"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one.'" ~ C. S. Lewis

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Where is Thumbkin?

(prelude: This is kind of a long post. I can't really break it up, because it all goes together. But you have been warned. So don't look all:
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when you get to the middle)

It all started with band practice.

See, I'm on one of the praise teams at my church. It's me and a couple I will call Matt and Darlene. Since it's just the three of us and they have a daughter (Kara) I usually go over to their house for practice. We had a great practice on Wednesday night and I left feeling quite happy.

Until I got about halfway down the road away from their house. My car started making a horrendous noise. I stopped, got out and my fears were confirmed: I had a flat tire. Flat as flat.
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Bwa hahaha!
Fortunately I was really close to their house still and they live in a really quiet subdivision. So I turned on the flashers and headed up the sidewalk back to their house.

Enter important facts:
  1. There are virtually no street lights in their subdivision.
  2. Everything is extremely hilly and their house is at the top of the hilliest part of the subdivision.
  3. The sidewalks are not properly put in on the hills.
I got about halfway up the hill when I hit a patch of sidewalk where the concrete slab had settled creating a steplike affect. Which I couldn't see.

FACEPLANT (except without the actual planting of my face. I think my face was the only thing that didn't hit.)

I went down, crashing onto my knees and then falling forward slamming both hands into the concrete.

Ouch.

As I stumbled up the last bit to their house, cradling my bleeding thumb and trying not to cry, I realized how ridiculous I was going to look. Kind of like a scene from some thriller movie or something. These are the things my brain does to keep me sane.
I will haunt your dreams tonight...
Kara opened the door and her eyes got really wide as she took me in. Matt quickly offered to put on my spare and Kara went with him to hold the flashlight. Darlene helped me clean and bandage my right thumb (which the sidewalk had taken a chunk out of) and my left palm that kind of looked like it had hit a cheese grater. Lovely images I know. Then she announced that she was going to give me ice cream because ice cream makes everything better!
See? Even looking at this makes you feel better, doesn't it!?
The tire was replaced without incident, I made it home safely, and my wonderful father spent most of Thursday morning getting my car new tires, a rear end alignment, and an oil change.

My thumb continued to throb.

Do you know how important your thumbs are?! Try doing pretty much anything without one.
Things that are hard to do without a thumb:
  1. Write. I'm right handed and this is my right thumb!
  2. Get dressed.
  3. Put on deodorant (surprisingly more difficult than you would think)
  4. Eat.
  5. Read. (yes. Turning the pages, holding it open - thumbs are important)
  6. Type. I always hit the space bar with my right thumb. My brain is really confused.
  7. Start the car.
  8. Open a bottle of juice.
  9. Pick things up.
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See! Thumbs ARE important!
I can't believe this was the first thing on the page when I went looking for something on the LOLcats site!

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When I took off the bandage I realized that it was more than just a gouge. The whole thing was swollen and purple and I immediately freaked out that it was broken.

So Friday morning Dad drove me to the doctors. They exclaimed over the thumb. They took x-rays. They determined that it probably wasn't broken. Only dislocated.

I have a picture of the x-ray, but didn't want to just post it here in case anyone is squeamish. so click on this LINK to see how ridiculously out of place my thumb was.

After a long wait during which we watched the news about the earthquakes and tsunami (you would have thought that would have helped put my pain in perspective. I was horrified and saddened, but by George, my thumb still HURT!), and the last five minutes of Finding Nemo. Then they told us they were waiting for another doctor who would be comfortable popping my thumb back into place. He was late because he was attending a funeral (I feel like such a whiner because even this failed to make my pain less. Callous woman that I am. I just wanted to feel better).
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You know, when this feels like the worst thing in the world.
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So Dad took me out to lunch. And then ran some other errands. And then went back.

The doctor had arrived. He looked at my thumb, grabbed hold of it and POP! um... ow! Shifted it back into place. They took more x-rays. It's better, but still not completely right. They're also concerned about tendon and ligament damage. So I get to have an MRI on Wednesday! I have never had an MRI before. I am trying not to freak out.

So I still can't use my thumb but it feels a lot better than it did on Thursday and Friday morning.

People keep asking me, oh what did you do to your thumb? And then they don't understand how I could dislocate it by falling down.

I'm just talented that way :)

14 comments:

Amanda said...

I'm squeamish, yet I still had to look at that x-ray. I am so sorry =(

MRI's are not scary at all. I've had one for my head and one for my leg (I fall down a lot). You just lay there (well, in your case you'll probably be sitting up), try not to move, it makes loud banging noises, and you're done. I hope it all turns out okay!

Dangerous With a Pen said...

Oh dear. Look, I know your WiP is giving you the business, but you really didn't have to go out of your way to move bones all around and stuff - you could have just said, "Lindsey... I'm not sure I'll get pages to you on time..."

*giggle*

Ok, oops, I don't mean to giggle. This is totally a scenario that would happen to me. I broke a pinky finger (it's still crooked) and once slammed a car door into my own face, leaving a small scar on the bridge of my nose. Oh, when I was a teenager, I also slammed the car door on my sister's hand and broke HER finger. It was 2am and we were coming home from an exhasting night babysitting and it was dark and completely accidental. But still.

The town I live in was established in 1775, and there are a lot of historical homes and landmarks. Needless to say, they don't like to update a lot. This includes sidewalkage. So I totally get the "sidewalk like steps" visual!

Virtual hugs and chocolate for you and tell GNC to go do a cheer for your friends who helped you. She gets lazy and depressed when she sits around listening to emo for too long.

Feel better!!!! Hoping for good MRI results!

Hannah Kincade said...

eessk! Good luck! I hope all is well and soon to be healed.

Tracy said...

WEll, of course, I had to go look at the x-ray; ummm, not bad though, meaning, I didn't faint!
I am so sorry you had that trauma...such an inconvenience so hey honey, milk it for all it's worse. Tell everyone you saved someone from a fire and broke it by jumping out a two story window :)

erica and christy said...

Oh my gosh, ouch! At least ketchup bottles come with flip caps now!!
erica

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

YIKES! I'm glad you have good friends who tried to take care of you....I hope your thumb feels better soon.

A few years ago I smashed my little toe into so many pieces the doctor had to remove some of the bone. After surgery and wearing a wrap and an ugly shoe for ages my toe still goes the wrong direction...UGH!

Elizabeth Twist said...

Great x-ray! Yikes! I am sending positive, healing thoughts and prayers your way.

I hope the thumb doesn't interfere with your ability to write! At least you were able to type this post, right?

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Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

so wait, did you dislocate the joint in your thumb? Or at the knuckle?
Either way, no thanks.
I have a friend who's dad like to roller ski (you know, in the summer where you have rollerblades and skipoles and you "ski" down a street) Anyway, he fell once, and because he had the poles in his hands he dislocated BOTH his thumbs. Vom. THEN, because he's kind of curmudgenly, he just jammed them back in place himself. Which was a bad idea. I think one of them still doesn't work quite right

Alan Andrews said...

Owww! Okay, before I go look at the picture (cause I'm really still just a little boy and gross stuff is SO cool), I just had to say that.

a. I hope it heals quickly
b. It's so nice to know there are other people besides me who love use their own misery to make people laugh.

Joan Crawford said...

That X-ray is so awesome! Eee! Getting an MRI (for something not so serious... now, don't take that the wrong way - I just mean, it's not like it's Thumb Cancer... I'll shut up now ;) will be neat!
I am sorry you got hurt but I really enjoyed the visuals you provided. Good luck tomorrow!

Joan Crawford said...

@Falen - ...because he's kind of curmudgenly, he just jammed them back in place himself.

Haha! That is the most perfect example of curmudgeonly I have ever seen.

Blam said...


Enter important facts:
1. There are virtually no street lights in their subdivision.
2. Everything is extremely hilly and their house is at the top of the hilliest part of the subdivision.
3. The sidewalks are not properly put in on the hills.


Okay... That all sounds safe.

Then she announced that she was going to give me ice cream because ice cream makes everything better!

Well, Darlene is right on that count, but I still think that given the poor lighting and uneven terrain in their neighborhood they kind-of deserve whatever questions a blood trail leading to their door prompts.

Do you know how important your thumbs are?

Actually, I do, having been in a sling more than once.

3. Put on deodorant (surprisingly more difficult than you would think)
4. Eat.


Um... Your priorities are a tad out of whack, dear.

click on this LINK to see how ridiculously out of place my thumb was

Yowza! I hope you're healing up all right.

VW: bledlump — A smidge of clotted exsanguination. (How appropriate!)

Blam said...


@DWAP: I ... once slammed a car door into my own face

Well, I'm sure you deserved it.

@Falen: you know, in the summer where you have rollerblades and skipoles and you "ski" down a street

Um... No. Is that really a thing?

@Joan: That X-ray is so awesome!

Ms. Bone Crawford, ladies and gentlemen, now touring with her aboriginal zombie jazz combo, Vicarious Osteophilia.

Rebecca T. said...

You all are great. At least I get chuckles out of my pain :D

@Amanda - my mom said no one was going to be able to resist looking at the x-ray. I guess she was right :)

@Lindsey - *accepts virtual hugs and chocolate* mmm... chocolate ALSO makes everything better :)

@Hannah - Thanks!

@Tracy - Well, I'm glad you didn't faint. And I'm totally using that story.

@erica and christy - yes! flip caps are important :)

@Sharon - I'm glad it wasn't my foot, but at the same time I'm like, but I don't type or write with my feet... :)

@Elizabeth - thanks! I am grateful for all the well wishes and prayers.

@Sarah - yeah, the knuckle. And OUCH! I have never heard of roller skiing before. I'm sure I would fail at it :)

@Alan - What good is misery if we can't laugh at it.

@Joan - An MRI is not neat. It is loud and awkward :) Also, I agree. That was a great use of curmudgeonly.

@Blam - what can I say? I don't know which makes me laugh more, your comments on my post or your comments on the other commenters.

Thanks everyone, my thumb is still sore and I still can't bend it, but I see an orthopedic on Wednesday so we'll see how things go :)