Sticking Out Like a Sore Thumb

Earlier this week I apparently cut my thumb under my thumbnail. I think it may have been when I opened a can of soda. The tab on the top slipped between flesh and nail. I didn’t think anything of it because I am always nicking, scraping, and cutting my hands without knowing how, and in many cases without even noticing until a day or two later.

But this particular hidden cut is apparently a Leo and wanted lots of attention. My thumb started to hurt two days ago but I continued to ignore it. Not one to be ignored, this attention-starved injury decided to up the ante by making my thumb all hot and throbby and even sending some radiating pain into other parts of my thumb. Well now the little bastard had my attention. Trying to operate a zipper with my right hand was like a little trip to Pain Central and the throbbing kept me awake last night. In less pain this morning but not wanting to end up spending time in the emgergency room this weekend if things took a turn for the worse, I went to my GP to see what could be done. Some spray-can freezing solution, a little scalpel action, a moderate amount of oozing (which I won’t describe in more detail), and  one prescription for a Dicloxacillin later, I feel like I can face the weekend without the fear of amputation or flesh-eating viruses.

The biggest annoyance at this point, other than having my dominant right thumb working at less than full capacity, is the fact that the Dicloxacillin not only has to be taken four times a day, but I have to take it on an empty stomach. So I am going to have to create an eating and medication schedule for the next 10 days. I guess the silver lining is that I love a good organization project…maybe I will do a spreadsheet…

3 thoughts on “Sticking Out Like a Sore Thumb

  1. Ti September 25, 2009 / 12:45 pm

    You must have seen that Oprah show on flesh eating bacteria. I did not see it but my co-worker directed me to it when I stapled my own finger this week.

    Thomas, I am glad you went to the doctor. Feel better.


  2. deniz September 25, 2009 / 2:52 pm



  3. Thomas September 26, 2009 / 11:24 am

    Ti: I didn't see the Oprah on flesh eating bacteria probably a good thing too. I haven't looked in a while, but I supposed the new Oprah season is waiting for me on TiVo. Although from what I have read in the press, I think I will skip the Mackenzie Phillips episode. I already know more than I want to. Yikes.

    Hope your stapled finger is healing.

    Deniz: you should have been a nurse. maybe it isn't too late…


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