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Mendy Smith

Oh Dear, Thank Goodness

October 3, 2012 at 1:50 AM

Sunday, after a very productive day of practice, I had a very unfortunate accident. I got my ring finger of my right hand squashed in my garage door. It hurt like all creation, but I managed to get it free and drove myself down to the local urgent care clinic.

The only thought going through my mind was "Thank Goodness it is my right hand". At least I can bow with a disabled fingertip...

Four stitches, a broken (not compound) finger tip and a splint later, all I'm thinking about how soon I can get back to playing. I know... take all the time I need and heal. But (there always is one), I'm playing for my sister's wedding in 4 weeks.

I go to see the hand orthopedist tomorrow morning. I promise to take his advice.

From Laurie Niles
Posted on October 3, 2012 at 4:41 AM
Oh no! Wishing you a speedy and full recovery!
From Karen Allendoerfer
Posted on October 3, 2012 at 9:21 AM
Oh Mendy, yikes! I hope it heals quickly and perfectly!

From Patrick Tinney
Posted on October 3, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Hope all goes well with the finger.

You are lucky to have gotten loose.

Several years ago I went to throw out the garbage and heard a pitiful "help".

The young lady next door was taking care of the neighbor across the street's garbage and had somehow become caught her finger in the garage door in such a way that she was on her tip toes. Not to baddly smashed but still a scary time for her being late evening.

Do take care of yourself.

From Paul Deck
Posted on October 3, 2012 at 5:35 PM
Wow that's awful, I hope it heals well for you.
From marjory lange
Posted on October 3, 2012 at 8:38 PM
Hope you heal well, and be a patient patient!
From Elinor Estepa
Posted on October 3, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Oh, Mendy, I hope you heal faster and get well soon!
Sending all the positive vibes to you.


From Anne-Marie Proulx
Posted on October 3, 2012 at 11:15 PM
OMG, I feel for you that must be absoluntly terrible. But, since it's your right hand, lets hope that it will be find for bowing when fully recovered. (It should, no?)

I wish you the very very best and good luck!

From Randy Walton
Posted on October 3, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Sorry about your accident Mendy:( I hurt the same finger about 30 years ago when a 4 cylinder diesel head I was working on fell on it. Only fell about 2 inches but it hurt like what you said. Nothing broken, I think because I didn't see a doctor, but the nail was blown off.
I was still able to play but I held that finger off the bow so I totally sympathize with you. Good luck! and get well quick!
From Emily Grossman
Posted on October 4, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Ooh, ow! I hope that heals up quick, and do take care of yourself, Mendy! :)
From Mendy Smith
Posted on October 4, 2012 at 1:41 AM
Thank you everyone. I saw the specialist today and there is no nerve or ligament damage. The stitches come out in 2 weeks and he expects the bone to heal in 3. And..... I was given permission to play - gently.

Lessons today were interesting. Never realized how little I used my pinky until I was several inches up from the frog.

From George Mitrou
Posted on October 4, 2012 at 2:49 PM
Glad the results came fine!! That really must have been terrible!!!

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