The past week was eventful for me and my husband. Between my unwelcome pesky cold that saw me lethargic and feeling so sick, and my husband’s emergency visit to the doctor because of a swollen finger, I think we’ve had enough already.
Even if I was not that fine, I had to accompany my husband to the doctor. The good thing was, our Internist accommodated him even without prior appointment which saved us a trip to the nearest hospital’s Emergency Room. One thing’s for sure though, with the many hours of waiting, there was a point when I really got tired of looking at the identical mens medical uniforms that the staff were wearing. I can’t say the same for the women staff though. In fact, I liked what some of them were wearing, specifically those hot pink scrubs. I personally believe that clinic and hospital staff should be allowed to express their identity and personality by giving them the freehand to choose their own uniform style. Nowadays, there are a lot of online shops that offer a wide variety of medical uniform tops, as well as bottoms.
Going back to my husband’s condition, yes, he had an infection on his middle finger. He thought that it was swollen because two weeks prior, he accidentally jammed it on one of his drawers in his office. It turned out that it was not the culprit. A few days before he noticed the swelling, he manually pulled a hangnail. Instead of him getting the clipper or the cuticle trimmer, he just did it manually. Sure, he admitted that it didn’t feel right after that, but he already did it. He had to experience constant throbbing pain for a couple of days.
His diagnosis? Paronychia.
The size of his middle finger suddenly grew twice the normal size, and the infection had set in. Consequently, he is now on antibiotic and he will have to see the doctor for a follow-up this coming Monday. I’m just glad that he was able to book a very early morning appointment.
Moral of the story? Treat your fingers right. If you do what he did on a regular basis, bacteria can set in and this can cuase infection.