DAY 85

This is Haldan's finger. He tried to cut it off while cutting a board for the shed. I was on the way home from the caves and I called him to check in and he said, "Can I call ya back in a minute?" I thought it was weird, but I didn't think much of it. When he called back about 45 minutes later he said he was just getting stitches. Then I started freaking out. The story goes something like this... Haldan was trying to cut some wood and somehow the saw got stuck and the wood actually cut through his fingernail to his finger beneath. (I'm still unclear of exactly how that happened.) He went inside to try to wash it off and that's when he realized it was definitely going to need stitches. While he was driving to the ER he must have been in shock because he said he felt like he was either going to pass out or throw up. He did actually make it without crashing and was relieved to find valet parking. They gave him a shot of novocaine directly under his nail and he said that was excruciating, even though that wasn't his exact word. Haldan has tried to downplay this every step of the way. I think he said it hurt pretty bad and he felt like throwing up. He ended up with just two stitches (beneath the nail), but I wonder what will happen once the nail falls off.

Today I called to check in and he said his finger was swollen and looked infected. It was my recommendation that he go to the doctor to get oral antibiotics. He put some neosporin on it, but it wasn't cutting it. He actually agreed with me for a change and went in. He got some cephalexin (that should help prevent the spread of any skin infection) and the doctor suggested he continue the neosporin. I know it must be pretty bad because otherwise he would have never gone in.

It happened Tuesday, but this was the first chance I've had to actually see it. Haldan's friend at work, Mike, took this photo with his phone and was able to email it to me. I'm unable to blow it up, but I really appreciate the pic. Thanks Mike!

Any of you who might read this, could you do me a favor and check in with him. I've been pretty worried (that's how I am) and I'm not planning to be home until Sunday.
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  1. WHOA!! I'd be worried too!! I think I want to pass out or throw up just looking at the picture and hearing about how it happened!! I hope it heals and there isn't any infection!

  2. Yikes! That does look painful! Hope it heals soon!