Last Thursday evening I was outside giving the compost a turn with the spade and feeding the worms.  I went and chucked the spade back in the dirt pile and wacked my ring finger on the tip of the shovel already planted nearby.  HOLY MOTHER OF PEARL that hurt.  The whole finger tip turned black and blue and by 4AM the next morning there was so much pressure under the nail that I couldn't sleep from the pain.  Dr. Drillbit came to my rescue after a quick trip to the medicine cabinet for some isopropyl alcohol and a quick trip to the basement for the bit.

 

I decided not to go see my proper Doc, but the fingertip is certainly broken.  I got myself a finger splint and was immediately dissatisfied that it didn't work as a slide.  :(

 

So since last week, I've hardly played a bit.  I tried last night and absent-mindedly went to finger a note with that ring finger.  Bad idea. It seemed better this morning so I played a bit more - part of my morning ritual - and I'm still a bit sore.

 

I think I'll take some advice Uncle John gave me and maybe I'll try an learn to play the harmonica for a couple weeks.

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Comment by Bad Finger (Eric) on September 10, 2011 at 5:36pm
Cheers John. I'm left handed and have a strong hand shake. What do you suggest?
Comment by Roadkill a.k.a. John Maw on September 9, 2011 at 5:08pm

Ouch. Avoid left handed people with strong handshakes. Hope it heals quickly and completely.

All the best.

John

Comment by Bad Finger (Eric) on September 9, 2011 at 5:03pm
Ugh.  Bad Finger looks worse with no fingernail.  U-G-L-Y.  Peeled that beeotch off this afternoon.
Comment by Bad Finger (Eric) on August 24, 2011 at 9:25am
Yep.  I've done myself some good pain over the years, especially growing up on a farm, but this booger really hurt.  I haven't tried the red hot poker method, but my tiniest drill bit in a pin vise works great to relieve the pressure.  It is a little freaky when that initial breakthrough occurs and the drill bit is left sticking out of the nail.
Comment by Richard G Caudill on August 23, 2011 at 9:03pm
OOOWWWW  THAT HURT !!!!    I use a gem clip ,, heat it red hot ,, touch the nail and instant pressure release is almost organist  !!!
Comment by Bad Finger (Eric) on August 23, 2011 at 8:13pm
Yes indeed. Once the drill bit is removed, that is.
Comment by Uncle John on August 23, 2011 at 8:05pm

Looks almost like a human hand.  

 

And it looks like it should heal okay.  Good job on the drill job.  Isn't that about the best when the pressure is reduced?

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