Tuesday, March 23, 2010

My Poor Thumb

I have been making books for sale for over two years (for myself, much longer) and this is my first major injury. Up until now I have prided myself on being so careful.

Mr. Bump by Roger Hargreaves 
One of my favorite stories from childhood, most likely because I can relate to him!

I work with a lot of sharp tools--rotary cutter, utility knife, guillotine style paper trimmer, needles and awls--and aside from the time I stabbed myself in the hand with the awl, I have been limited to paper cuts. Until now.
I was cutting some book board (for no one in particular, just stocking up, lest any of my customers feel guilty!) and one piece in particular was giving me trouble. I tried cutting from a different angle and WHOOPS, got my thumb. Thank God for fingernails or I would have cut the entire tip off!

It feels a bit tingly and is getting in my way something terrible. I can't tie ribbons, I'm having trouble punching holes in my text blocks, and sewing books is quite a challenge. Every night I'm so fed up with the bandages I unwrap it just to get some relief (and air to the wound). And wouldn't you know my shop has been busier since the injury than it's ever been! I like to be busy but prefer the full use of my digits!

8 comments:

Beth said...

OUCH! Hopefully it will heal quick!

KarleighJae said...

Sad day! I'm so sorry. I hope it heals quickly!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

I hear ya...those knives can be tricky!
I wound up in the ER for the first time last fall after I tried cutting my finger off with an exacto knife!

storybeader said...

ouch! Wouldn't you know it... sounds like washing your car and then it rains. OK, keep it clean, and let the air get to it. Maybe some chicken soup for good measure (like Lily would say!) {:-D

tbranscum said...

Oh no! Hope it heals quickly!

NICO Designs said...

Oh! I hope it heals quickly; I know what a pain bandages can be when you trying to get things done.

By the way, I love Teesha's site. I am now fully inspired for the journal swap and for my own....thanks again!

TiLT said...

yikes! what a horrid spot considering what you do...wishing you quick healing :)

Almost Precious said...

I'm not sure where the expression "all thumbs" came from, as whenever I've had a thumb out of commission the other 4 digits seemed pretty helpless without it.

Sure hope it gets better quickly...and that your busy spurt lasts for a very long time.

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