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Small Setbacks

March 12, 2012

Right when I started to feel like I was right on top of things I had a minor setback.  Last week I sliced off the edge of my left index finger while I was cutting out a quilt.  At first I didn’t think it was too big of a deal.  I mean, it hurt a lot, and it took quite a few bandaids to get it under control.  But I finished cutting out 10 quilt kits for a class I am teaching next month and then went to pick up Creamie from school.

Hair done. I kind of love it!

My mom immediately sent me to get it checked out.  Creamie stayed with her for the afternoon and had an extra dose of preschool.  She now has the letter U down pat.  And it turns out I did need stitches, only three of them, but still. Stitches.  (And if details make you queasy you might want to skip this next part.) I sliced off a piece of my finger with a rotary cutter, and initially I didn’t think there was anything to stitch.  But after looking at the doctor told me that he was just going to stretch my skin up and stitch it to my fingernail.  So he gave me a few numbing shots, one right underneath my fingernail which hurt almost as bad as giving birth, and then stitched through my fingernail to close up the wound and stop the bleeding.  And then I got a tetanus shot to top things off.  He wrapped it up good and told me to come back in a week to have the stitches out.

stitches mosaic

I went and picked up Creamie from my mom’s, my arm sore from the tetanus shot.  And I didn’t think too much of it until the numbing shots in my finger wore off a few hours later.  Then it was five days of constant Tylenol and trying to keep my hand above my heart so my finger didn’t grow it’s own heartbeat. That lovely black square, the bottom right above, was taken at about 3 am while I was waiting for the Tylenol to kick back in and I could go back to sleep.   I have taken more extra strength Tylenol, and the pain has bothered me more in thsese past five days than the five days after giving birth.  For real. Of course I did do a little sewing.  I finished the quilt for the class I am teaching and then did the handwork on the binding of another quilt.  Both on the day that it happened.  I was dumber then.  And perhaps that is why that black photo of my bedroom ceiling happened in the first place.  Whatever.

Had to do it. Couldn't talk myself out of it. #fleamarketfancy um, five yards of happy :)

I keep bumping it and it bleeds again and it is generally miserable.  This is the first I’ve sat down to type since then, and I’ll just say I’m grateful for spell check, because typing with only 9 fingers is a lot more than 10% less effective…  And I of course bought myself some new Flea Market Fancy to cheer me up.  It totally helped.   But cooking at my house has been non existent.  Good thing I have several meals in the freezer that we have been able to eat.  And I have a great hubby who helped me make roasted turkey and mashed potatoes for dinner yesterday.  Today I traded out the big huge cumbersome bandages for a few bandaids.  And I was able to take a shower and wash my hair all by myself.  Which felt good.  It’s getting better.  But it freaks me out that the stitches are coming out on Wednesday… I might skip that appointment and take them out myself on Friday or Saturday.  I have taken my own stitches out more than once before.  I’m kind of anti doctors office….

Love her.

So, there you have it.  We’ve been really enjoying the springy weather, for the first time in my life.  I think it has mostly to do with the fact that winter was non existent. And I do have some picture of finished projects to show you, but I think they will be mostly wordless posts.  Typing is still really awkward.  Maybe I’ll see if I can figure out posting from my phone.  Because I’ve come to be a great texter.  My thumbs can find those letters lickety split! My other 8 fingers aren’t so good at taking over for the one…

Diet coke, stripey straw and a girls night = awesome!

On Saturday I spent the evening with some lovely ladies chatting, drinking diet coke out of cute straws and looking at the beautiful home of Erin.  It was a much needed escape after the week I had.  I’ll be back soon with some photos, but not many words for a while.  I’m sure you understand.

20 Comments leave one →
  1. March 12, 2012 4:47 pm

    Oh no!!!! I’m so sorry that happened. Ouch. I hope it heals fast so you won’t have any problems teaching your class!

  2. March 12, 2012 6:07 pm

    OMG!!! I get nervous when ever I use my rotary cutter, which is frequent, for that particular reason. Ugh! I’m gonna have nightmares now (that too drastic? nightmares? yeah, that vision is gonna haunt my sleep).

  3. March 12, 2012 6:39 pm

    I was just thinking of you today and wondering about how your finger was, and was going to facebook you, but Scarlet hasn’t slept today, and therefore I can’t really think. But I miss you friend… and have a big stack of pink fabrics I’ve been dreaming about sewing in to something for the little Miss, because when she finally moves out of our room she’ll need to have some kind of bed set. And hi. 🙂

  4. Pia permalink
    March 12, 2012 7:19 pm

    Oh my. I feel your pain. Literally, I felt it. I did the exact same thing (rotary cutter, left index finger). Except it took it CLEAN OFF. Wish I could send you a picture…or not. Hope you feel better.

  5. March 12, 2012 8:40 pm

    You poor thing. This post made me feel a little weak–I know it’s so much worse for you! I hope it is healing quickly and that the worst is far over!

  6. March 12, 2012 9:52 pm

    Ew ew ew. I am so sorry. I cut myself with mine a few months ago, and it hurt like the dickens, and it was just a little cut. I have to say, I love my rotary cutter still, but I’m a whole lot more careful now. I hope your finger heals soon, and that the stitches come out cleanly. Ew.

  7. March 12, 2012 9:53 pm

    PS. I love that first pic of Creamie in the mirror. SO sweet.

  8. March 12, 2012 10:49 pm


    Ouch! Seriously. Ouch! Hopefully, Creamie gives you lots of hugs and kisses to make it feel better. I’m so sorry!

    Also, loving the peek of that quilt. Can’t wait to see the whole thing!

    xo -E

  9. March 12, 2012 10:50 pm

    Ouch ouch and OUCH! Hope it’s feeling better soon. I love your new FMF fabrics.

  10. March 12, 2012 11:37 pm

    Ouch, that sounds nasty! Hope it’s getting better soon!

  11. Susan permalink
    March 13, 2012 6:25 am

    I feel your pain. I took a slice from my ring finger while using a mandolin to cut carrots into a salad. Not fun. Have you tried one of those finger splints to protect it? Good healing thoughts from CT.

  12. March 13, 2012 9:37 am

    Oh gosh, I am always paranoid of that type of thing but I’ve always though “How much damage can I do with a rotary cutter?” or “People don’t ever sew through their fingers!” I will be A LOT more careful now. I’ve never had stitches (knock on wood)! I know how frustrating it is trying to do continue with daily life without use of one hand. Hope you are on the mend.

  13. Meagan permalink
    March 13, 2012 2:23 pm

    I just got the tinglies reading that! I wish I lived in UT still and I would totally die to come take that quilting class. 🙂

  14. March 13, 2012 7:14 pm

    No bueno. I hate how seemingly small injuries or injuries on small parts of my body make my whole self less hurt (or less coordinated).

  15. March 14, 2012 12:04 pm

    Sorry about your finger, friend. Sounds terrible. Sometimes the “smallest” pains the are worst. Hope it heals quickly!!

  16. March 14, 2012 5:40 pm

    ugh! that sounds horrible. i saw that you had it wrapped up at church and wanted to ask what happened. so sad! i’ll be extra careful with my rotary cutter from now on. i love all of the pictures, though. pretty fabric just makes me happy. ; )


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