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Damn this finger

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

I had a follow-up visit with the orthopedic surgeon. The good news is, I only have to wear my splint at night now. The bad news is, the doctor says my finger will take 6-9 months to heal. I pretty much broke it in the worst possible place. They gave me some exercises to do to work on mobility, which is pretty poor right now. I can’t straighten my finger, nor bend it very far.

At one point, the doctor also grabbed my hand and pushed my finger back to straighten it out as much as possible. It hurt like hell, but he was able to get it fairly straight that way. When he let go, it went back to being bent. It’s encouraging that while I can’t move it that way myself, at least the joint will allow it. It’s weird how exciting it is to see your finger almost completely straight after having it bent for a few weeks. As I winced in pain, I looked at my finger and thought “COOL!” I doubt I’ll ever be able to get it that straight on my own, though.

The doctor also reiterated that my knuckle is going to be swollen for the rest of my life. This isn’t that big a deal, I guess, but right now it looks like I’ve stashed a walnut in there or something. He said the swelling should go down a little; I’m hoping it goes down a lot.

2 Responses to “Damn this finger”

  1. furiousball Says:

    playing guitar is what kept my broken finger healthy after i broke it, i recommend the same for you amigo

  2. Marty Says:

    Hand injuries are a b!tch. When I broke my hand in four places, I had to have it rebroken 2 weeks later because it set crooked. In the end, I still ended up with the metacarpals on my ring finger and pinky on my right hand fusing together into a single bone. I still can’t make a completely solid fist in that hand because of it.

    I hope that your activity and mobility help you surpass the doctor’s expectations.

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