“Owwww! Hot damn, that smarts!”

Dec 1, 2012 | 3 comments

 One door slammed on one finger plus said finger wrapped with bulky dressing by doctor and nurse equals a dearth of dexterity on the keyboard. The good news is the bone is not broken (which, I learned yesterday, can often lead to amputation in the case of fingers!) and it is even possible I won’t lose the nail. This is because said nail was split in two from top to bottom allowing the blood from beneath it to flow freely.  Everywhere.  And for a long time.  The other good news is that I have no writing deadlines pending so this ponderous hunt-and peck method with my left hand will not impede timely forward progress except, perhaps, in the Blog Department.

I do want to give high marks to my neighbor Carol (a retired nurse) who came immediately to my rescue with rolls of gauze and tape when I called her shortly after dawn’s crack yesterday.  (As you might imagine, I had been out feeding the chickens and, apparently in my rush to get back in the house and out of the pouring rain, my door-shutting timing was askew.)

I thought I was all set when it occurred to me that it had probably been years since I had had a tetanus shot.  One call to the clinic revealed that I was correct about that and they had an opening in an hour.  I didn’t know until I got there that I would get the full emergency treatment, complete with X-rays and consultation between my primary care person, “Dr. Steve,” and the orthopedic surgeon!  Wow!

Did I mention that I love the Ocean Beach Medical Clinic and Hospital?!!


  1. Stephanie Frieze

    Glad you’re keeping your finger and I am glad that you got good treatment, Sydney. Since our experience has been vastly different down there I may be asking you for a recommend when we finally relocate permanently although I still have my fingers crossed that Group Health/Kaiser will smarten up and move into Astoria.

  2. Kathleen Shaw

    And wouldn’t you know it, the most common letters (a, e, t, r, etc.) are on the left side of a standard QWERTY keyboard! Glad it wasn’t worse, and hope it feels better soon.

  3. Anne Kepner

    Jim and I will also give very high marks to the Ocean Beach Emergency crew. It was a year ago today that Jim was treated for his broken pelvis there. We are lucky.


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