Crafting is best performed with 2 working hands and 10 working fingers. Extreme frustration can arise if one is temporarily impaired – like me, damn it!
It started with an avocado tempting me with its delicious, smooth, creamy flesh – just ripe to perfection. Sliced in half with my newly sharpened knife, also currently my favorite one being a short, sharp paring one. Taking the half still bearing the stone in hand, I thought momentarily perhaps I should remove it using the long knife cutting across the stone. No, I’ll just stab it with this paring one. As blood poured from the base of my middle finger due to the deep gash I’d inflicted when the knife slid off the stone and into my hand, I indeed regretted my paring knife decision.
It doesn’t rain much around Kalgoorlie, and we’d camped on the red dirt over 100km from it. However when a stressed husband is navigating slippery, boggey dirt roads at speed to get his self lacerated wife to the Emergency Dept in record time it can be quietly thrilling.
As this is the first time I’ve been to hospital since being born – I thought the whole outpatient episode quite interesting. From waiting in the Emergency department seeing all manner of people from all walks of life, in all states of dress (or undress) to the quietly assertive proficient staff dealing with the patchwork of disabilities. As I’d managed to sever a nerve in my hand, I had to fly to Perth the next morning for specialist plastic surgery repair. At this point I also considered if the surgeon might do a little extra surgery face lift-wise at the same time, but thought it may be a bit too much to ask for the public hospital system to accommodate this aspect.
Perth’s Fiona Stanley hospital is absolutely enormous, and for a first time hospital goer an absolute wonder. There was a large mall – type coffee and eating strip, as well as cafes dotted in different positions around the huge campus. Volunteers were there to assist the clueless and provide directions on where to go and how to get there. I now understand time is a very flexible commodity in hospitals. If you ask how long something will take – don’t, as you are setting yourself up for disappointment. Try to relax and go with the flow as changing schedules are an hour to hour/minute to minute inevitability. Trust me on this.
Unfortunately I couldn’t quickly be fixed at this enormous hospital, so had to make my way to Fremantle Hospital via public transport. Perth use a MYKI system, which seems much further advanced than the Melbourne one. I happily rode the bus down to Fremantle, booked into a pub which I think had not long opened after Australia’s discovery, for overnight accommodation. Pub food was FABULOUS.
Next morning I made my way the short distance to the hospital. The English surgeon said my injury was a very common one and had actually presented on this injury type to her London peers. She noted that Londoners received this laceration with avocado stones whilst those patients up on the Scottish border received the same injury whilst prying apart frozen burger patties. I thought this an interesting commentary on the social divide of identical hand gashes!
My nerves has now been microsurgery-ed back together, with full feeling to return in 12 to 24 months (!!!)
I’m still working on what craft I can do one handed other than sketch. So if anyone has any suggestions I would be REALLY, REALLY happy of hear from you!!
Note: plastic surgeon recommends removing avocado stones with a spoon.
With healthy wishes to all,