This was a hard post to write, not due to difficult subject matter, but because last night I almost lost a finger.
Ben and I were just getting ready to head off to bed when I reached over to turn the fan off. Seconds later I was yelling and crying, in pain as my fingers got caught in the blades of the high speed fan.
Never in my life have I felt a more excruciating pain. The only way to describe it is to say that it was like a sharp knife driving hard into your fingernail. The strike sent shockwaves through my hand, resulting in numbness in my finger, down the side of my thumb, and through the lower half of my arm. Amid my Kim K tears (I was ugly crying like you wouldn’t believe) I managed to communicate that I needed a hospital.
I made it through all the paperwork at the emergency room and waited to be seen by a triage nurse. Almost immediately after I was seen I was taken to get x-rays done to make sure that the blades hadn’t fractured or broken the bones. The techs looked over my papers and labeled my x-rays “Hand vs. Fan” and asked me who won the battle. Oh, those Aussies have a sense of humor don’t they?!
You’d think if I was going to almost sever a finger I would have done it on a mandolin slicer, after all I can’t use one of those without at least 3 cuts minimum… but no, it had to be from the whack of a fan.
Three hours of waiting for results later I found myself in a room with a resident doctor telling me that the bones are still in tact but that I shouldn’t be using this hand for a while. Then gave me some awesome pain killers that took pain level from a 10, down to a 1. It was freaking amazing!
I am still struggling to bend my finger or put any pressure on it without pain and throbbing, and am thankful for medicine because until I attempt to touch my fingertip or bend it everything feels normal. As for looks….. lets just say when I can paint my nails again I will, cause this is nasty!
Now, onto the food.
I learned the hard way this morning that when you can only use one hand, do not forget to grease your pan before cooking eggs. I also somehow managed to cut a mango and strawberries with one hand, it wasn’t pretty, but that’s a skill I should have on my resume! Dish washing skills, however, not my specialty.
I didn’t have time to cook dinner on Tuesday after spending the entire day in Sydney, so Ben cooked us Turkey Bolognese for dinner with some leftover zucchini zoodles. Luckily we had leftovers for lunch, as there is no way I could have eaten something that required a knife and fork.
For dinner Ben made us paleo chili. I gave him the recipe I wrote and told him to try his best. If all goes well for him it’ll be on the blog tomorrow. Last week I said Cauliflower Fried Rice would make an appearance for this week’s Thursday recipe, but Paleo Chili is already typed and at this time I don’t think this finger is up for a day of recipe writing.
Needless to say my Wednesday has proved to be quite challenging (and I’m not just talking about writing this post with my middle finger in the air). Here’s hoping that the pain eases up for Thursday.
Have you ever broken a finger or your dominate hand?
What is your favorite meal to eat with your hands?
I am linking up today’s WIAW with Jenn from Peas & Crayons.