Mommy’s Splint Feels Good on My Back

Yesterday at lunch after cutting up an apple, Mommy let out a yelp.

“What,” Daddy asked concerned.

“I don’t know,” whimpered Mommy. “There’s a pain shooting down my thumb. I can’t move it. It feels like hundreds of needles pricking me.”

Ten Advils later, Daddy and I drove Mommy to Urgent Care in Taos this morning. Within an hour Mommy and Daddy, impressed by the professionalism of the Taos Urgent Care center, got into the car. Mommy holding her hand up as if waving, splint@lunchand with a referral to Dr. Chun, a hand specialist in Santa Fe.

Prognosis: Seems the nurse practitioner (NP) exclaimed, “I’m concerned,” when she came back into the room Mommy and Daddy were waiting in after reviewing the X-rays. On the referral she wrote sprain, but in front of the computer screen she pointed out to Mommy and Daddy what looked like a floating bone next to the joint and collateral ligaments. And NP told them a funny story about how in olden times people got a similar injury from snapping the heads of rabbits with their thumbs. I’d love to do that to the bunnies in the pasture here at Thistlewood Ranch where we live near Angel Fire, but I don’t have opposing thumbs.

hand diagramMommy reported that NP said, “It’s called Game Keepers Thumb. And you can’t see it (Incase you don’t know, X-rays don’t show ligaments), but I think maybe the ligament pulled a bit of bone away. Maybe a cause for alarm, perhaps surgery, sometimes people never get their strength back with this kind of injury. What do you do for a profession,” she asked Mommy?”

“Writer,” Mommy told the NP. “Ohhhh,” NP said. Even with this bleak prognosis, I could tell Mommy thought the NP was competent, which is something for Mommy. She’s picky about practitioners. Then Mommy said the NP sighed deeply when NP asked if Mommy writes longhand. I know Mommy’s flummoxed cuz she saw famous author, Natalie Goldberg at a SOMOs literary event at The Harwood a week ago. Natalie wrote Writing Down the Bones, a book about writing at least three pages long hand daily as writing calisthenics. Mommy started doing that again after she saw Natalie, along with meditating after she wrote. Mommy’s been crabby of late, and I’d noticed a shift in her, how her renewed writing practice (she used to do this way back when before I was born.) was bringing back a twinkle to her eyes.

me dictataing to mommyI’m sure Mommy is wondering how a bum thumb fits into her already delayed by life circumstances (Mommy’s Daddy’s untimely death in May, and the great purge of his house that followed.) writing plan? Mommy’s writing goal for the year was to rewrite the draft of her memoir, but that is laying in a heap on the bench in her office. I feel bad for Mommy, although Mommy always finds a way to rise to the occasion. Case in point: I ‘m dictating this Avy Tale to her, slowly I might add, while she hunts and pecks out the letters on her key board. I must admit while I’m sad for Mommy, I’m glad for me. That splint sure feels good when Mommy rubs it up and down my fur-coated backside. Arf,


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11 Responses to Mommy’s Splint Feels Good on My Back

  1. I have game keeper’s thumb. I wear a wrist brace from time to time. Carpal tunnel seems to aggravate it. When first discovered I wore a thumb/wrist brace for several weeks then just at night. Something about balling up your hands when sleeping. You can very rapidly get used to typing thumb letters in the key board with the thumb on your opposite hand.

    When I almost totally severed the little finger on my right hand I typed totally with my left hand through eight weeks of pins and cast. We are adaptive creatures. btw the little finger was why I paint. Painted with my left hand and now use both.

  2. Jen Jackson says:

    Wow…did you have any warning at ALL?! So sorry…

    • Nope! Well maybe. Texting was causing a lot of pain at times. ;>) But doc said texting didn’t cause it. If I wanted something to blame it on, then blame it on Mom. arthritis I have in thumb is passed down maternally. Go Mom!

  3. monica hayes says:

    Oh Avy!
    See how bad fruit is for you?
    Talk to mommy’s paw and it will heal better. So SORRY to hear this about Avy’s mommy!
    Hang in there!

    • Mommy is chucking over the fruit comments. She was eating an apple because she hates veggies. Arf. Arf. While very stiff, perhaps still injured, Mommy’s thumb is out of the splint. No more splint pets for me.

  4. Krista Jacob says:

    So sorry, Ana! Another well written piece by you and your muse. I especially love the ending. 🙂

  5. Oh no! Poor Avy having to put up with an injured caretaker 🙂 Hope all is right as rain soon!!

    • Hi Suzanne!
      Mommy’s wearing a splint for the next month, causing her to hunt and peck as she types for me. Doctor told her she has Arthritis chipping away at some bone that connects the thumb to the hand. Mommy’s not happy. Surgery down the road for Mommy. Supposedly only long-term cure. Arf. Arf. I’m doing my best to keep her calm.
      Thanks for checking in.

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