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The pinkie injury story

Sunday, October 14, 2012

I know I've whined about this before: spark and apple are not friends. I really wish I could easily upload pics. I emailed some to myself to post on my last blog and they're sideways. I'm sorry! And now I'm typing this on my iPhone. Autocorrect disasters abound!

3 weeks ago today I was all excited about a new 14 mile running route with DH. Not even 2 miles into the run, I trip. On a shoelace, on a sidewalk crack, on my own clumsiness. Who knows?! Basically I landed on my left pinkie finger. My leg was a little scraped, but it was my hand that was in rough shape. Since my legs were fine, I wanted to try to keep going. We cut it short, but still managed 7 miles. Your call: I'm a complete idiot. Or a bada$$!! (OK, fine. A little of both)

DH wanted me to go to urgent care. I went to my parent's instead. My mom used to be a nurse and set it in a little splint. And said it may be dislocated. My dad told me rugby stories of setting ther broken fingers with Popsicle sticks. My mom swears that she said to get it checke out if the swelling didn't go down the next day. It wouldn't be the first time in my life that I ignored advice that I didn't like.

I still couldn't bend it the next day and again DH said, "go see a doctor." And I again ignored him. At this point it is fair to say that I fall in the complete idiot category. To be honest some of this is because of the cost of health care. We've been paying bills for the past 3 years: births of 2 kids then DHs accident. We've had a lot of health care bills and I'm sick of it. I was hoping that this would magically heal itself.

After about a week I knew something was really wrong. The finger looked like a Z. It was that crooked and it still hurt quite a bit. But as we all know, days can go by rather quickly an all of a sudden it's been a week. On Thursday night my mom saw me and she must have noticed when I winced or something. She screamed, "Maura Jeanne! You need to see a doctor immediately."

OK, that did it. When your mom uses your middle name, you know it's serious. I called first thing Friday morning and got x-rayed that afternoon. I will try to get the picture uploaded later. It really is something. They said I won film of the week. Which in some sick way makes me very happy! It's not broken, but I damaged tendons. And the volar plate shifted so now part of the bone is growing in the wrong direction. All that to say: surgery. One of the doctors wanted me to go in immediately. Another wanted to try a bent splint for a week. They gathered a whole team together and compromised. Surgery is Tuesday afternoon. Finger is in a splint now. The splint has it in a forced bend, which is unfortunately very painful.

The good news is that I'm still able to run! Ha! I have a real sickness. I ran 10 this morning with some friends and we ha a blast and there was no pain. And when they were scheduling the surgery and changed it to Tuesday, I said "yes! That's better!" Because I want to run with my group Tuesday morning. See? I have a sick addiction.

I know all runners eventually deal with injury. I never thought mine would be with one teeny pinkie finger! I'm a little nervous so I'd appreciate any positive energy or prayers that you've got.

Happy Sunday sparkfriends!
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  • OPTIMIST1948
    You were a bada$$ for still going but an idiot for waiting so long to go to the dr. Still love you!
    2014 days ago
  • HEIDI-25
    Sorry that I missed this :( You are totally normal with not going to the doctor in my opinion. You were hoping that on its own that your finger would start feeling better. You gave it time, it did not, and then you got x-rays. I would have done the same thing :D
    So a painful splint and possible surgery tomorrow. Good luck and hope that you get back to running quickly. Update if you can soon.
    2017 days ago
    Your description makes me think I would say "eeewwwww!" and turn my head at your pictures.
    Best wishes for tomorrow!
    2017 days ago
    oh sheeesh, that sounds like a major owie for sure.... I hate the auto correct on my IPad... trying to blog from it is a real challenge.

    im leaning more toward bada$$ myself.... but even us bad a$$e$ need to know when to go see a doc... glad you are ok though... good thing we dont run on our pinkies or we would be in big trouble..
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    2017 days ago
    Hope it all goes well and that you heal very quickly. My dad was a medic and I always went to him first too. After all we know they love us and won't hurt us and they do it for free!!!

    2017 days ago
    Ouch. You know I would have been the same as you. I put things off that I really don't want to do and hope for the best. Hope your surgery goes well for you. emoticon
    2017 days ago
    That has got to hurt!! Is it your "writing" hand?
    And now I guess your husband is saying"told you so"?

    I can totally rate to you wanting to still run. Your lucky you didn't hurt your knee worse careful out there!!
    2017 days ago
    Maura Jeanne eh? Pretty name:) I shouldn't admit it but I kinda like your sickness-you're totally addicted and I think it's so cool. You're one tough chick(along with one fast chick)for your finger to be all messed up and you just carry on.(Don't even get me started on private healthcare-would you have been quick to go if you didn't get sent a bill afterwards?grrrrrr-in a nice way of course;) You definitely have to post the x-ray pic-I wanna see, I wanna see-hehe. The surgery part is yuck but since you're so tough, I know it will be breezy and you'll be up and at'er nice and quickly. I hope this bent splint thing magically corrects your finger and surgery is cancelled.

    2018 days ago
    I guess I use my daughters middle names too much... that wouldn't make them sit up and take notice, with that said.... All my positive energ y is being sent your way! I truly believe you are a bada$$ in no uncertain terms!!! Keep us posted! emoticon ~ Patty
    2018 days ago
    I messed up my baby finger once, too, and also procrastinated when it came to getting medical attention.

    More specifically, I fell down a flight of stairs and as a result of the fall, I severed the tendon at the tip of my right baby finger. I also broke a bone in my right hand and sprained my left wrist. I did go to urgent care to get my hand treated initially, but once I got the diagnosis and a splint etc, I didn't follow up.

    And didn't follow up ...

    And as a result of failing to follow up, my detached tendon retracted into my finger and by the time I went back to the doctor, it was too late. I was told it would require two surgeries, and major rehab to fix it.

    So, moral of the story: go to the doctor, and then go back to the doctor. And do your rehab. Even if you think your finger is healing ok, please make sure that you follow through, because without the rehab, you could still end up with a messed up hand.

    Hope things get better for you.
    2018 days ago
    Well, I have no idea what a volar plate is but this certainly sounds painful. As for parental use of a middle name, so funny, I guess we all pull that trick out of our hats when we need to! Sending positive vibes your way for smooth sailing on Tuesday.
    2018 days ago
    emoticon you're not sick! You're a runner!

    Will definitely pray you have a good surgery and a fast recovery! emoticon emoticon
    2018 days ago
    Yep, you are indeed sick (hahahaha).

    Everything should go fine and it probably won't even be a blip in your running.
    2018 days ago
  • ALICIA214

    Which just goes to show should listen to your Mama and Hubby.
    Hope your surgery goes well on Tuesday.

    2018 days ago
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