So here is the situation with the finger: after driving four hours in torrential downpours, four hours in borderline white-out snow, and three hours in darkness, we have the following opinions:
– Initial thought was that it was scar tissue building up in the joint
– Reluctant to do MRI
– After the MRI, diagnosed me with a ruptured A2 pulley in my right pinkie.
– Unwilling to perform surgery without the swelling going down
– Only willing to consider encircling techniques
– Only willing to harvest from palarmis longus or plantaris tendons
– Did not mention non-encircling techniques or other harvest sites, despite being specifically questioned
– Did not look at MRI disc
– Spent lots of time poking and prodding finger
– Unwilling to make any projection for success of or efficacy of surgery
– Thinks swelling is a byproduct of tendon being out of track
– Willing to perform surgery with current swelling
– Seems hung up on possibility of partial tear
– Seems to want to directly repair whatever is left of existing pulley
– Typically harvests from extensor retinaculum for repairs
– Knows Dr. 1
– Looked at MRI disc
– Seems to believe surgery would be effective
– Unwilling to operate until swelling is under control
– Does not believe swelling is due to rupture
– Would use slips of existing finger tendons or extensor retinaculum for repairs
– Sometimes decides to simply scrape away scar tissue rather than repair pulley
In other words, two-and-a-half wildly disparate opinions on how to proceed, what is wrong, and how best to correct it. At this point, my whole hand is in a compression glove, making me look like a burn victim, and then I have coban-equivalent wrapped around the pinkie finger, with no actual surgery scheduled or really even considered at the moment. Said surgery would be outpatient, I would be sedated for the whole thing, and I could figure out 48 hours of not doing much, a week before using the finger at all, 6 weeks before being comfortable using it, and 12 weeks minimum before it returns even to its current level of uselessness. Current pain levels with it just sitting there ranges from 2-4, depending on the day, typing is annoying as hell (both from the pain and the dexterity stand points), and if I forget and use it, that can rapidly ramp up to a 6-8… And this is all while on the maximum dose of ibuprofen every day.
Now that we have gotten the stuff you do not care about out of the way, on to the things you might care about. As you may have noticed, I did not update this site for over a week, and, honestly, you had better get used to it. In addition to typing being a literal pain, I do this whole "weblogging" thing for me, not you, and, frankly, it has stopped being fun. I am tired of defending my Constitutionally-protected human rights from people who do not give a damn about my rights, me as a human being, or anything except their need to feel good, acquire power, or both. I am tired of watching my country be actively destroyed, knowing that nothing I can say or do will realistically change the outcome. I am tired of dealing with the passive-aggressive frakwits, back-stabbing, elitist prats, and/or self-appointed, petty gods-in-their-own-minds who seem to be infesting the gunblogging community these days… which, probably, was inevitable once it started moving from "community" to "industry".
So I am taking a break.
I have more than a few posts in the queue that I might get around to formatting and posting once in a while, and there may be a review or two in the works, but any new content – aside from HAVA Fundraiser updates – will probably be from Skas. And, speaking of, I am still running the fundraiser and will see it through to its end, so no worries on that count.
TL;DR version: the whiny bastard who owns this insignificant site has finally taken his marbles and gone home. Thank God.