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Matts (1087)

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I work for MessageLabs [] in Toronto, ON, Canada. I write spam filters, MTA software, high performance network software, string matching algorithms, and other cool stuff mostly in Perl and C.

Journal of Matts (1087)

Monday May 24, 2004
08:57 AM

Chop chop chop chop OUCH

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For my wife's birthday on Sunday I was cooking her favourite meal (Jamie Oliver's North African Lamb dish). Chopping up the parsley I slipped with the knife and chopped off the top corner of my finger.

It's just flesh, so it'll grow back. And it wasn't really that painful - the worst part has been the nausea of thinking about it. So I figured I'd let everyone ELSE think about it too :-)

Typing is very hard though. It's my index finger, and it's very heavily bandaged, and bandages and a laptop keyboard don't go too well together.

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  • I'm that way, too - thinking about it's the worst part. When I was little, I was playing basketball barefoot at my aunt's, and I felt like I had gum sticking to the ball of my foot. I left it there for a while, but eventually looked at it, and apparently I'd sliced the skin on a rock and a flap of skin was hanging there. After that, I started to become nauseous, even though it wasn't bleeding or anything, just from the thought of it.
  • I did something obscenely stupid several years ago and ended up with a cut that went across my left index, ring, and pinky fingertips. I was ripped and horrified simultaneously -- that's one of my typing hands! I refused stitches -- I couldn't imagine the scarring that would result from that -- and bandaged them as tightly as possible. My index finger's scar is obvious, and points to the faint scar on my ring finger, which points to the extremely faint scar on my pinky. (Just as you'd expect, the depth

    You are what you think.
  • It might be worth taking a couple of days off until you can type normally if you find yourself adjusting your hands to keep your index finger extended in an akward way. I've had a (less bad) similar cut, and it was a pretty quick recipe for sore wrists/hands for me.

    Sorry to butt my head in, but I could have used a similar reminder in the past (and given my thick-headed nature, will probably need one in the future {grin}).

    -- Douglas Hunter
  • Whilst working at a part-time warehouse job out in CA while going to school for guitar at Musician's Institute, I sustained an injury to my thumb. Without going into the gory details, basically I'm missing half the first joint on my right hand thumb, which thoroughly changed my hand position for fingerstyle guitar.

    The doc managed to save the cuticle and my nail grew back, sorta ok. well enough for picking anyway. But that's not the point. There's actually two points.

    First off, one of my buds from out at t