Thumb Still Sore

17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Saturday, January 25, 1913: I have a sore thumb although I do not think it is as bad as it was several days ago.

Source: Wikipedia

Source: Wikipedia

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Poor Grandma—She sure seemed to get a lot of illnesses and injuries.

It sounds like she hurt her finger again (though I suppose that she possibly was still complaining about her December injury). On December 16, 1912 she wrote:

. . . We killed some pigs and I took a slice off the end of my thumb. Oh sad the day, for I don’t care anything about having a sore thumb . . .

12 Responses

  1. It takes forever for a thumb to heal, you don’t realize how much you use that darn thing until you injure it.

  2. Ouch! If I had to slaughter hogs and such I’d be ill all the time too! Yikes. Was she upset about her finger or the hogs? My lord. What a different lifestyle people had!

  3. I’m sure, had your Grandma known that all of us would be enjoying her journal all these years later, she would have been a bit more specific in her entries!!!

  4. When I fell on cement and cut, scraped and bruised my hand pretty badly, it took about two months to heal, so I wouldn’t be at all surprised that Grandma’s hand was still sore from the wound she got a month earlier.

  5. Killing pigs is not my idea of a pleasant activity and I’m delighted to live in today’s plastic packaged world.

  6. I suppose because the hands are in constant use, it takes awhile to heal.

  7. Oh dearie me, my lovely Miss Muffly. Life seems to be handing you lots of “bad breaks” just lately. Hope things improve soon.

  8. Even a paper-cut on a finger is a nuisance and painful. It seems fingers are very important to every task we do. :)

  9. Oh how lucky you are to have this diary. I just found your blog and I will be reading her diary along with others. Thanks for posting it.


  10. I agree with adaisygarden, a paper-cut, however large or small, is enough to make me want to take sick leave from work and stay home until that cut gets better. So I would probably take to my bed for a couple of weeks if I had sliced it the way she did . . .LOL! Bless her heart!

  11. I agree with adaisygarden, a paper-cut, no matter how large or small, makes me want to take sick leave from work so that I can stay home until it gets better. So I probably would have taken to my bed for a couple of weeks if I had sliced my thumb the way she did — LOL! Bless her heart!

  12. Hi Sheryl. I have a sore thumb where the edge by my thumbnail dries out every winter and cracks. I feel sorry for her and wonder if she will mention it again. Jane.

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