Friday, December 30, 2011

What happened to that guy?



That's what I have said to my reflection more than a few times since September so I'm not surprised when little kids do a double take or just stare at me when I'm out. What continually surprises me is how quickly many kids just accept a 3 fingered man who is missing half of his other arm.

Sure, my niece and nephews have been great ever since invading their house; 9 yr old Jack even told me that my hand "didn't look that bad" over a month ago (of course he followed it up with "It didn't look like a hand for a long time"), but I'd chalked that up to coaching by my sister and brother-in-law.

But I've also had these experiences:

When my buddy Chris told his 2 year old to "hold uncle Johns hand" while we were walking through a restaurant, she reached up for my right hand, moved to my left, took a second glance at my fingers then took hold of my middle finger (I think she even shrugged like "whatever").

Yesterday I had a similar experience with little Nicolas. He and his parents were in the area and dropped by to take me to lunch here in Encinitas. After lunch we decided to go for a walk down to the beach. I guess for Nicolas walking is code for "lots of arm swinging" so he grabbed my hand reached out for Christoper's and the fun began.

Not everyone can be so accepting, but I'm hoping to learn more from these kids.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

You said it Jack


I wish I could say that I have lived like this, but luckily there's still time.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

How to open a coke...

video
with only your ring and pinky.

*Those of you that know me will know how important my daily can of coca-cola is.

I can already hold the can with these two 1/2 fingers (I can move what used to be my middle finger, but the knuckle and tip are still kicking my butt).

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

toes up

My buddy Chris sent me the link to this story from Gizmodo yesterday and I was going to let it go, but then The Worlds Best Ever just posted it so now I have to share:

http://www.theworldsbestever.com/2011/12/06/big-toe-thumb/

I should be getting mine early next year, but my doctor is going to use my second toe.

Monday, December 5, 2011

A new first

I've learned to do quite a bit with just my pinky and ring finger while my wrist recovers some of its range of motion and my middle finger starts to play nice.

Some highlights:
  • putting on socks (and not just the hospital kind)
  • using a fork & spoon (cereal, salad and even yogurt which impressed my nephews the most)
  • soloing an in-n-out burger
  • brushing my teeth (the brush is electric and the process is not pretty)
BUT THIS AFTERNOON...

I PULLED OFF MY FIRST SUCCESSFUL OPENING OF A COKE (without tools).

I hope to post a video if/when I can re-create it.