Saturday night I was loading one last piece of wood into the fireplace before bed, when my hand slipped, and I dropped the, fairly large, piece of wood, resulting in my left pointer fingertip getting caught between the edge of the lip of the fireplace and the piece of firewood.
I said a few words that I’m not supposed to say. Getting a finger smashed ALWAYS feels like I’ve broken it, but experience has taught me that if I go and put ice on it right away it’ll feel 90% better in an hour or so. So I put ice on it for 15 minutes, and then went to bed.
Sunday morning I got up…..and the finger still hurt. Alot. More than any bruised finger I’ve managed to give myself before. Plus it was a bit swollen. Not like a sausage or anything, but enough to notice. I dug back out the ice pack and iced it off and on all morning.
By 2pm it was pretty obvious that the pain wasn’t going to go away, I take a prescription dose of anti-inflammatories every day, and it still hurt upwards of a 4 or 5 on the pain scale. Not as much as the broken arm, but more than your normal bruise. So I gave in and drove myself down to urgent care.
Urgent care says “not broken”, but these are the same folks who missed the hairline fracture in my arm last year, so I’m not holding my breath yet. They did give me a splint and told me to wear it for 3 days, and if its not better to call my regular doctor. It does feel better in the splint.
This morning most of the bruising style pain seems to be gone, but its still a bit swollen, and I get stabby pains if I take the splint off and get to energetic about doing things with it.
I’m starting to think I ought to have a post category for “Ruth injured herself again”!
Update: almost a week later- a large portion of the pain has gone away, though there’s a fair bit left if I bump it wrong. Cross your fingers! I had to stop wearing the splint, the inactivity of the finger was making it swell badly. But so far not using it seems ok.