Friday, 2 February 2007

Clumsiness cannot be cured

I could attest to that; just had a freak accident on Wed.

Was going for a meeting. When I got out of RQ's car, I - me, myself - closed the door on my right thumb! My left hand was full but luckily LH was in front and helped me open the door.

Didn't scream cos there was little pain on impact but once it was free, my thumb was seriously throbbing! I held it for a while and took a look - oooh, bloody bruise! Nvm, could wash when we got up there.

But I started feeling faint as we walked to the lobby. I handed over my ID for visitor's pass and thought I needed to bow my head on the counter to let the blood get to my brain but the next thing I knew, I had a nightmare..

Can't remember it anymore but it was a nightmare alright; I was about to cry when I woke *.* Thought I was sleeping in a weird position cos I could see one shoe on my foot; the other shoe was loose..

I thought I would go back to bed and closed my eyes. But I heard LH saying my hands were cold. Then I opened my eyes and saw a security guard then LH.. That was when I realised I fainted..

When I became more conscious of my surroundings, I got up. Realised that RQ was holding my head. LH said he happened to behind me when I lost it. Heng ah! Else I might have become mf the Idiot.. Or worse..

LH stayed with me while RQ went for the meeting. My thumb was looking and feeling gross. She told me how she had such an accident with her car boot a while ago - she was stuck for a while before someone walked by to open the boot for her cos she caught it in a corner and couldn’t reach the lock with her other hand! She showed me her recovering nail and, ya, I’m going to have such a nail for a couple of months after this one dropped off and die. Died and dropped off..

We went up to a toilet to clean the thumb. It started to bleed slightly again through a small puncture and I started feeling faint again! Sat on the toilet floor - thank god it was clean! - and we thought should be anaemic that caused the fainting while not ruling out shock.

That was almost 7pm (late meeting) and people were leaving the building. Each of us met some friends and they were like "Fainted?!" :p By the time LH’s husband arrive, RQ was out of the meeting and sent us to the car. LH sent me to the clinic.

What nice bosses I have! :)) Sorry to have caused any trauma though..

CY waited for me at the clinic. Was supposed to meet her for dinner but cancelled cos of the meeting. In the end, we still met :p But guess what, the clinic wasn’t open on Wed nights! We walked to her doc, whom I was reluctant to see cos I remembered him to be fierce when I went to him as a kid.. But anyway, he was closed on Wed nights too!! Down that same corridor, we found her other doc, whom I recalled to have a big scary face (I was, like, five, and didn’t know I would grow up to have a bi face too!) but he was overseas! Wa liao, 生病还要选日子! I had never wanted to see doctor so much! We went all the way to the market and found a doctor, phew!

Doc, who didn’t look fierce and wasn’t fierce, checked that my nervous system was fine by making me follow his finger moving only my eyeballs and he pressed a bit on the thumb but couldn’t assess if anything was broken; apparently it might not hurt very much if the fracture was tiny. And my blood pressure was under 60/90. He firmly asked me to go to A&E =(

We took a cab to Alexander Hospital where Sito met us. Doc was right, this A&E was not crowded :) But still waited for a while cos I was labelled as a trolley case but I walked into X-ray room so the chaps didn't call for me; no trolley what!

But the wait was ok. CY was funny, said she was hungry and as I was suspecting, she asked me to share the sandwich from the vending machine that we were talking about just a minute ago!! So we shared a nice and cheesy mushroom sandwich :)

No broken bone, heart was fine (did an electrocardiogram) despite the shock (which was the likely cause for the blackout), so they bandaged my poor thumb to stabilise (?) it and sent me back with this amazing amount of painkillers that I didn't touch at all. It was - still is - painful but I was a lot more bothered by that gross feeling.

Trivial: They asked me to write my phone number at the registry and sign to say that I wasn't pregnant for the X-ray. I looked at my right thumb and was like, um.. And they went, "Oh you're right-handed ah?" as if they knew more people who were left-handed!

So glad for the two of them, 我是幸福的! :) Else I would have felt so miserable about that gross feeling and cried! =(

The next morning, I changed the dressing cos more blood drained out during the night. Couldn’t do any chores in the house, decided that I could at least type so I went to work.

Found that it was so inconvenient without my right thumb, e.g. brushing teeth (my left arm got sore), tying hair (finger cramp), washing face (wasted a lot of water), washing hair (my left arm almost died), wearing bra (had to hook in front and turned; didn’t even do that when I first started out!), fishing for coins in wallet (the zip and all), even eating (unsteady left hand for utensiles)!

Some gross pictures to share :p

My nice and big bandage..

My pink panther plaster underneath! (I referred to it as underwear and intern said I had issues *.*)

Jang jang!! It already looked better after the nurse cleaned it up..

Quite unlucky, me.. And guess what? This morning on the way to work, an insect fell on me and when I took it off, it pooped on my hair!! Washed a bit in the sink just now but I’m so going to wash my hair at a salon during lunch!!

PS: Siok just called and reminded me that I could ask for 10% discount for manicure! :p


  1. oh dear. i didn't expect a crushed thumb by a car door to be so serious. do be careful. Take care.


  2. Aiyoyo! Never seen anyone wif in such a hurry to slam car door! Fainted!!! Must've been the shock. Take care dear.


  3. omigod, what a traumatising experience! hope u are feeling better already :)


  4. I just kenna the same thing today. Got my thumb stuck in the fitting room door at Zara. Painful experience!

  5. oh dear, are u feeling better now? take care huh


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