Saturday, January 28, 2012

Hundred Dollar Haircut

A few days after Christmas my thumb turned into a red, swollen, painful sausage. It hurt, bad. We all thought it was an in-grown nail or something. The Monday after we got back it was more swollen and painful then ever. It was New Year's Day so the Doctors were closed. We decided I should have it checked out that day. I went to the InstaCare clinic.

The Doc gave me numbing shots in my thumb. Ouch. My thumb filled with fluid and easily doubled in size. He then sliced open my thumb and proceeded to dig and carve into the inside using some kind of needle/knife that was MASSIVE. A large amount of puss oozed out. Then he juiced my thumb to get out the infection. Blood and puss everywhere. Yum!

I went home in the worst pain of my life. No exaggeration- worse than my two labor/deliveries. He gave me some pain meds and antibiotics. Later that night I realized since I was still nursing a baby I could not take the pain meds...Nooo!!

I had to soak and juice my thumb a few times each day and eventually go back to the Doc for a stronger antibiotic. One day, while juicing my thumb, I saw something small and black in the crease by my nail. You would never guess the cause of the worse pain ever ....

A tiny, thick 1/4 inch piece of James' hair! I had given him a haircut over Christmas break and one of those sharp little guys embedded itself into my finger.


It was quite the experience. Especially when my entire thumb shed a thick layer of skin and became crazy sensitive! It took a good 2 weeks AND $100.00 for my thumb to heal. Today James needs another haircut....

7 comments:

Megan said...
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Megan said...

Ouch! That looks very painful. Hair slivers are the worst. I've had one in my foot before and it literally is the most horrible pain ever. It's amazing how such a small object can cause enormous pain.

Juliann said...

Whoa. Did you hear about me having to be hospitalized-in November for an infected finger?! Holy COW! I'm SO SO glad it wasn't worse for you! I TOTALLY feel your pain! Seriously.

Bre And Drew said...

holy cow that looks so painful! And I can't believe you couldn't take pain meds... I'm sorry!

Paige said...

Wow, Meg! That looks horrible, and I hate to even consider the pain that you'd be in! Glad its out, at least. Maybe you could wear gloves? I couldn't, but I'm not very good at cutting hair : )

Starlie and Nate said...

ouch ouch ouch!

tahnee said...

That is so scary!!!! and looks so painful!