Hands, Fingers, Knees and Toes…

How often do you use the tip of your right ring finger? No idea? A lot, it turns out. Just typing this is causing a considerable amount of pain.

On Thursday, ten minutes before my OSCE, I slammed my finger in a glass sliding door. It took me about ten metres on the way to hospital to realise that the pain was accompanied by a considerable amount of bleeding.

And a peculiar kind of Raynaud’s phenomenon – I’m telling you, the affected finger really did go all the colours of the American (or French, or English) flag. Right now it is a peculiar shade of purple.

I’m a bit of a klutz. In second year, I almost lost my thumb to an accident with a hot porcelain bowl (pictured here – don’t ask).

Just a while ago, Mom asked me if I’d be insuring my hands when I’ve graduated. Little Sister commented that then I might as well insure my ass. Uhm, thanks Little Sister.

It all seems kind of serious when you start talking about insuring body parts, isn’t it? I don’t even know the protocol for things like that. Don’t you need to be… GOOD?

Whenever I have lunch with The Boy’s family (who are practically all in the medical profession), they start gushing about how wonderful someone’s hands are. I still find that strange. A couple of months ago a retired doctor shouted at me for chopping veggies “the wrong way”. Apparently I was in danger of chopping a finger instead.

I don’t think I injured my hands nearly as much before they became my (future) livelihood.

As for my injury? It’s taking it’s sweet time to heal, and the fingertip is a little numbed, but despite my initial melodramatic response, all will be well.


  1. TrishaDM says:

    You are not alone. I am an accident waiting to happen. I sprained my right wrist the week before one of my second year OSCEs and was incapable of percussing properly or palpating deeply with that hand. Also, I recently chopped a good chunk of the end of my thumb with a knife… Cutting veggies. My mother yells at me for chopping wrong all the time. Why I am not in surgery. Hope your finger heals quickly!

    1. Hah! This is why I love blogging – shows me that I’m not alone! Recently I stick to washing dishes and let the more ambitious cooks chop veggies. Finger is healing well, although I think the tip is going to come off eventually. But whatever, at least whatever remains will be able to feel. And I have a four week theory rotation so I won’t be exposed in any way.

  2. Sally Walton says:

    Who knew porcelain could be so dangerous?
    Glad to have found you on the Medical Monday’s Blog Hop! Look forward to reading more of your posts. I love to travel so those will intrigue me for sure:)

    1. Who knew indeed – I suppose it’s worth mentioning that it was searing hot and cut through my skin like a hot knife through butter.
      Thanks for stopping by and great to meet you 🙂

  3. Dr Erhumu says:

    If a doctor needed to insure a body part, which would it be? The neurologist would say his brain, the surgeon will say his hands, the physician might say his mouth (uhm I didn’t mean that)… Nice blog you have here. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    1. A very candid point you make, doc! Thanks for the visit 🙂

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