December 15th, 2004

slight carnage

Somehow I managed to smash my finger in my car door this morning.

I was getting out of the car at the office and I think I was turning and starting to walk away from the car as I was closing it when suddenly my forward progress was halted. I realized that the middle finger on my right hand was stuck in the door.

I must've slammed it pretty good because the first catch of the door had latched and I had to lift the handle to open the door. I took a look at it to assess the damage. There was a distinct bloody line where the door had hit. The finger was smashed down a good 1/16th to 1/8th of an inch within that line and there was some nice black and blue color combinations along with some slight bleeding. It didn't really hurt all that much was more surprising than anything.

I went on in and tried to decide whether I needed to do anything about it. I could at least tell that it wasn't broken because the bone seemed in tact and it didn't hurt nearly enough. I asked our company president for some advice as a mom. She suggested ice and aspirin, so I went down to the break room to clean it out, put a bandage on it, and get some ice.

At this point, I've had to change the bandage once and I can still see a little blood soaking through the pad again, but the skin has sprung back so the indentation isn't there any more. It's a bit swollen and it takes a little extra effort to bend it, but I think it'll be fine. Afterall, how would I express frustration with DDR machines if I lost a middle finger?! ^_~

If it bleeds, it leads... (carnage pt. 2)

Here's a picture of the finger...since I know you're all dying to see it.

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You can kind of get an idea how deeply I smashed it from the picture, but it really doesn't look that bad at all now that it's got a good 12 hours of healing on it. That includes plenty of ice and some triple antibiotic ointment. It's not even really bleeding or oozing anymore, so I think it's healing quite nicely. It's still a bit stiff and sore to try and bend it, but typing and mousing aren't a problem.