Saturday, April 14, 2007

AC in the ER

... or, Look Maw No Hands





Last night found old AC in the ER as a result of attempting to therapize his left hand, the one that has tendinitis in the fingers as a result of the old fool trying to learn to play the violin when he should have been content to rock gently into his dotage ... instead of going off his rocker in his dotage.

Although not terribly clever, months after his fiddle fingers flared up, old AC finally saw the wisdom of laying the instrument aside for the time being and of seeking medical advice. That resulted in the old fella visiting the friendly physiotherapist twice this week. AC and Therapist are becoming fast friends as this is the third condition for which he has sought her help in 18 months. AC appreciates that she helps ameliorate his pain and suffering, and she appreciates the new addition to her house that his frequent afflictions have financed.

One of Therapist's strategies was to advise AC to apply alternate hot and cold packs to his fingers. It's not her fault really because she doesn't yet understand that AC is an accident waiting to happen. And as it so happens, when he heated the thermal pack in the microwave last night, behold it did split and ooze the hot stuff.

Unfortunately, he did not realize that this breakage and seepage had occurred until he found his hand, his good hand mind you, beginning to burn alarmingly. And that's how AC came to find himself in the ER. The following photo shows him with both hand attended to, the burnt hand all gauzed up and the tendinitis hand in the splint that he is supposed to wear at night.

You wouldn't call AC a handyman at the best of times, and you sure wouldn't now as he has no hands with which to work. TG for voice recognition technologies that enable him to continue to blog. (Just kidding; the preponderance of pain abated in the middle of the night, and the bandages came off this morning.)

19 comments:

Gina said...

Oh ouch! I hope your hands get better soon!

And here I was, pushing you to fiddle!

Laurie said...

That doesn't sound like much fun, AC. Hope you heal up quickly!

oshee said...

You might have been safer before retirement. :-)

Cathy said...

Frightening! You've gotta take care of those hands cause you've lots of baby holding just ahead.

Heather said...

Yikes! D'ya think perhaps the universe is trying to tell you to just sit for awhile? And keep your hands idle?

Dale said...

I'm applauding Heather! Chill man. Chill and be still.

Oh the things we do to avoid washing dishes. LOL!

Seriously though, I hope you heal quickly. Burns really hurt!

Kila said...

Hope you have a good, speedy recovery!

(Boy, some people will do anything for a blog post. Just kidding!)

Coll said...

Oh my goodness.. burns can be extremely painful. I was relieved to hear that things were improving and that you were able to remove the bandages.
I am also very sorry to hear that you had to put aside the violin because your hand just would not comply. I understand how frustrating this can be. At least you gave your dream of playing a shot.. and that is the really important thing.

Pam said...

Good Lord, AC, a double whammy. I hope the burn doesn't hurt to terribly and heals quickly. I know tendonitis takes time and patience, hang in there.

Thanks for your comment on my last post.

-epm said...

Oy! No touch-typing for a while, eh? I think all us readers should chip in for this...

marmalade said...

how are you possibly going to hold the newest member of your family with hands like that!?!?! Here's to a super ultra mega quick recovery. you need those precious hands!

my latest accident= burning my tongue on my tea twenty munutes ago.

anyways, hope all is well. can't wait to hear from you! i'm so excited for you guys. weeeeeeeeeeeeee.

Cate said...

Yikes!!! I have tendonitis in one of my wrists, so I know how painful that can be. I also know the pain of a burn to the hand...I had an accident involving a hot oil pressure cooker at the local chicken joint I worked at in highschool....not fun!

Hope you're a quicker healer than I am!

mreddie said...

Good thing it wasn't your feet or you wouldn't have a leg to stand on. ec

Turtle Guy said...

The thing about most accidents is that... hey... not one of them is ever particularly "smart", and most are unavoidable. You're exhibiting a touch of "silly me", but really, accidents happen, and hey... what a neat blog post this made!

Heal quickly!

Turtle Guy said...

...before you read that the wrong way: yes, most are avoidable, but "unavoidable" as in, SOMETHING is bound to happen if you're even half-way human!

Be well!

ChrisB said...

Oh poor you hope it heals soon. I'm sure you're getting a lot of TLC and good nursing. (PS good ploy for getting out of doing the dishes- joking)

Bonita said...

I've seen Tibetan statues with that pose....however, they lack that twinkle in their eyes. You wear it very nicely!

PBS said...

Oh no! I hope at least one of your hands heals up quickly. That's got to be SO inconvenient! Not to mention painful.

Linda said...

You and our puppy Dixie would make quite a pair except she chews on her cast. Do you?