Pointy Finger Index

Typing isn't very easy when you have a well-bandaged finger in the air... so I'll keep this to some dot points and pictures [sorry for the repeat, Al]... [pictures might be a bit much for some folks to handle]

- Sat morning -
- 730-1600 shift -
Shower Resident 1.
Encourage Resident 2 to shower before breakfast.
A2 Residents in Dining Room for Breakfast.
Prepare Resident 3's coffee.
[[NOTE-the whole time I've worked at this facility, we've done the same routine: heat any main meals in the microwave before serving & heat drinks made with boiled water in the microwave. Resident 3 doesn't eat and drink them hugely fast, but I think the idea is she enjoys consuming the whole contents at a relatively warm tempetature.]]
Look in door-window of microwave - coffee is not boiling, foaming, frothing or looking overly agiatated.
Microwave beeps.
Take cup of extra-hot coffee out of microwave and place spoon in cup.
Eruption of contents over hand/s... owie owie ow...
Immediately put hands under cool water...

10minutes later EN [enrolled nurse], who was present at the time of accident, assesses hands, notes the affected areas, [thumb, pointer & middle finger from RIGHT hand worst affected, ring and pinky finger from LEFT], gets flaximide [? - burns cream] and covers both hands in cream.
Tells me to let it absorb for a while.
Wait with creamed hands looking at the work left to do in the kitchenette [I was early at this point].
Decide to put gloves on and using cold water finish dishes and kitchen cleaning.
This feels pretty good -- being in the cold water.
Go to Resident 3 who is now ready for a shower.
Showering with warm water = pain agony!!
Attempt to be as quick as possible.
Fail - resident chooses to rethink each item of clothing - of course.
Hands feeling not good.
Have a couple of sneaky peaks at right fingers, they look ok and still well creamed.
Finish Resident 3.
Right hand feeling less comfortable.
Take gloves off - right pointer has a small blister.
Decide to show the EN [about 40 minutes after accident].
EN calls the Boss, decide I should visit the doctors.
EN wraps pointer finger and re-creams other fingers.
Drive off with big bandaged finger in the air.

Doctor notes well done bandage by EN and approves of cream and bandages used.
Says he does not need to see under bandages.
Gives me a list of things to get from Chemist and says for me to come back Wednesday.
Do errands, go home and have lunch.
Fingers don't feel bad.
Pointer finger doesn't feel like anything,

Mid Afternoon - Saturday.
Notice my bandage keeps slipping off.
Decide a bit of air might help before re-creaming fingers.
Upon removal of bandage, this is the sight that I'm greeted by:

That's so attractive.
Continue to apply cream, paraffin strips, gauze and wrap in a dressing.
Saturday night my finger looks a bit more like this:

That is even more attractive.
Dubbed "Pregnant Finger", the blister is entering the end of the first trimester.
Must be a girl blister...
Weight [blister width] on the sides and long [creeping towards knuckles].
Photo's get quite the uproar of "POP IT!!!" from Facebook by my friends and their "qualified medical advice" - haha.
Pointer finger still doesn't feel like anything really.
Re-cream and strap all burnt fingers and head to bed.

- Sunday -
Was surprised blister survived the night.
Merry Christmas fabulousness-es...
All burnt finger bandages survive minus pinky finger bandage.
Felt this was a good achievement.
Attempt a shower - relatively successful.
Late afternoon, Pregnant Pointer looks like this:

Dead sexy.
As you can see - blister continues to grow.
Let it air, re-cream and strap and head out.
Slight ache in 2nd proximal knuckle...
[if counting from the tip, its the 2nd knuckle down].
Pop a couple of pain killers and head to bed.

- Monday -
Pregnant Pointer survives night #2 - amazed.
Keep finger unwrapped for morning.
Still growing.
Not hot to touch or any particular painful areas.
Took Pregnant Pointer to the cinema to see Tintin.
We both enjoyed it.
Finger starts to ache more when out for tea at classy McDonalds.
Check finger's progress:

You're major impressed right?
Me too...
I think we've reached full term.

And I think I might see if my doctor can see me tomorrow instead of Wednesday.
I don't really want to have to wait till I can say "I think Pointer's waters have broken!"...

Prayer would not go astray, my friends...

Chordae Tendineae... Heart Strings

I am constantly finding things that make my heart jump into my throat - like my is saying "Here's a little sneak peak of where you want to be" -- like God has put them in my path...

The two bigger things so far involve a book and a television show...

I have been reading this book for a while now, which is weird because when I'm totally involved and in-love with a book I usually don't put them down - but as I continue to read through this awesome book, I get such a bigger longing to be a trained midwife and to serve the Lord somewhere, Australia or overseas. It also makes me impatient to be already studying midwifery, and so perhaps dragging out reading this book is helping to delay that urgency... because in reality, I'm within a year of becoming a nurse. Shazzam!!!

The and the TV series featured on SBS called "Toughest Place to be a...", and Episode three focuses on a Midwife and her journey from working in well provided, relaxed and comfortable UK to stretched resources, overfilled and stressed Liberia. Oh my... *tear*

And thats just a little blurt about a part of my day to --- whomever reads this