Posts Tagged hand injury

Just Visiting an Injury

On December 17, 2015 I went in for third operation on my hand. For seven years I had a stitch poking into my skin from inside my thumb knuckle. Every time I bumped or brushed my thumb it was like getting poked with a toothpick, or maybe more like a fork. The stitches required at […]

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I missed my Anniversary!

Well, it finally happened. November 22 was my anniversary and I forgot to celebrate it. The day came and went and I didn’t even realize until nearly a week had passed. Whether you believe it or not, it was a good thing. Most of you are likely thinking I was in the doghouse on this […]

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Seven Finger Typist

One of the things I attempt to convey during my safety talks is that an injury impacts you in many ways. It isn’t just the injuries where your life is in peril that impact you, but surprisingly an injury doesn’t need to be all that significant to change the way we function. After my injury […]

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My Favourite Nurse

Last fall I had the opportunity to speak for Sun Country Health Region in Weyburn at their Patient Safety Conference. Before I spoke I was able to listen to the harrowing story of an electrocution survivor. There were multiple times through his presentation that he talked about his “favourite nurse”. I made a mental note […]

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Perspective from Christmas Cards

I’ve talked about perspective in the past, because I believe it is absolutely vital to gain perspective when you’re enduring a hardship. My injury occurred near the end of November. It’s around the time you start to receive Christmas cards. The Christmas of 2008 produced a record number of cards because I had many people […]

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The Little Details

One of the things an injury can do is cause you to look at the minor little details that you may not have taken time to notice in the past. With a hand injury one of these little details is the fingerprint. I still find it amazing that our fingerprints have such uniquely identifiable characteristics. […]

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Rate Your Pain

Someone once told me there is no limit to pain, just when you think you’ve experienced as much as you can endure more pain can be added. I actually don’t hold this to be true because I believe your brain begins to outsmart the pain by numbing the senses, but I can attest that pain […]

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Young Workers

Think back to your first months on a new job. Did your desire to please your boss or to show your competence exceed your ability? Were you adequately trained to take on the tasks that you were required to do? Often young workers feel pressure to perform in roles that are unfamiliar and as a […]

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Time to Spring Forward?

This story is part 2 of my Daylight Savings Time Series … Spring Forward; Fall Back Saskatchewan is a province that doesn’t observe Daylight Savings Time and our safety statistics indicate we often don’t observe safety hazards. In the past I have stated that “Being safe isn’t about living with a complete lack of risk, […]

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Time passes; wounds mend

On November 22, 2011 it was 3 years since my injury. At first I measured distance from my injury in hours, then days and now finally years. I suppose it’s long enough to forget certain aspects, but short enough to remember the impact. Time heals wounds, but often it’s the scars that remind us of […]

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