Writing is like being able to put life into a snow globe. It takes the things that are too big and scary and reduces them into a form that I can put away when I want and look at from a distance. It also takes all that’s good in life and captures it into something I can take out when I want and look at close up and keep forever. It makes the bad things into something I can hold…and the good things into something I can hold onto. Both help so much that I need that little souvenir of life.

Monday, April 19, 2010

A Real Pain in the Toe

Another good thing about blindness is that I can't see my daughter's wounded toe so much unless she waves it under my face. Last week in a theatre incident involving a set piece, her toenail was broken clean off. Only it wasn’t so clean. The nurse wasn’t on duty since it was an after school activity, so her friend had wrapped the bloody mess in something that looked like tissues and tape. And then she had hobbled around like that for several hours. Urk…eww…. 

And all this just as I was settling down to watch “The Office.”  I am not at all good with wounds, either, but thank heavens for those urgent care places. Has anyone out there lost a nail—ALL of it—and can give her some words of encouragement? She read on the internet that it won’t grow back right. And they told her it would be at least six months.

I’ve had sympathetic toe pain all week. It’s going to be a long six months.

“Despair seems to afflict only those whose relation to life is a serious and potentially responsible one.”  From “Mockingbird Years” by Emily Fox Gordon


  1. It will grow back. I dropped a 200 lb roll of paper on my toe. I hobbled a long while, but my toe nail grew back flatter than normal. No joke. Get better soon. Bill's granddaughter, 10 broke her nose at school and had surgery today.

  2. Oooohhhh, poor baby! Well, actually "babies"! I feel sorry for both of you! I am NOT good with wounds either....it may have caused this poor mom to truly faint...for the 2nd time in her life! LOL

  3. Oh my! I'm wincing just reading about ripped off nails and broken noses. Ouch!

  4. Ouch! It hurts just reading about it. Hope she heals fast.

  5. Oh my gosh...I'm so sorry about Bill's granddaughter! Sending all that sympathy and good wishes right back!!! It bothers me that I only got two of these messages, but I haven't been getting a bunch of emails lately.... Anyway, thanks to all of you. I'll pass along the hope that it will be normal someday. Flatter is just dandy!


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