oday we have a guest post from David, Claudia’s husband, due to the fact that Claudia is unable to type. Yesterday was quite an adventure, and Claudia even learned a new word “incorrigible”. Oh, and the photos that Claudia insists on posting are not for the faint-hearted.

We wanted to clean out our garage, and set up a new rack for firewood. We had made good progress all morning and were setting up the rack – basically a couple of metal hoops resting on a couple of pressure treated two by fours. I was working on one end of the rack when I heard a yell. Apparent one of the hoops had gotten stuck, Claudia was trying to force it; slipped, and got a “little splinter”.

David: “Dear, are you ok? What happened?”

Claudia: “Ouch! I got a splinter.”

David: “Let me have a look”

Claudia: “Its funny, the splinter is sticking out one side, but its bleeding on the other side (of her finger)” (The “little splinter” was actually larger than a wooden matchstick)

David: “That’s because its gone all the way through! We have to get you to a Dr. now!”

Claudia: “Really? Can’t we just pull it out or something?”

David: “You have a piece of pressure treated lumber sticking through your finger, we are going to the Dr.”

I of course had no idea where the nearest Dr./Hospital/etc was, so I had to call around to see what was open. Claudia was much calmer than I was at this time. I finally got directions, and off we went. During the drive:

Claudia: “Oh, hey, I’ve got to take a picture of my finger.”

David: “What?”

Claudia: “Oh, yes, it will be a funny picture with this stick coming out of my finger”

David: “You are incorrigible!”

So we went to the hospital, and I had no idea where to go. Since it wasn’t a life-threatening injury, we didn’t go to the ER, but went to the front desk.

Receptionist: “How may I help you?”

Claudia (shows her finger) “I need somebody to take this thing out of my finger.”

Receptionist: “Oh my god! Go to the ER! It’s at the other end of the hospital.” The receptionist was shocked – apparently anyone with an injury always went to the ER.

So, we went to the ER, checked in, got her vitals taken, the Dr came by and took a look, sent her to have an x-ray to make sure that the wood didn’t damage the bone on the way through, and then prepped her for surgery. The “hand specialist” happened to be there that day (we didn’t know there was such a thing), and he decided to take over the surgery to ensure there was no damage to the tendon. While we are waiting:

Claudia: “Man, all this fuss over a little splinter. I feel bad. I feel like a big faker.”

David: “You are incorrigible!”

So, the hand Dr. came back, cut the piece of wood out of her finger (after a local anesthetic) and gave her several stitches.

Claudia: “Oh, we need more photos, can you give me the camera?”

David: “You are incorrigible!”

Anyway, that’s pretty much how the afternoon went.  Oh, except for one more interesting conversation conversation with the initial Dr.

Dr. “Does this hurt?”

Claudia: “Just a little”

Dr.: (poking her finger with a needle) “How about this?”

Claudia:”Yeah, maybe a little more”

Dr.: “You are one tough lady”

David: “You don’t know the half of it.”

p.s. Claudia is now officially on drugs. Antibiotics + painkillers 😉

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self portrait, Claudia Willison, ImagesByCW

Claudia is founder, owner and soul of ImagesByCW Photography. Born in Germany, traveled though Europe and Australia, she currently lives with her American husband in New Jersey, USA. She blogs about what she loves: Photography, art, internet and computers in general, as well as cooking and windsurfing. When not working she enjoys reading, music, windsurfing and listening to the sound of waves and the wind, preferably together with her husband.

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