hand some — news about the paw

The oddest thing about having a broken dominant hand is how terrible it feels to brush your teeth with your opposite one. Can’t write a lick ( oh well ), can’t cook, pick up more than 1 pound, eh. But that brushing teeth….

The pins pull out quite easily if you aren’t squeamish. The doctor takes out a pair of sterile needle nose pliers and yanks away. It doesn’t hurt, most nerves are clustered around the skin, but at the very end it makes a suction schllllpppp which was pretty gross.

And there it was, swollen, discolored big chunks of dry skin. I thought this is the hand of the ancient, the infirm and began to rub around my palm, loosening large swaths of old dead skin. It hit me, how like our lives this is. Rigid and unmoving, crusted with the past are the footsteps of death. How much better to be supple, to renew, to find joy in refreshing thought and word and deed.

And so I reclaim my hand, one more month mostly splinted but bit by bit I embrace the joy of motion as splint on I pedal gently about the park.

20 Comments on “hand some — news about the paw”

  1. Bodhirose says:

    So glad you’re reclaiming use of your paw! Hey, it’s been nice over here…I hung out a while checking out some of your postings…

  2. Paul says:

    We are going through much the same at home right now, except a bit more pronounced. My wife shattered her heel 4 years ago falling off a ladder. They pieced it together with metal plates and screws. For the past six months it has been swollen and painful until just 4 days ago when they re-opened, went back in, and removed all the metal. They found bacteria had somehow entered her system, attached to the metal, and she will now face a 6 to 8 week daily sojourn to the hospital for intravenous antibiotics with the hope of saving her foot. So, all I can say is embrace your hand- though probably not too tightly!

  3. TheOthers1 says:

    Ah, the news I was waiting for with a lesson included. Hope the brushing of the teeth starts to progress better for you, my friend.

    • billgncs says:

      funny how one misses the little things… not that I couldn’t brush but how odd it felt.

      so many things we take for granted, and how powerful is the joy of movement

  4. Bumba says:

    Well, it does heal. That’s part of life too. New growth.

  5. so very grateful that you are getting better AND that you did not publish photo or record sound. Bless you for that!

  6. Glad the pins are out. Was a little afraid you would post a picture. Enjoy your gentle pedaling.

  7. Yay, It’s getting better!

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