On July 24th 2017, I injured myself on a household appliance. The injury was quite severe - it was a fingertip crush injury and ripped off the top segment of my right hand index finger. I went to the hospital immediately and got a surgery for fingertip repair called a Thenar flap. At this time of writing, I am still recovering but the outcome is good, and better than what I could have ever hoped for.
I don't enjoy sharing personal details of my life online, let alone information about my health and medical information. But during the first two months of my recovery, I couldn't find many people sharing their story online about their experience and recovery. I really wished I could hear from other people who went through something similar.
If you're reading this, and you are going through a similar experience right now, I hope this gives you faith that it gets better. It may be a few months or more than a year, but it will.
Here's an album of pictures of my injury, surgery and recovery. Please be warned the images are incredibly graphic and have blood/injury.
If you've got a fingertip injury, you might have two surgeries:
Week 0 to Week 4 (flap growing stage):
Week 4 to Week 8
Week 8 to week 10:
Week 10 to now:
Even after healing, the sensation and usability will never be the same, and it'll be permanently 1/3rd of an inch shorter, but I'm just glad I got what I could.
I'll be updating this page as time goes on. If you are going through something similar and want to talk about it, you can email me.