It’s been 5-1/2 weeks since my right index finger was shortened while breaking up a dog attack, and it’s time for an update.
The short version (no pun intended): The wound is healing. Not healed, but in process. I was cut loose by the hand specialist last week, who said the healing process will just take time. It still looks gnarly, and it does throb from time to time, but progress is being made, or so I’ve been assured. Today I visit another doctor for advice on exercises for my hand and finger. That’s important.
I’ve been teaching myself how to type while keeping the finger up and out of the line of fire. It requires more effort to remember that my right middle finger now needs to cover an extra octave on the keyboard (that’s the best analogy I could come up with on short notice). It leads to lots of conflicts between “i” and “u”, or “n”, “m”, and “,”.
What I just don’t know is how much my typing will be affected when the slightly shortened finger is back in full use. That’s something I can’t answer yet.
But, as I’ve said all along, it could have been much worse.
Wow! I typed that sentence using the shortened finger, and it worked, the first time I’ve tried to put it to use. It felt awkward, but it did work.