From Pipi’s Pasture: Dealing with an injured finger

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I think that we sometimes tend to take our body parts for granted. Take our opposable thumbs, for example. Have you ever tried to do something without using your thumb — like writing, for example, or grasping a glass of water? There are so many ways that we use these wonderful thumbs!

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Diane Prather

This week, I’ve been thinking about another finger, the fourth finger on my right hand. That’s because I injured it while I was mixing up a casserole two nights ago. When I was using a spoon to scoop chili out of a can, my finger came into contact with the jagged edge of the newly opened lid, resulting in a nasty cut that ran across the top of the finger — right where it bends. And for the past two days, I have been painfully aware of the number of things I do with the finger. Of course I am right-handed.

So, I’ve noticed having difficulty with these things since the injury (granted that other fingers play a part in these tasks, too):

• shifting gears in the car

• dusting Pipi with fly powder

• feeding two calves at the same time

• pitching hay with a fork

• packing two bottles, some grain, and cat food to the corral

• picking up “sections” of baled hay by hand

• hoeing and hand weeding the garden

• watering potted flowers with a watering can and jugs

• packing the watering can and jugs

• unloading groceries from the car

• writing with a pen or pencil

• writing out a check

• using the computer (though not as hard as using a pencil since I can use one hand)

• picking up cans off a shelf

• washing dishes

• sweeping the floor

• putting on clothes, especially buttoning and zipping

• putting on my shoes (ouch)

• turning a door knob to open the door

• spraying the clothes with a pre-wash liquid

• putting a pillowcase over a pillow

• slicing roast beef

• picking up a cup of coffee

• moving the garden hose

• writing on a chalkboard

• packing a bag of books

• making a sandwich

• scooping grain out of a gunny sack

See what I mean? I could go on and on. I also have found out how hard it is to try doing some of the chores with my left hand. How awkward! As I wait for my injury to heal, I’ll be thinking how much I appreciate the many things my finger helps me do!

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