Back in May, I broke my left ring finger during a game of football. It happened just before my Summer Sessions at college started. At the time, I was thinking what I had done to deserve this. Now, coming to the end of this chapter of my life, I see some things that I've learned from the loss of this appendage.
One thing I learned is how important it is to be able to type fast and accurately one-handed. When summer is divided into two session with alot of typing assignments, you better learn fast how to type well one-handed!
I also learned that whatever I thought about broken bones in my youth was false. Having a cast full of signatures is never worth a broken bone. A finger in a splint is bad enough. An arm or a leg in a cast? I shudder to think!
The most important thing I've learned is how much this break summarized my character as a young adult. I've had to rely more on my family to help me with tasks I'd normally have to do myself, like preparing meals and washing my hair. I like to be useful. I hate having others do what I can do myself. I didn't see that till I lost part of my usefulness. I've needed to learn to accept help because I only got one hand, and I should accept help from other when offered, though at times I'd rather do the task myself.
Still can't wait to get this off though. I want to play rough with my siblings, clasp my hands in prayer, hold a sandwich properly, and the list goes on!
Well, only 4 more weeks to go. We hope.
[Edit: Sept 1st, 2012] Still in splint. Have appt Thursday. Let's hope it goes well.
[Edit: Sept 6th, 2012] SPLINT IS OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!