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Not a terribly happy day today…

I had the hand surgery I mentioned several posts ago and I am now in just a bit of  pain. Naturally, I missed today’s part of my National Criminal Law Conference here in Ottawa and I rather suspect I may not be up for it tomorrow either. I really also have to apologize to all the people whose comments have gone unanswered in the past few days. The conference, excursions around the city, and now my hand issues are keeping me a little tied up… it is a bit of a chore just typing this, I must say.

Anyway, I was given a prescription for ‘Hydromorphone’, which is a morphine derivative that is actually about 6 times stronger than the actual morphine (or so I read at Wikipedia). I have also opened a ‘Tusker’ Beer from Kenya (as appears in the picture above my now missing digit). You are not supposed to consume alcohol with this medication really, but thus far, the can has lasted about an hour and is still half full and so I don’t think I am in any danger. The drug doesn’t totally kill the pain exactly, rather it just makes me feel a lot ‘happier’ about it 🙂

What with the conference and everything, I haven’t had the chance to review as many restaurants as I would normally, but I have written up a few places so  far and have also sampled some interesting dishes that will feature in ‘Notable Nosh’ posts in due course.  Stay tuned… I will be ‘back in the saddle again’ very shortly.

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  1. I can’t believe they did that under just a local. Yikes!

    July 10, 2013
    • Not fun … not even happy pills. Took an hour and I did two big squirts of blood… I couldn’t actually watch it tho

      July 10, 2013
    • Omg. They just used a local?!

      So sorry to be getting to this so late, John! Is the bandage still on?

      July 15, 2013
      • No … I just had the dressing for two days. My finger is still swollen and looks really bulbous. Looks kinda like the aftermath of a circumcision more than a finger 🙂

        July 15, 2013
      • Oh dear! Hopefully the swelling has gone down.

        I will refrain from any David, Old Testament, Philistine jokes 🙂

        July 18, 2013
      • I just hope my wife doesn’t take to calling me ‘stumpy’ in public. People might get entirely the wrong idea 🙂

        July 18, 2013
      • Aww!

        July 18, 2013
      • I’m sure she will refrain and your reputation will go untarnished 🙂

        July 18, 2013
  2. Oh no! Please, no finger sandwiches! (okay, sorry but I did finish my whole glass of wine)

    Feel better soon, do you have ice?

    July 10, 2013
    • OMG … that’s AWFUL (I am surprised I didn’t think of that myself) 🙂

      July 10, 2013
  3. Wow, great image. I hope the digital block was working as they removed the finger. I’m assuming the finger was not any help for work or cooking.
    I hope you become pain free soon and start to enjoy the end of the meeting.

    July 10, 2013
    • The block seemd to be working at the first incision… clearly not 100% for the second on the opposite side. They gave me another injection and it went fine after that.

      July 10, 2013
  4. so sorry – hope you are feeling better soon – look forward to your reviews

    July 10, 2013
  5. Hi John, I am so sorry to hear about your hand surgery. I missed reading and writing blogs these days as I have been busy. I wish you speedy recovery . Take care!

    July 10, 2013
    • Thank you very much …. I am sure I’ll be fine in short order1

      July 10, 2013
  6. Dawna Bilko #

    The way I see it, pal, if it helps to ease the pain … you do whatcha gotta do. Take it easy for a while, John. The reviews can wait. Right now, it’s far important that you just feel better.

    July 10, 2013
    • You should be here Dawna … half the Nunavut bar is here!

      July 10, 2013
  7. I was afraid to ask how this went, but it seems like you survived just fine!

    July 10, 2013
    • Not something I’d care to do every day, ofcourse, but it could have been worse 🙂

      July 10, 2013
  8. Ouch, hope you feel better soon!

    July 10, 2013
  9. I think I feel faint! Just thinking about your doing this without general anesthesia…boy, am I a wimp! Do feel better and heal soon. This can’t have been easy, even with good drugs!

    July 11, 2013
  10. I had similar hand surgery about 30 years ago. Didn’t take the drugs and healed very fast. At the time, I taught cooking classes and contemplated telling the students “This is why you have to be careful with the vegetable knife!” (But I could never bring myself to say it. Too cruel) Get well fast and do your hand exercises – they really make a difference.

    July 11, 2013
    • I changed the dressing today and things look good. Haven’t needed pain meds since about 1pm today… They had to go through a bone rather than clean through a joint so it was a bit tender for the first day and part of today.

      July 11, 2013
    • In middle school, I actually did have an industrial arts teacher who had lost a few digits after accidents in the shop. After each safety talk, he would wiggle his remaining digits at us and say, “Seven fingers is ALL YOU NEED!”


      July 15, 2013
  11. Ouch. I hope you feel better soon.

    July 11, 2013
  12. Goodness. Take care.

    July 11, 2013
  13. Whoa!! Sorry that was the best option available. My left pinkie has given me fits for years, decades actually, and the options have been fusion or leave it alone until something really must be done. I have always opted for leave it alone until you have to do something. I hope you start feeling better and appreciated the comments about the hydromorphone making you feel a lot ‘happier’ about the pain. Wishing you a rapid and successful recovery.

    July 11, 2013
    • Thank you… much better already even after 24 hours. I was at the point where I couldn’t wear a glove because of my finger… something *had* to be done.

      July 11, 2013
  14. Feel better soon. When you are all healed, you should try some kind of ring prosthesis there in absence of said ring finger. 🙂 Just kidding — at least, it’s not your middle finger. You wouldn’t be able to flip me off for making such a horrible comment.

    July 11, 2013
    • Actually… I have all sort of ideas for stump accessories. I am thinking a little pirate style hook, or a little flag for Canada day 🙂

      July 11, 2013
      • OOOOH—you could have seasonal flags for every holiday! I see some potential here. hahaha

        July 12, 2013
  15. Ouch!!!

    July 12, 2013
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