I feel like an idiot. Let me explain.
I have horrible dry skin and eczema. It bothers me year-round, but fall and winter tend to be worse. My hands become particularly dry as the weather gets colder, and sometimes the skin on them just cracks open and bleeds.
I noticed a place on the side of my thumb that looked like one of those cracks. The skin separated, and I spotted a brown line that could be a tiny scab. And, since it’s getting colder, and I’ve been washing my hands rather frequently (changing diapers, trying to avoid germs from the other two), I thought: oh, wow. My skin’s cracking open already.
Fast forward five days. Thumb continues to hurt, unusually so. Usually with the hands, the pain’s just a dull ache, but this spot on my thumb really smarts. So I turn on some bright lights, take off my glasses (super near-sighted), and look closely.
It’s a splinter. An itty-bitty sliver of wood. And I’ve been walking around in pain with that splinter stuck in the side of my thumb for almost a week. So I grabbed some tweezers and pulled it out. Instant relief.
My thumb doesn’t hurt at all now. But I’m not feeling so smart.