Wednesday 9 May 2007

gonna end up a big old pile of them bones....

How many times in your life will you specifically need the third finger on your left hand? In conjunction with the other digits, I suppose it's useful enough, but you'd imagine that - at a pinch, and if you really had to - you could manage without it.....

....unless you were getting married in the next few weeks.

Any other time in my life, damaging your ring finger would be annoying and perhaps a touch inconvenient, but it would be something that could be shrugged off and quickly forgotten about. This is more or less exactly what I did in 1991 when I dislocated this finger at the second joint whilst playing rugby. It hurt. It swelled up. I had to strap it up for a few weeks. The joint warped a bit. That was about it. No big deal.

Fast forward 15 years, and I pinged the same joint whilst playing basketball with the Ultimate Olympian at the very end of March. I had a small sense of deja-vu as the joint swelled up and I had to strap my poor finger up, but I wasn't especially worried about it.

Fast forward a month, and the bruising had gone down but the joint itself remained painful and swollen, and - with the benefit of 20:20 hindsight - perhaps I can now admit that taking that stint in goal at football a couple of weeks ago wasn't the smartest of ideas.... I'm rubbish in goals on the whole, but on this occasion I was pulling off some very unlikely reflex saves, mainly with my left hand. I initially felt pretty pleased with myself, but by the end of the game, it was also fairly clear that I was finally going to have to go to the doctor to get this damn finger checked out.

I went last Tuesday and the doctor immediately sent me off for an X-ray and told me to immobilise the finger by strapping it to my middle finger.

I got the x-ray results today.

I've broken my finger.

I don't know yet if it's a clean fracture or if a splinter of bone has broken off and gone through the joint... but 5 or 6 weeks after the original injury, it should have mostly cleared up by now, and obviously it hasn't. I may yet have to take the Frodo Baggins approach and wear the Ring of Power on a chain round my neck for a bit before I can cast it into Mount Doom wear it on my finger.



  1. One day at a time...perhaps it will magically clear up before you need it :)

  2. Breaking stuff is very much en vogue at the moment. My friend M has also broken her finger, and my mum's fractured two ribs, tripping over wearing unsuitable shoes. You're in good company.

  3. I've never been so excited about a post just by the title...

    Alice In Chains, how I miss thee...

    Good luck with the finger though.

  4. Ive had joints pop out in rugby, or jarred whilst playing basketball, but they've usually cheared up by a few weeks.

    How annoying is it that the timing coincided with your wedding.. Sod's Law eh?

  5. You could always wear the ring on your right hand for the time being? That would be very... Russian I think it is? *shrugs*

    Of course, having it heal before the wedding would be by far the better option.


  6. If that happened in a drama or a soap opera I'd go 'yeah right' but... As long as the ring fits on the right hand though, I guess no real biggie. Quite a lot of countries -including Norway - use the right hand for wedding rings.

    Hope it gets well soon.