I’m blue (da ba dee da ba die)

I’m blue (da ba dee da ba die)

First of all, I’m not turning into a Smurf or a Na’vi or anything.  Secondly, no, I have no idea why I’m turning blue.  Yesterday I was doing my usual exercise after work (walking fast uphill on a treadmill) when suddenly my finger felt funny.  Looking at it, I noticed it was kind of swollen, but I figured that maybe I hadn’t had enough water or something.  I slowed down, drank some water and waited… no change.  We finished, went home, and I decided I’d cook dinner (had a Chicken Alfredo of sorts planned).  I tossed the chicken in the microwave to finish defrosting it and started chopping some broccoli. Well, I guess I should make that tried to start chopping broccoli. You see, by now my finger was so swollen that it refused to bend all the way and it made it awkward to hold the knife.  I took a look at it and thought it looked a bit purple or bluish and asked Jess to check it out.  The second she looked at it she told me to get to the doctor.

Blue

Yo, listen up here's a story about a little guy that has a blue finger...

I, being the smart guy I am, asked her to instead look it up online.  Turns out, there isn’t much about this on the ol’ interwebs, so off to the doctor we went.  I was completely at a loss, as I haven’t hit my finger on anything, it’s not in pain, and is just awkwardly swollen.  We get get to the office, wait for a couple thousand years, and finally get seen.  The doctor is perplexed.  I was informed he’s never seen a spread like this for a finger that wasn’t broken and he questioned me for what seemed like forever, but I had no answers for him.  Now came the poking and prodding.  No matter what he did, it didn’t hurt, just felt uncomfortable… kinda “full” sorta.  He told me that if it hurt or if it tingled or if I felt nothing this would be easier, but since it felt normal all he could assume is that somehow I managed to burst a blood vessel.  The current working theory is that I did something to weaken or cause a very slight break in the blood vessel on Sunday, so when I worked out (and my blood pressure rose) on Monday, it fully burst, causing the weird blue finger.

Blue

It's blue (da ba dee da ba die), it's blue (if it was green I would cry)...

Pure weirdness.  As a bonus, as I was being worked over, it was noticed that my heart isn’t sounding quite right… cue the EKG!  Yep, it looks like my heart is missing a beat or something… the doctor said that it was “regularly irregular” and that since I’m asymptomatic, it’s not an emergency, but something that needs to be researched.  Nice.  You know, I don’t eat trans fats, I eat Omega-3s… what more does my heart want from me?  Oh well, at least the doc isn’t that worried about it.

The best part of the story?  I returned home to remember that I never put the chicken back in the fridge… it had been sitting in the microwave for close to 5 hours.  D’oh!  Into the trash it went… guess I’ll be having chicken sausage instead.  Anyway, at this point I just need to get my finger to turn back to a normal size and color and I’ll be good.  I never realized how often I bend the thing, but it turns out while typing and writing, I do it quite a bit.  Has this, or any other medical mystery, happened to any one of you (or someone you know)?


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4 Comments

  1. Kevin Says:

    Keep an eye on that, the last time I had seen something like this is when I got a splinter in my finger and the reaction from the treated wood made my finger swell just like this. Funky. Take care.

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  2. courtney Says:

    My aunt just had this happen to her except it was three fingers and then her whole arm. You should perhaps go back to the doctor, because hers was due to a large aortic blockage. Doctors put her on blood thinners and she will have surgery this week. Be careful! Sometimes the doctors miss these things, but with your irregular heartbeat this could be a real risk. Hope you turn out ok!

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  3. Jason Says:

    @Courtney – Thanks for the heads up… the one thing the doc said to *not* do was to take any blood thinners. If it doesn’t go away soon I’ll go back in for a followup. They’re checking on my heartbeat now and comparing it to old EKGs, so we’ll see what happens.

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  4. Jason Says:

    @Courtney & Kevin – Little update… as of this morning my finger is looking pretty normal, so hopefully this never happens again!

    Also Courtney, I hope your aunt’s surgery goes well… tell her we’re all thinking good thoughts.

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