Richard Wright

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The Ugly Finger

January 2, 2008 by Richard Wright in Journal, Life

I have an ugly finger.

This isn’t a confessional, by the way. I haven’t lived a life of secret shame, cursed by the ugly finger. It is only recently ugly. Yesterday morning, while engaging in the frying of a new year breakfast, a splash of burning fat landed on my left forefinger. It was sitting there a few seconds before I got it off, and the burn therefore went quite deep. By evening, the finger had swollen, and I assumed that it had blistered without said blister breaking the surface of the skin.

This morning, there was a streak of red and pain up my arm in a line to my elbow. A quick call to the NHS, and it seems I have a nasty, spreading infection under the surface, originating from my now pus-filled forefinger. Antibiotics and painkillers beckon. Happy New Year indeed.

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  1. LorrieJanuary 2, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    And one would’ve thought that all of the alcohol sloshing around inside of you would have destroyed any potential infection, hmmmmmm.

  2. Richard WrightJanuary 2, 2008 at 10:37 pmAuthor

    I’m viewing it as a sign from God that I’m not drinking enough.

  3. LorrieJanuary 3, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    He is very wise, you might want to listen.

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