My Uncle John had just hooked my Man and Cole up with some tickets for the BIG Game the next day, and life was sweet.
The children had all been gathered and placed in the van, except for Meg who was bound for Grandma camp. I stopped to tell Meg good bye and my Uncle John was talking with my Man at the van while holding the passenger side door open for me to get in, ever the gentleman. There seems to have been some confusion regarding whether to converse through the open car window or to open the car door for the post Thanksgiving discussion, but the opened door was settled upon and when I got into the car all was well.
Thank you's and good travel wishes expressed, the children were nestled all snug in their car seats, Christmas music was playing on the radio...when "YYEEEEOOOOOOWWWWW," cried my Uncle jumping into the air and holding his hand at a rather odd angle.
"Oh!" said my Man who in seeming slow-motion, groped for the window button which he'd just engaged and in so doing, caught my Uncle's thumb in the window.
I, mere inches away, was still trying to figure out what had just happened. I looked at the window which was an inch short of being closed, and assumed that it was just a close call. That did not, however, jive with the obvious pain my Uncle was attempting to hide as he remained in the drive way until we backed out. It turns out that the inch short of closed window that I had observed was the result of the reopening of the window to release our captive, the provider of the home for our Thanksgiving festivities and the football tickets to be enjoyed the following day. Geesh, my Man felt horrible.
We called from the road, to make sure Uncle John was as "all right" as he claimed and we learned that the injured thumb was under ice and all seemed well, or at least better. Unbeknownst to us, it seems a purple hue was creeping over and pressure was increasng under my Uncle's thumb, the same thumb that would be necessary to insure a certain football team was properly taped and readied to take the field the next day.
Allow me to pause here and share that my Man is not alone in his assault on my Uncle with the car window. Based on a telephone survey conducted by Kids and Cars, a nonprofit child safety organization, more than 13 million adults in the US have injured someone they know by closing a car window. How about that? I need to alert the "Kids and Cars" survey folks to add another to their tally.
The next morning, Cole awoke counting down the hours until the big game, planning his cold weather wardrobe with great care. Finally, FINALLY the time came for their departure. The forecast predicted some pretty chilly temps, so blankets and hats and gloves and hand warmers and hats were gathered and off they traveled.
Upon their arrival in Morgantown, my guys would learn that the events surrounding my Uncle John's injured thumb did not, in fact, end with an ice treatment. Apparently in the middle of the night the pressure under my Uncle's thumbnail grew painful to the point of action.
NOTE: If, like me you are a bit queasy by nature, you may want to read the next paragraph or two with a nice cold glass of ice water at hand.
My Uncle John, would never have told us how awfully much he was hurting. He didn't have to tell us, however, for when we heard what treatment he directed my Ant Sab to undertake, we knew. In the next scene you will find my Ant in her jammies drill in hand, searching for the necessary size drill bit. Do you see the words DRILL and DRILL BIT? How bad was this poor man suffering??
Unfortunately, or fortunately, I'm just not sure, the right drill bit couldn't be located in the middle of the night so, an alternate method was used. It is a little known fact, to me at least, (and thank the Dear Lord for that!) that the human thumbnail can be melted through. Oh yes, we're going there.
An o'dark thirty attempt was made at heating a paper clip to the point of making it able to melt through the smashed thumbnail which would release the pressure building up under said nail. Please note, this medical procedure was preformed under the strict supervision of a trained professional in a horrendous amount of pain and should not be attempted by just any ole injured person or their gutsy spouse.