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VertOlive
April 12th, 2022, 12:13 PM
A note to those here expecting a letter from me: it may be a while. On March 22 I lost the first joint of the 4th finger of my right hand. There’s a surgery to come and I can’t at the moment write legibly or for long.

I might try to figure out how to send typed postcards to my other correspondents…Eventually, I’ll get those replies out.

Chrissy
April 12th, 2022, 01:06 PM
OMG that's so shocking. :shocked: I'm so sorry to hear that. What on earth happened?

VertOlive
April 12th, 2022, 04:33 PM
Work accident. Right after I’d ordered a new, larger harp, too. :(

mizgeorge
April 12th, 2022, 04:41 PM
I'm so sorry. That sounds horrid, painful and frustrating in almost equal measures.

I hope the surgery is a success.

penwash
April 12th, 2022, 05:28 PM
Ouch..
(another ouch after reading your description again).

Wishing you a successful surgery!

manoeuver
April 12th, 2022, 06:48 PM
that is terrible. hope you get good care and your recovery is swift and thorough.

joolstacho
April 12th, 2022, 08:06 PM
Hang in there, and remember what Django Rhienhart did with just 2 fingers on his guitar fretting hand!

Chrissy
April 13th, 2022, 12:35 AM
Ouch..
(another ouch after reading your description again).

Wishing you a successful surgery!
Me too.
Hope all goes well. :)

An old bloke
April 13th, 2022, 01:29 AM
Work accident. Right after I’d ordered a new, larger harp, too. :(
There's a young lady amputee with one arm who plays the drums like the rock star she is so I imagine that you will do just fine on your new harp with 9.66 fingers once you've healed and had a chance to practice a bit.

TSherbs
April 13th, 2022, 04:20 AM
Best wishes, and sorry to hear this.

Empty_of_Clouds
April 13th, 2022, 04:48 AM
Ouch indeed. Wishing the speediest of recoveries and a rapid adaption to new circumstances.

Sailor Kenshin
April 13th, 2022, 05:49 AM
that is terrible. hope you get good care and your recovery is swift and thorough.

Amen to that.

vdiantonio
April 13th, 2022, 06:21 AM
Wishing you a quick recovery.

FredRydr
April 13th, 2022, 06:46 AM
Wow! Ouch. I trust modern medical science will have your harp singing before very long.

eachan
April 13th, 2022, 07:09 AM
Such a bad thing to happen to a writer. I hope you have a speedy recovery.

junglejim
April 13th, 2022, 12:13 PM
omg! I am so sorry to hear about your accident, vertolive. Take care and I hope your surgery is succesful. Your little fur babies will watch over your recovery

Jon Szanto
April 13th, 2022, 12:21 PM
Holding you In the Light, Vert.

VertOlive
April 14th, 2022, 10:27 AM
Ha! It being “Workman’s Comp”, the specialist decided against surgery yesterday and advised me to “grow some more finger over that wound”. My estimated wait time : 5 months.

That said, the three fingers are enough for the harp, but I still can’t manage a pen…

empliau
April 14th, 2022, 11:27 AM
I am so sorry to hear this. Such a painful thought! Hoping for news as your recovery progresses.

junglejim
April 14th, 2022, 05:29 PM
Ha! It being “Workman’s Comp”, the specialist decided against surgery yesterday and advised me to “grow some more finger over that wound”. My estimated wait time : 5 months.

That said, the three fingers are enough for the harp, but I still can’t manage a pen…

Oh sweet Jesus! What did your company do, go with the absolute lowest bidder for Workman' Comp?

Chrissy
April 15th, 2022, 12:27 AM
Ha! It being “Workman’s Comp”, the specialist decided against surgery yesterday and advised me to “grow some more finger over that wound”. My estimated wait time : 5 months.

That said, the three fingers are enough for the harp, but I still can’t manage a pen…
Once it's grown back a little and isn't painful anymore your handwriting and harp playing will go back to normal. :)
I pressed a doorbell with my right little finger a year ago and for whatever reason it pulled off/split the extensor tendon that has never grown back or healed. Even though the end of my little finger is now "floppy" I can at least write again. :)

VertOlive
April 15th, 2022, 11:38 PM
Oh sweet Jesus! What did your company do, go with the absolute lowest bidder for Workman' Comp?

While it sounds a little hinky, it may be the best option. The bone fragments left inside are slowly dissolving, and I’ve no signs of osteomyelitis. Opening it up puts me at risk again for a bone infection, another wound site for a graft, and further exposure to the sub par medical system that is Texas. It’s only been three weeks and it seems to be doing ok.

That said, my dining room looks like Santa’s Little Wound Care Workshop and my son has turned me into his Biology project. He’s photographing the daily sessions of care/rehab and is terribly pleased at the “Yuck” factor of the photos. Silver linings and all that.

Marsilius
April 16th, 2022, 05:16 PM
Sending well-wishes! As a wind player, I always figure I can best lose my left pinky or right thumb . . . but not recommended for anyone.

calamus
April 21st, 2022, 01:19 PM
Oh my. Just found this thread. I am so sorry. Five decades of Our Lady's Psalter for you tonight! Hang in there, and offer it up. After all, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. (Except for bears. Bears will kill you.)

VertOlive
May 24th, 2022, 10:01 AM
Many thanks for the cards and well wishes. Yesterday makes it two months’ dealing with this and the Dr. says three more months to go. I hope to be at least scribbling short missives before that. Onward!