Really, if I’m going to flash my middle finger, I’d at least like the option about it.
I have a very bad habit of picking at my fingernail cuticles when I’m stressed, and oh man, am I stressed. Well, is it any wonder then that I get a hangnail? Nope. Not in the least.
[You know, in all fairness, this is an improvement; 25 years ago I used to bite my nails.]
Well, medically speaking, hangnails lead to paronychia. Or in my case, paronychia AND a swollen finger.
Oh yes, did I fail to mention that the affected finger is on the left hand? You know, the one that wears a compression garment? Hence the swollen finger as opposed to a simple inflammation at the cuticle. I love lymphedema, really I do.
I. Am. An. Idiot.
[edit 2009/09/07: The compression glove is doing its job; the swelling could be a whole lot worse ~ it’s just that the knuckle is a little stiff and straight.]