Tuesday, January 13, 2015

When Life Gives You Lemons

Helllllooooo! I'm back from my unexpected blog break! And yes, that means that my hand injury is mostly recovered too. It certainly took much longer than I reckoned but really, thanks to all who texted, emailed {I'll reply soon!} and left me messages of encouragement on Facebook and Instagram. You guys are really awesome! Muakz!

2014 really didn't end well for us. I can't remember the last time we had such epic bad luck and with my work comp crashing, hand injury and hubby's car accident all in the span of 2 weeks, it certainly felt that way.

Injury on my left hand & our poor car! Thank goodness hubby was safe!

A few of you already know how my hand injury happened, but basically I cut my hand on glass. It wasn't a very big cut, but kinda deep. I went to A&E to get it stitched but the doctor just decided to use Epiglu to glue the wound together. It did not hold and the wound opened up so a few days after, I went to see another doctor and she used Epiglu again. Just a few days after that, I had to go back again since it got infected {!!} and my hand got all swollen and the wound was filled with pus. They just cleaned up the wound, gave me antibiotics and told me to come back the next few days to change the dressing but I decided to see another doctor and she said A&E should have stitched it right from the beginning!

The third doctor stitched it up for me but since so many days have passed, she said that it probably won't heal as nicely :( My colleagues and even my boss said don't worry, just get another tattoo there! Ha. Ha. Very funny guys. When I was at Dr Kang's for my laser and IPL treatment last week, he also said the same thing :P However, he also told me not to worry too much, as he'll help me with the ugly scar if it gets to that. Phew!

On top of going in and out of the doctors' almost daily for the past 3 weeks to get my wound properly healed, I still haven't gotten my new work computer yet and our car is still in the repair shop. Overall, everything was very draining mentally, emotionally and physically so I felt pretty down last few weeks. And certainly felt like screaming "WHY ME? WHY US? WHY NOOOWWWWW during the holiday period!!??" Very drama mama, but you've to forgive me for that.

A friend told me that there's a Chinese belief that little cases of bad luck actually block a bigger disaster. Maybe these incidents were clearing some bad luck and bringing in a fabulous 2015. That's a positive way to look at it.

It's hard to find any good reason why all these happened but there's certainly much to be thankful for, especially with worst things that were happening around the world. Taking the blog break and taking things slow at work made more time for things that mattered the most to me. Family, friends, health, home. I really shouldn't need injuries and accidents to make me appreciate the things that I have, but they did and maybe that's the reason why the bad incidents happened.

It is with this thankful heart that I'm going into 2015, to be present and more conscientious to focus on the things and people that really matter to me, and to eliminate those that don't.

Here's to a better and brighter 2015 for all of us!! xox

Feeling Grateful on Tues with Essentially Jess and Mum in the Making



Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness - you poor thing! That hand wound looks nasty! Can't believe they glued it twice and you had to see so many different doctors before finally getting it stitched AND that you suffered with infection. Oh my! So glad you are on the mend now and I'm sure brighter and happier days are ahead for you! ;-) xo

Jolin said...

Glad that everything is back on track. Hope your hand will recover nicely. To a better 2015!

Cherry said...

Relieved that you are on the road to full recovery.

Had i known about your hand injury earlier, i would have recommended you to see the hand surgeons i know.

take care, Ai!

Susan said...

What were they thinking trying to seal the wound with epi glue instead of stitching it? Glad you're all better now and hubby as well.

pc said...

Oh my, the cut!!! I kind of believe in the Chinese believe, in a way, it helps in consoling;).

It will be a better year ahead, Ai!

Theresa Mahoney said...

Welcome back! I love your friends theory about little bads blocking big ones. That's such a positive way to look at it.

Hope 2015 goes much better for you!

Unknown said...

Oh dear that's a very nasty looking cut! But you are looking very well in the last photo!

Here's to a better 2015 for all!

Unknown said...

Oh dear, sometimes doctors don't listen, though glad to hear that your hand is on the mend! x

Stacy said...

Arggh had to wince at the pics of your injury! Never mind, it's on the mend and things are looking better.

Unknown said...

Ouch! take care and surely we should dwell on the positive than negative! And a tattoo does sound cool!

An Apel a Day said...

Ouch! I'm surprised that they didn't stitch it up the first time with how deep it is. I'm glad it's finally healing for you. Yikes!

Ai Sakura said...

Min: Thanks! Hope so too!

Jolin: Same to you :)

Cherry: Thanks so much! I'll come back to you if need be

Susan: I should have followed my gut instincts and asked for a stitch from the beginning too. Oh well, lesson learnt!

PC: ya it does :)

Theresa: thanks, happy new year!

L Lee: Indeed!

Stephanie: Thank goodness too!

Adeline: haha yeah, but tattoos on skin healed from wounds don't look that nice :P

Alissa: thank you!

EssentiallyJess said...

Oh my goodness! I'm so sorry! I had no idea.
I noticed you had been quiet, but just thought it was an end of the year thing.
I do hope everything settles down for you now, and that you only have good things happen! xxx

Masshole Mommy said...

What a mess! I kind of understand because my c-section scar opened up in 4 small places 6 days after I had my little guy. It was open for 12 weeks until I finally had to have a second procedure to help it along to close and heal up.

Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me said...

Ouch my lovely!!!! So sorry to read that you've been in pain :( Take care and here's to a healthy 2015 for you and your gorgeous family x

Walking In May said...

Happy 2015 Ai! Glad you are recoverring....clearing all the bad luck before Chinese New Year probably means a fascinating and happy year ahead! So stya positive and smile my dear....have a lovely week!
may x

Big Tavel Adventure said...

that was a tough ending but let's hope for the best in already amazing 2015. i can say you coped very well since you're already counting the blessings.
all the best!!!

Unknown said...

Oh Ai!! I had no idea that's what you had done to your hand :( I was wondering what happened though. Ouch! I hope 2015 means bigger and better things to come! I agree about small strings of bad luck blocking a much bigger bad luck away. :) :) Welcome back and hope you have a HEALTHIER year with your beautiful family :)

Rachel said...

Oh dear, it really looks like a deep gash, hope u are recovering better now. It's tough to have to experience a whole series of unfortunate accidents one after another, it can really wear a person down emotionally. I really hope that it's all out of the way and there will be a much better year ahead for you and your family. Have a blessed 2015 Ai!

Cherie said...

Oh man. That cut looks seriously deep! Glad to read that you are trudging out of all these positively. Good things will happen from now on, and have a great 2015!

Indah Nuria Savitri said...

We never know what will happen but I'm glad you all pass all those bad times. That cut certainly looks so deep and painful. I hope you will get fully recover with less scar..I'm pretty sure there are ways to work on it. Meanwhile, all the very best for 2015..wish you a colorful and fabulous year ahead :). Cheers from NYC..

Sweetday said...

Welcome back! That is great positive thinking which I am trying to learn!