I was rushing to teach a Create and Innovate family class in which we where painting pumpkins and creating "inchie collages." I needed to cut poster board and it wouldn't fit in my trimmer, so I used my T-square and Exacto knife. I was cutting through multiple sheets, so I put in a new blade. I miscalculated my finger positioning in my haste and sliced off the front of my left index finger; the pad. The cut removed almost all of the meat (for lack of a better word), bled like you would not believe and hurt like a 4 alarm fire. There are sooooooooo many nerve endings on the pad and every last one was screaming its head off!
Fast forward 7 weeks, and I am still unable to use my left hand for a majority of tasks. I can't dig in my purse for keys, use my left hand to rub in shampoo, put my hair in french braids, button tight jeans, seal a zip lock bag, etc, etc.
I have adjusted to getting things done without touching the pad area and am more patient with myself. It is what it is and I'm told it will take 6 months before it doesn't scream when I hit it. My finger print is gone so if I want to start doing 1 finger theft, I could do OK. I'll always have a deformed looking finger profile- I can live with that. My biggest boo hoo is that I won't ever get feeling back in that area and the index finger is a major instrument for experiencing touch. That sucks. But, when using a glue gun it could be an advantageous.
So that is my story. I hate that I left my blog unattended. I always find it frustrating when I follow a blog and then they stop posting. I really don't mean to be flakey- I just found myself bogged down with a bunch of excuses.
- Everything takes me so much longer to do so I find myself with very little free time - folding clothes, doing dishes, making lunches, sweeping the floor...even now these tasks are a challenge and take forever.
-Typing is difficult -right now I am pecking and my brain is moving much faster then my hands.
-I have been a little depressed and overwhelmed - my inner dialogue has been very negative and frustrated.
Valid as these reasons are, I don't feel good about disappearing as I did and want to apologize to my readers and Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog.
On a more positive note... I did continue to work during this time. I had a commitment to teach 4 classes a month and I needed the moo-la so I took care of business. I had a lot of help! I created a couple of fun projects. Below are photos of the haunted house I taught in October.
I also have pics of the kids making their houses. They turned out AWESOME!! I'll post more photos this week now that I'm back in the saddle. I look forward to reconnecting with you and look forward to crafting together!