Update on my rose thorn puncture
It's almost three weeks since I went to the ER with an infection caused by a rose thorn. I did the ten days of antibiotics. The red streak and swelling are long gone, and the pain in my hand is not nearly as bad as it was.
Still, I can't hold anything that requires spreading my fingers. I can spread them, but I can't grasp without pain and weakness in my hand. I'm reminded of this every day when I instinctively reach for a half-gallon of milk. I can open doorknobs (which I couldn't do at first), but not sealed jars.
The odd thing is the the round, hard lump at the entry point on the back of my hand. It's 1/4" wide and looks and feels as though a BB was caught under my skin. It's whitish in the center, surrounded by purple. The surface isn't painful, but it hurts to press on it. I'm wondering if the tip of the thorn remains embedded in my hand. I wondered that when I was at the ER, but the doctor said thorns are tough and the tip wouldn't have broken off.