is numb and it’s throbbing like a good ‘un, but ‘taint broken, so it’ll mend. My language at the time seemed set to blister the paintwork, but I’ve reverted to my usual calmer demeanour, you’ll be glad to hear!

  6. Ah…. yes, I’ve done this. A few years ago when I cut that finger badly, it was all bound up. I went to my classroom to teach and before starting saw one of my students. He was a wrestler and had recently been sidelined by a finger break, same finger. I showed him what I did and realized I was “flipping him off.” Fortunately he just laughed, but I did wonder if other students noticed the gesture! It is a very sensitive spot, much more painful to be injured there than I would have imagined! So sorry you have another owie. 😦

  7. manicmumdays says:

    Seems quite an extreme thing to subject oneself to, to avoid jury duty 😉

    • katechiconi says:

      I don’t think it would have got me off, sadly, but we’d got leave booked and paid for during half the time and my home business to get me off the other half! 😉

  8. mlmcspadden says:

    So sorry the car door attacked, but glad that it wasn’t worse.

  9. claire93 says:

    ouch! hope it doesn’t keep you out of action for too long.

  10. Jule says:

    Ouch! 😦 Get well soon.

  11. Yikes!

    Despite your ingrained respect for the feelings for others, I urge you to take a serious-faced picture with yourself waving that one hand, middle finger extended in its splint. Such a photo may not only be amusing some day (once the pain is gone) but may also be useful. You never know.

  12. You are a woman of many talents 😄

  13. knitnkwilt says:

    Oh, I hate those moments when you see it coming and can’t do anything to stop it. Take care.

  14. dezertsuz says:

    Oooh nasty wound! That’s worth at least a pound of chocolate! I hope it heals fast, because I’m thinking it will make sewing a bit dicey, too.

    • katechiconi says:

      I keep a *tiny* quantity of bittersweet dark (70% cocoa) chocolate in the house for just such times. I’m proud to say I didn’t eat the lot, even though my brain was screaming at me to “eat to feel better”… 🙂 I definitely can’t hand-sew, but am hoping to get back to the machine in the next couple of days.

  15. ordinarygood says:

    Commiserations! I know your pain/throbbing/aching/numbness. I crushed the index finger of my left hand in a sliding door last August. Coban Compression Tape is the thing to reduce the throbbing etc. It really cuts through it all. Amazing stuff that pinches together at the join and stays together. Arnica by the ton too. I saw a specialist hand physio(free here in NZ – that is a miracle in itself) and she made me various bespoke “thimbles” to assist in the protection of the damaged nail and crushed soft tissue. Keep the joints in your finger as free as you can to avoid arthritis. I wish I could say that my finger was 100% better but it still requires compression tape at times and lots of stimulation to remind the nerve endings to fire back up in my brain and in the digit. Knitting has been almost impossible 😦 but good to do to keep the finger nimble. Machine sewing is OK but with great care of the offending pointer; hand sewing a bit tricky. I do hope your “Bird” bounces back far more quickly!!!!
    Like you I seem determined to do myself mischief rather too regularly.

    • katechiconi says:

      Yours sounds much worse than mine! I have cohesive tape for mine, which is holding on a custom aluminium foam-lined splint (custom because bent to size) which immobilises just the top joint. Because this is the longest finger, it sticks out more than the others and is prone to getting knocked, hence the metal protection. I’m putting Hirudoid on the bruising, as the fastest way I know to get rid of bruising and swelling. I’d say “cross fingers” for a speedy recovery, but knowing me I’d damage myself if I did!

      • ordinarygood says:

        I cannot believe how long mine is taking to heal. Crush plus sprain apparently – maybe a compression fracture, which do not show up on Xrays but on we go. Avoiding banging the finger is a smart way to go. I hope you heal up quickly and get back to your usual fabulous work. The colours and styles always cheer me on!!!

      • katechiconi says:

        I actually suspect the cohesive bandage will help with machine sewing, as it’ll grip onto the fabric nicely. But that’s to be discovered in a few days. I need to let the swelling go down a bit first. Good luck wit your own recovery 🙂

  16. lucyannluna says:

    Poor you, I hope your injured digit heals quickly.

  17. nettyg says:

    Oooh and ouch! Ejoy your enforced rest.

  18. kathyreeves says:

    You must stop harming yourself, my dear! Lecture you severely, and hopefully those pain pills will finally kick in enough to allow you to sleep!

  19. katechiconi says:

    I got a serious lecture from the Husband too, about not trying to do several things at once. In future, I have to not get out of the car with my hands full, or go upstairs with my arms full or try and do more than one thing at a time 😦 I know he’s right, but I’m mourning the passing of my agile and dextrous youth…

  20. mewithptsd says:

    You poor thing! I had something similar not to long ago while dropping of a child to his parents while I was on duty (full uniform and the Kevlar door of my patrol car) hurt like the dickens but I didn’t say a word at the time. I agree with the photo idea. While growing up my dad had a poster on his closet for of the sweetest older woman, in a rocking chair with a granny square afghan on her lap flipping the bird. This could be a money making prospect for you if you sell posters, not to mention you should keep it elevated so you’re doing it properly. Healing thoughts sent your way.

    • katechiconi says:

      The trick will be to get the Husband to take the photo without both of us cracking up with laughter… I’m not sure I could maintain a serious face. I can’t get over how weird the finger *looks*, it’s striped red, bluish-white and purple across the underside. By contrast, the top is just a black fingernail. Thanks for the good wishes 🙂

  21. kymlucas says:

    All I can say is Ouch! 😞

  22. There she goes again! Honestly Kate, it’s time you had some good luck! I hope you’re feeling much better very soon.

    • katechiconi says:

      I do wish I could turn off the ‘clumsy’ switch. I drop things constantly, lose my grip on things and bash into things all the time. It’s getting a bit old. The Husband tells me to slow down, but a lot of these things happen in slow motion…

  23. Ahmygerd you’re a classic. I’m pretty unco so I get how frustrating it becomes, as yes, worse in motion but even when I slow down. I think rather than focusing on yhe moment my mind is on the next thing… or the one after that.

    • katechiconi says:

      Most of my injuries and disasters stem from trying to save time. Do one trip down the stairs carrying everything, instead of two with safe loads, that sort of thing. Time was I could do that stuff. Now, I’m a ticking time bomb…

  24. Emma says:

    😟 I hope this heals quickly, injured fingers are the worst ☹️

    • katechiconi says:

      You’re right! It’s not just that they’re painful, it’s the inconvenience of not being able to do certain things so easily. Cleaning my teeth, for example. The minute it’s not horribly painful if I knock the finger, the splint’s coming off!

  25. […] OK, well, the idea was to find a project that wouldn’t need nimble fingers, because Bird. […]

  26. Eek! Good luck with healing, my mums index finger got caught in the electric car window last year and she almost lost the tip of her finger and the use of the finger. It as a long healing process and will never be quite the same. Car doors are dangerous! It’s frustrating not being able to the things you want to do.

    • katechiconi says:

      The splint is driving me nuts. It’s about a cm longer than my finger and I keep knocking it on stuff and jarring it. But if I take it off, the finger’s still too sore to do much with. As you can tell, patience is NOT my strong suit…

  27. modflowers says:

    Oh that sounds horrible! My sister once shut her then-toddler daughter’s finger in the car door. Luckily we were parked right beside a medical clinic at the time and they treated her for free – she’d only caught the end, taken the skin off and bruised it. It was fine, no lasting damage. But she did wail a LOT so it’s obviously a painful thing to do!

    • katechiconi says:

      I did a bit of near-wailing myself, and certainly the tears were virtually spurting from my eyes. Sadly my finger is a good bit fatter than a toddler’s, and it took far too long to get the door open!

  28. Girl, what are you doing to yourself??? 😜 You shouldn’t be near an ER for at least a year or three! 😂
    Hope your finger feels better already.

    • katechiconi says:

      Everyone asks how I did it, and I have to blame gravity! The car door swung closed faster than I expected because the car was parked on a slope. I just didn’t move quite fast enough… Just think, if I’d been any slower it would have been ALL my fingers! But it’s on the mend, the black fingernail doesn’t hurt nearly so much any more 🙂

  29. Conor Bofin says:

    Ouch! My thoughts are with your poor digit.

  30. Lynda says:

    YIKES! Kate, I simply can’t click the like button today. I might say I feel your pain, but to be more accurate I would have to say I remember your pain. I slammed my thumb into the car door once and had already locked it… Thankfully this action was committed when my husband was right there to get me out of my mess. Did they have to put a pin hole in your nail to release the pressure? They did mine and it was amazing how quickly the pain/throbbing went away!

    Do feel better quickly! ❤

  31. rutigt says:

    Aj, aj, aj! Hope you´re feeling better now!

  32. Kate, that looks so painful. Our fingers are loaded with nerves, so even a paper cut is painful. I’m glad the silver lining is no break. I hope you’re on the mend.

    • katechiconi says:

      It was excruciating at the time, but eased a lot and quite quickly once I got some pain relief in the ER. It’s about 80% better by now, just a few things that still make it sore 🙂

      • I’m glad to hear they fixed you up quickly and knocked down the pain. Some pain medications don’t work on me at all (Vicodin) where as others last for days. I enjoyed a “honeymoon period” after my foot surgery thinking it wasn’t so bad after all, until a few days later when it wore off.

      • katechiconi says:

        I’m pretty careful about what I take these days, after over a year on Oxycodone and various other tasty delights for my back. I don’t want to get on that express train to dependence again…

      • That’s the most worrying thing about pain relievers. I’m glad you’ve been able to free yourself from dependence. How scary.

  33. Ouch! At least there were no breaks.

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