It pains me to write this…

…literally and figuratively.

A peek inside the moneymaker (palm down)

Last month, I fractured my right thumb. And yes, I’m right-handed. I was horsing around in a neighborhood park and fell in the grass, and, well… look up “Skier’s Thumb” and you’ll see what happened. I initially thought it was a sprain but x-rays show that the ulnar collateral ligament didn’t snap, but instead it ripped free from my first metacarpal, taking some bone with it. That means surgery.

It's like I got into a Telepod and didn't notice there was a turkey drumstick in there with me

So I had surgery two weeks ago. Very expensive (even with my insurance; more on that in upcoming blog posts). My post-op hand cast was made of ACE bandages, gauze and an aluminum brace (above). I was prescribed Percocet for the pain.

As good as it gets (for now)

Last week I went in for an upgraded cast (above), made of cotton padding and plaster tape. This cast is rigid and unfortunately won’t let my fingers reach my thumb (or vice-versa). This means I can’t hold a pencil, tie my own shoes, button a shirt, use tweezers… the list goes on and on. Eating with a fork is like something straight out of a Jane Goodall bloopers reel.

Here's what my hand looks like under its hard candy shell. This was taken after the ACE bandage cast was removed, which explains the fabric texture on the back of my hand.

Needless to say, Cool Jerk has been (and will be) on hiatus for the duration. I might try doing a strip with my left hand. Or maybe Darlene will do a fill-in. Or maybe one of you readers would like to draw a strip for me while I’m on the mend…?

Thanks for understanding and for the well-wishes. I’ll keep you posted with the progress. I understand it’ll be months before I’m back to punching troublemakers in the throat.

“Hey, doc. When this is all over, will I be able to draw awesome comics and infographics?”

“I don’t see why not.”

“That’s terrific! I never could before!”

  1. R. Horn says:

    Dad and I are sitting here looking at your photos for the first time. Didn’t notice this link when
    I first read the piece. Looks worse than we thought it might be… Now, I’m wondering if it would
    have been a good idea to train you to be ambidextrous!
    You’ll be in our thoughts and prayers, Son. Be careful in everything you do. Let us know how
    you are doing.
    Mom & Dad

  2. Britt says:

    Give me a storyline and I’ll see what I can do on a Cool Jerk strip…!!

  3. Bert, TC and I wish you a speedy recovery! Merry Xmas to you & Darlene!

  4. R. Horn says:

    Happy New Year to you and Darlene. Would you let us know how your thumb is healing?
    We hope you’ll be safe and sound in the coming year, Paul.

    Mom and Dad

  5. Our Man Horn says:

    Thanks, all, for the well wishes. Britt, let me think of a strip you might want to tackle! In the meantime, keep reading the blog, where I’ll be posting updates.

  6. keithg says:

    Damn sorry to hear about your misfortune. Get better. Have a happy new year.

  7. Sean McDade says:

    HI Paul, hope you heal up right quick. Best wishes to you and yours in the new year.

  8. JMartinez82 says:

    UGH! Get better soon!!!

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