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A Thumb as an Accessory

December 15, 2017

Kerri suggested posting about things NOT diabetes. So here we go.

I’ve written about it before, but I love playing in social leagues. I find it to be the perfect amount of competitiveness combined with a lot of laughter. The one I’ve been a part of for the longest time is inner tube water polo.

Unfortunately I got injured this season. I was spun into the wall by an opposing player and my thumb bent backwards. I jumped out of the pool, iced and realized it wasn’t going to get better on it’s own. I’ve still been going to the games and being the best cheerleader I can be. I’ve also been to urgent care, a hand surgeon in orthopedics and a hand therapist (all firsts for me!). I’m two weeks out from the injury, and the pain has decreased, but the ability to do things has not increased. It’s absolutely infuriating. Things like cutting foods, turning a faucet, getting dressed, shoveling or holding anything and washing my hair are incredibly difficult or impossible.

I have been an absolute grump. It’s very frustrating not being able to do simple tasks for yourself. If someone offers to help while I’m capable, it’s one thing, but to NEED help and have to ask. It’s driving me crazy. Luckily people have been very helpful. People have cut my veggies that I need for cooking, wrapped presents for me, shoveled, helped me get mittens on and offered so much more. I’ve spent some of my time at the bar after the games trying to figure out who lives close to me and who’ll be willing to shovel me out. That is what I’m most nervous about. Luckily, these are wonderful people who have said that I can call on them. It’s one of the main reasons ITWP is so wonderful.

And, if you see me on the mountain in the near future, I’m going to look like this with one mitten and one pole.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 16, 2017 8:39 AM

    Sorry, I can’t like this story. How terrible to have your thumb immobile! Until you heal, it’s okay to rely on the kindness of others. They wouldn’t help you if they didn’t already think you were worth the effort. And you are! Hope it heals quickly and comes back stronger than ever.

  2. Rick Phillips permalink
    December 17, 2017 10:06 PM

    I hope the thumb gets better quickly. Thumbs are important.

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