Three Things You Can’t Do With A Broken Middle Finger

1. Write neat patient notes (my OT-sister says that means my pencil grip isn’t great. But it is functional. When I have a functioning hand.)

2. Draw blood on a neonate (because of the crab-grip required. Those little premies can be quite powerful when you bring a needle their way.)

3. Carry a heavy textbook with one hand. Then try to catch it. Ouch.

One thing you can (still) do with a broken middle finger: tell people where to get off.

xray r mid finger

As you can see, it was required for this film. Heh. Can’t say I didn’t giggle, though. The initial report was that there were no fractures. A day later I got a call from the radiologist that she does see a small fracture (not on this view), but it is not shattered or intra-articular, so buddy-strapping will suffice.

In my language we have a term, “ongeluksvoël” which translates directly to “bird of accidents”, but basically refers to an accident-prone individual. I may be one of those.

Lesson learned: when you’re in a house you don’t know and you open a window, always stabilise it with one hand. Especially if it is an old house. Especially if the windows are those double-hung kind.

This is what it looks like now (pretty purple colours).

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The next two photos have some blood on them. They’re really not bad as they were taken an hour after the incident, but if you are queasy… YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

Oh, those are blunt-force lacerations, by the way.

Anyway, I’m okay now, except that we have an MRSA outbreak in our ward so I’m trying my best to keep my hand isolated as much as possible. I’m just glad the window didn’t chop my whole finger off! 😉

18 Comments

  1. KokkieH says:

    Ouch! That looks very sore. Good thing you’re not on a surgery rotation, right?

    1. Certainly! Unfortunately I’ll be on OBGYN soon which also involves a fair amount of surgery, but hopefully it heals a bit more in the next six days.

  2. Owwie! Hope it heals well. Stay away from those vicious windows, they are carnivorous and fingers are a delicacy 🙂

    1. Well said! Thank you. It seems to be healing quite well with minimal sensory loss.

  3. Eina ! I’m staying away from windows now . Get better soon 🙂

    1. Haha, good idea – especially since our hands are not insurable yet 😛 Thanks!

  4. The Rider says:

    Dit lyk nou deksels seer! Sterkte!

    1. Dankie! Dis al heelwat beter!

  5. Brian Fulmer says:

    I will say hi even though you gave me the finger!

    1. Heh, and hi to you too, good sir!

  6. teawithmd says:

    Eek! Hope you feel better soon!

    1. Thank you! Feeling plenty better so far!

  7. TrishaDM says:

    Ouch! Hope it feels better soon!

    1. Thank you! (If I remember correctly you’re a fellow accident-prone individual :P) It feels alright. A little weird but far from a 10/10 😛

  8. harveylisam says:

    Oh my, you poor thing. Happy healing!

    1. Thanks! It seems to be healing at a reasonable pace, but the nail can’t decide if it wants to say or go 😛

  9. juanbankas says:

    Ouch! But what u can do is stick your middle finger at people and have a perfectly legitimate reason. Lol. I trust you are all healed now and carrying heavy textbooks in one hand.

    1. Haha, thanks. It’s still quite painful (and skew!) but it’s getting much better 😀

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