So it had been more than one week since I smashed my finger up. It turns out I do not have a fracture, just arthritis on my x-ray. But I still have a smashed finger. I am in the splint until Monday when I get my stitches out. I am now allowed to get it wet so I took off my splint and took a nice bath yesterday. Out of the splint though I developed a new appreciation about how messed up my finger truly is. I realized how swollen it still is, how tender and, most concerningly, how numb. It is also pretty stiff. I am not able to work and not sure when I can go back. Here is an attempt to get a picture of the less gory side of my finger compared to my non-smashed one.
It is hard even to take photos with a smashed finger. I am learning just how important this finger is. I can’t knit. It is hard to type. Going to the bathroom is challenging. I tried cooking for the first time last night. Let’s say the meatballs were not really balls. (Probably not a good choice on my part). I can’t go to the barnyard for a lot of reasons, but the biggest one is that I cannot get my hand into any gloves.
So I am pretty much stuck at the house, outside of medical appointments which Tom has been driving me to. We did have tickets to Los Lobos we bought in January so I got to see them and briefly forget my finger (except I could not clap). I have often longed for time off for reading and knitting, but now that I have it I cannot knit and I am not reading. I find myself really tired all the time. But one saving grace in all of this (apart from Tom who has been amazing) is that I figured out that I can weave with this injury.
I have wanted to make a woven cloak out of our Gotland yarn like from the Lord of the Rings for a long time. I had found a pattern in Handwoven magazine from 2003 that I have saved. I had already started finally warping the loom for this when I busted up my finger. I managed, very carefully, to finish warping the loom and now I am able to weave.
So each afternoon I have been weaving some, while catching up on Marc Maron’s podcasts. Yesterday I was sipping some chilled Aquavit while doing this. This has been helping a lot with my “farmhouse fever”. Above is a photo in natural light and below with a lamp to try to show the pattern. Wish me luck with my recovery.