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    If you can't find a Gortex glove, lots of Nitril or latex gloves inside your rafting glove. With tape around the cuff. Should keep it relatively dry. Take a tube of antibiotic ointment and bandages for use at night. And some ibuprofen.

    After it starts to heal, some anti-scaring cream helps as well. Plus exercises to keep it supple. (I did a hand sickle into the side of my index finger-to the bone-when I was in my teens. Only eight stitches.)

    Best of luck with your trip. Sounds like you have a great group of friends. (Canasta?)
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    Ouch, heal quickly friend.

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    Best wishes for a speedy recovery!
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    Hi Raftergirl

    I hate to be negative but that really needs to be kept dry to heal. If it gets wet and splits open at a week it cant be sutured back together and you will be looking at skin grafts or prolonged dressings and a veerrrrry looooonnnnng recovery. If it were me, I would skip rafting for just one weekend.

    PS - i strained the ligament in my index finger when learning to chuck. Took months to heal and i had to strum with my middle finger. Sounded great.

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    Yeah. My heart wants to go on the river, but my head knows the risks.

    Right now it hurts a lot. My biggest concern is being able to bend it & how long to keep it splinted before I try to bend it. The ED doctor thought 2-3 days would be adequate. I want to keep the suture line intact, but I don’t want the knuckle joint to get too stiff.
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    Heal quickly and well!

    When I was learning to play fiddle, I almost cut off my left forefinger with a chainsaw.
    A while after that healed, I separated my right shoulder in a car wreck.
    I decided I wasn't supposed to play fiddle.

    Or mess with chainsaws. OR drive a car without a seat belt.
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    Ouch, RafterGirl, that's nasty. Do take care of it, and get better soon! On the bright side, at least it's not the fingertip!

    Quote Originally Posted by Nickie View Post
    When I was learning to play fiddle, I almost cut off my left forefinger with a chainsaw.
    You're supposed to use a bow with a fiddle, not a chainsaw, silly!

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    I decided not to go rafting this weekend. I'll reschedule with friends for a later date once my finger heals up. I'm bummed, but I just discovered that there's a uke festival this weekend, so not a total loss.

    Since I may have to do more thumb strumming for a little while while my right index finger heals, what kind of thumb picks have people used with a ukulele? Brands, materials, etc.? On a recent thread with Brittni Paiva playing, I see she uses a thumb pick. One of the acoustic guitar players at church always uses one.

    Any recommendations?
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    I've bought a few thumb picks, but can't get on with them, they stick out the side, whilst I tend to pick at an angle with the tip of my thumb, &, for me, they are too long as well. You may or may not like them.
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    Thumb picks Always take a lot of time getting used to. On the positive side, now you have lots of time to try that.

    Del Rey Always used worn down thumb picks, can't remember what brand (Golden Gate?), and has a fantastic 'alternating thumb' technique.

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