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It’s just a pinky

You know that saying, ‘the sum of its parts’? Well, one of my parts is broken, and it’s been difficult to function at 100%. Because let’s face it, when something’s broken, you’re NOT at 100%.

Tomorrow I go in for pinky surgery. It seems so silly to have surgery on the pinky, of all things! I mean, it’s just a pinky! Right?

Four weeks ago, Owen and I were playing catch with the football. Owen has a pretty good right arm. Oh, and for the record, I can throw a football. Properly. With a spiral and everything. But apparently catching footballs is difficult for me.

So Owen threw a really awesome spiral. Really hard. I shouldn’t have tried to catch it. It was coming at me a little low, down at my knees. I reached down for it and ‘crunch’. It bounced off my pinky and I heard something crunch which I thought was my fingernail. Then, suddenly, I felt somewhat nauseous. My fingernail was still in tact by the way.  And my adrenaline was rushing. I felt like puking. I hopped up and down and shouted a few swear words. Probably to the chagrin of the old lady walking her dog past the house when it happened.

I went inside to sit down. Owen didn’t pester me to keep playing. He knew something was amiss.

James of course, was convinced it was merely bruised. Just a bad sprain. Yeah, right. Okay Mister Knowitall, we’ll see. I kind of had an inkling it was more than a sprain.

Right after it happened. It doesn’t look right, does it?

The next morning I took myself to urgent care. The X-rays proved it was broken. And how.

I texted James with this picture.


His response- “Impressive X-ray.”  Impressive is right! You know when you don’t want something bad to be true, but just proving your instincts were right about something is gratifying? Well, something seemed to satisfy me knowing that I was right and he was wrong.

Because everyone takes a broken pinky selfie leaving urgent care, right?

The Orthopedic specialist I have been visiting several times this month was talking surgery since day one. But I was convinced that it would heal properly on its own. This time, I WAS wrong. It didn’t heal the way it should. It needed pins to correct it.

A silly little pinky needs 3 pins to correct the crunchy bone breakage that was caused by catching, or trying to catch, a stupid football.

I feel so dumb. But, you know, it’s hard to do things with one less finger. Not to mention the pain it’s been these last 4 weeks. I mean that literally and figuratively. So fixing it properly will be a relief.

My life, like most of us, has been off-the-charts busy. I had a Guild auction for Seattle Children’s Hospital and an alumni performance for my old high school. I had no time to take some days off to recover from a surgery.

Until tomorrow. Tomorrow is D-day. Or P-day, for pinky day. I’ll be in and out in a matter of hours.

McSweetie will drive me home to a comfy bed, bringing me trays of tea and Cookie Butter toast and ordering take-out for a few nights.

I intend on milking this situation as any mother can/should.

Oh, and whattya know? The pins will be in for 6 weeks, just in time for Christmas. I think I’ll need to take a break this season from all that crafting and holiday baking I was going to do. Ha! What do I mean, ‘going’?

That’s what bakeries are for!

Wish me luck. And soon, all 10 of my digits will be back to normal.


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  1. Good luck witht he surgery and hope all goes well! No more footballs! At least for a while!

  2. Real Life Parenting says:

    You certainly deserve an uneventful surgery and some days of rest!!! Hope it all goes well, Duckie! You’ll be back to drinking tea with a nice, straight pinky out in no time!


  3. Awe Man…. If you it makes you feel any better – when my Littlest was 2.5 she got her middle finger smashed in a door at Menards – the hinge side. She had to have surgery to pin it – the break was on her growth plate at the tip of her finger. Due to her age – they casted her clear up to her SHOULDER!!!

    She recovered super fast – after learning how to hit her siblings with her arm o cast to get what she wanted. It’s all straight and mostly pretty now (her’s was somewhat messed up do the hinge part of the door almost cutting it off)….but she healed super fast!

    Here’s to fast healing and no more broken pinky.

  4. Wishing you wellness and cookie butter, although no one can rock a cloven hoof selfie like you. xoxo Ellen

  5. Oh good luck! I hope you feel better soon. I have been thinking about you and I hope you are back to feeling normally fabulous soon 🙂

  6. Good luck, my friend!

  7. Good luck Frugie! Sending you lots of love and pinky healing!