You’ve Really Got To “HAND” It To Me...

>> Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Because I just shattered my old Olympic distance triathlon PR by over 14 minutes? (See last post.)


Because I’m giving 1 lucky reader a $75 gift certificate to (See 2 posts down, and ENTER yourself if you haven’t already! It’s the post from Monday with the big shoe image.)


Because my busted hand is turning purple and is about ready to fall off?

Yes. That’s why you need to “hand” it to me. Get it? Because I need a new hand. Funny, right? Oh jeez, when I have to explain the joke, usually the joke isn’t that funny. I apologize for being alive. So sorry.

But seriously, my hand has been turning more and more purple since I bent my thumb backwards trying to get out of my wetsuit too fast on Thursday. Here was the photo (that I posted on Saturday) from right after it happened:

Notice it’s not discolored yet, but it IS swelling up huge and casting a big, nasty shadow.

Now, I think it’s at it’s peak of purpleness. Yesterday, it looked like this (with the discolored area highlighted in red below each image incase you can’t see where it’s discoloring):

Pharmie can’t look at it because it makes her sick.

Chicks dig scars; but apparently swelled, purple hands make them throw up a little in their mouth. Dang. I’m always so close... yet so far away.


duchossois 7:34 AM, June 17, 2009  

[To the tune of 'Purple Haze']

Purple hand, all in my brain,
Lately my thumb just don't seem the same.
It's not funny, and it hurt this guy,
'Scuse me if I start to cry.

Diana 7:36 AM, June 17, 2009  

That's impressive! Then again, I work in a hospital and shit like this makes my day! Hope it's feeling better soon!

lindsay 7:37 AM, June 17, 2009  

ouch! reminds me of all the times i jammed my thumb playing basketball. hope you're not a lefty!

Steve Stenzel 7:48 AM, June 17, 2009  

Lindsay - I'm a righty, and I'm SO thankful it didn't happen to my right hand!!

Krista 7:54 AM, June 17, 2009  

Ouch! Impressive you managed such a huge PR with such a screwed up hand!

Marlene 8:04 AM, June 17, 2009  

Holy! Have you had that thing looked at??

Herring on Land 8:05 AM, June 17, 2009  

dude, i'm sorry about your hand, but congrats on the awesome PR! i noticed that your wedding ring was missing from the first picture of your hand...i hope that's just because you cant swim with it on instead of you not being married just when you're open water swimming!

331 Miles 8:10 AM, June 17, 2009  

That is UGLY. Pay the co-pay and have a doctor look at it. Friend of mine lost partial use of a finger because he thought it was only "jammed".

Coach Liz 8:22 AM, June 17, 2009  

Yowza! That looks like it hurts. It does not make me throw up in my mouth, but it does make me wonder about how much pain you might have been in on the bike leg. It is a good thing you had aerobars to rest in rather than having to hold onto the handlebars of the bike.

Jess 8:25 AM, June 17, 2009  

That's an unusual injury! Looks painful.

Laura 8:39 AM, June 17, 2009  

Weird....I did get a little heebie geebie looking at it.

tfh 8:49 AM, June 17, 2009  

For future reference: if looking at a part of your body makes PHARMIE sick, posting it on your blog is going to leave a number of readers dry heaving over their wastebaskets. ;) UGH. Hope that heals soon.

Carolina John 8:51 AM, June 17, 2009  

that looks like it really hurts, sorry man. it's going to heal up before you know it.

Alisa 9:35 AM, June 17, 2009  

Yikes! That looks sooooo painful. Way to pull through with a huge PR WITH an injury no less.

X-Country2 9:41 AM, June 17, 2009  

Isn't Pharmie... a pharmie? She's bound to have some spare drugs lying around work some place. The good Ibuprofin at the very least so you don't have to take 8 regular ones at a time. Tell her to open up that purse the next time they sweep the floors!

t-odd 9:52 AM, June 17, 2009  

Wow, that is a fantastic color. You may want to lay off the bongos for a little while, just until the swelling goes down a little bit. (And, "No," "bongos" is not a euphemism for something else - at least not that I intended. You know, now that I think about it...maybe "bongos" could be a euphemism for something. Ah, never mind.) Keep that hand elevated, iced and wrapped - and then take a picture because that would be hilarious.

Audrey 10:41 AM, June 17, 2009  

it's really hard to believe how this happened!!! that is crazy purple!!

Borsch 12:44 PM, June 17, 2009  

Sorry..I need both hands for "things".

Anonymous,  12:59 PM, June 17, 2009  

Yowza! Get better fast!
Kerri at Enzymatic Therapy

Jen Rife 2:49 PM, June 17, 2009  

OMG! You're right, it is looking worse. That's way grosser than it was on Saturday.

P.S. Have you changed out of your tri suit yet? ;)

Eric 4:14 PM, June 17, 2009  

Are you still able to mate...I mean date with Pharmie?

You may want to have it looked at. It is doesn't heal right you could loose some mobility.

You're not getting any younger you know. Yeah...look who's talking.

teacherwoman 5:43 PM, June 17, 2009  

I think it's kinda cool! Really, who injures themself and doesn't look forward to the discoloration to follow?!

Badgergirl 7:27 PM, June 17, 2009  

I admit, it's an impressive bruise. But ouch!

Tyger Lily 9:27 PM, June 17, 2009  

Boy Steve, that is one pissed off hand!

Happy healing!

Yasi 9:35 PM, June 17, 2009  

Bruises were always one of my favorite parts about contact sports..does that make me masochistic?

Lindsay 10:16 PM, June 17, 2009  

I've had some strange injuries through my life... but I feel like that bruise as a result of removing a wetsuit might just surpass any of mine.

Echoing the sentiments that you might want to have it checked... Thumb use is pretty important!

Runner Leana 10:59 PM, June 17, 2009  

Ouch Steve, I feel your pain. I fell off my bike yesterday and the same area is bruised and swollen on my left hand. Apparently there is a bone called the saphoid right there that can break pretty easily. If you haven't had it x-rayed yet then you should try to do it soon. I hope it isn't broken for you, but my boss (who chipped his a few years ago) was pretty adamant that I get mine looked at asap.

Samantha 12:15 AM, June 18, 2009  

Hope the hand heals quickly and if you haven't gone to Dr. GO!!! :)

Brent Buckner 10:15 AM, June 18, 2009  


Hope it checks out as just bruising and strains and all heals quickly.

Nat 6:44 PM, June 18, 2009  

Again steve - Gross. Just gross. God I love your blog.

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