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Another Broken Bone

January 16th, 2015 · 8 Comments

Playing basketball (of course) Wednesday morning, when I reached in to steal a pass. Instead, the ball impacted the tip of my pinkie which immediately started bleeding. It didn’t hurt much, so I wrapped it up and kept playing.

That day was OK, though it hurt a little to type with that finger. I assumed it was just another jammed finger, of which I have had plenty.

The next day the whole hand started swelling and hurting. It got so bad that I had to take oxycodone in order to sleep last night. So this morning I went to an Urgent Care center and had x-rays taken.

Finger x-ray

They splinted it, prescribed pain and antibiotic medication, and said I should see an orthopedic surgeon. Not sure if I will bother. Nothing to do but wait till it heals, 3-4 weeks.

Update: I made an appointment with a hand surgeon for Monday. Dr Haber is the hand surgeon for ASU and the Phoenix Suns, so I should be in good hands…

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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Richard // Jan 16, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Will this keep you from playing or are you just going to tape it up and keep going? One of these days you’re going to figure out that basketball is a dangerous sport.

  • 2 Daryl // Jan 16, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    I’ve got to lay off for a few weeks. Probably fewer than the doc recommends…

  • 3 Don // Jan 16, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    Maybe you should take up something safe like riding a motorcycle…

  • 4 Donna // Jan 19, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    I broke my thumb once while on vacation. It took Vicodin to keep me going. Very painful. I never did anything about it, and it healed fine.

  • 5 Daryl // Jan 20, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Orthopedic surgeon said that the way it is broken I need to splint it, or the tendon could pull the broken piece out of position. Have to wear it 24-7 for about a month. At least the splint is plastic so I can take a shower with it on.

  • 6 Don // Jan 21, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    But no basketball?

  • 7 Daryl // Jan 21, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    He didn’t specifically say no basketball…
    I go back and see him next week, and I’ll ask. Not too hopeful, though I have seen players on TV playing with braces on their fingers…

    Until the swelling goes down, I can’t do much of anything with that hand anyway.

  • 8 Mom // Jan 22, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Remember that there can be bruises to the head, too, which can make you unconscious of your needs and desires. Your finger can be just a warning.

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