Rocker Mary Celery (psudonym used to protect the embarrassed) was sidelined last Thursday after having an unfortunate run-in with a flimsy bread knife and a stale loaf.
"I had the bread on its side, and I was trying to cut off a little chunk to make bread crumbs," said Celery. "The bread slipped, and I got my finger instead."
The cut was on the left index finger, above the first knuckle and was pretty deep, according to two nurses who were consulted. The cut did not require stitches. However, because the cut is on the hand which Celery uses to form chords, her guitar playing career has been--not cut tragically short, but delayed until the wound heals properly.
"Right now, I just don't have the flexion," Celery explains. If I try to bend the knuckle to hit the string, my wound won't close properly.
This is Celery's second injury to this finger under eerily similar circumstances. Her first injury occured almost exactly 13 years ago, when she was at Girl Scout Camp slicing carrots. That initial injury required a tetanus shot, a nerve block, and half a dozen stitches.
"I knew I wasn't being careful," Celery says of both experiences. "I said to myself, 'this is not dangerous' right before I sliced my finger. I should have known better."
Estimates are that Celery should be able to return to rocking out (and updating her blog) in another 7 to 10 days.