I’ve been in Memphis for two weeks now finishing my last rotation at UT. It is a strange but odd feeling. One might expect it to generally be filled with joy and excitement but in my case it is somewhat anti-climatic. Similar to a made field-goal in football. Filled with relief and satisfaction after a long and tense expectation of failure.
So, I’ve only two weeks left. What am I doing with myself. I will be studying radiology next week and then palliative care the following week. I’ve settled on a specialty – Emergency Medicine. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to those who have been following my blog for the past year. After immersing myself in wilderness medicine and then finishing up an Emergency Medicine rotation two weeks ago I finally figured out that it fits me – or I fit it. Either way, I had a blast in the Emergency Department and learned a bunch. It fits best in my future career plans and allows for the greatest flexibility.
So, how is the finger? It is great. Today is exactly 1 and 1/2 months after the accident. I really think healing has been greatly accelerated by a new product I’ve been taking that help reduce inflammation and overall health. It is distributed by a company called Max International. I started taking it about 2 weeks before the accident and then after thought – well, I’ll learn a lot about it. It is a glutathione supplement and after taking it and seeing the results – my anecdotal evidence matches their scientific findings (warning it is a pdf).
So, only ten days after the accident, I had up to 50% mobility and by 14 days I was up to 75%. As soon as I removed the bandage I was able to type and at 14 days I was able to play the piano and do most everything including pull-ups. Only thing I haven’t tried is guitar again. Because of the scar tissue I cannot flex much beyond 80% but I’m continuing to work at it. I’ve included pictures chronicling the healing of my precious pinky and then some of the last few weeks.