17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Monday, February 17, 1913: I have discovered the fact that I am getting a new nail on my once sore thumb.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Whew! Grandma must have really injured her thumb back in December, if it’s taken two months for her to know whether she’d get a new nail.
This was the third time that Grandma mentioned the injured thumb in the diary. (If she hurt it as badly as it sounds, I’m almost surprised how few times she wrote about it.)
Here’s a recap of the previous entries:
Our dearest Ruth left for Sunbury this morning and my heart is rather sad. 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.
I have a sore thumb although I do not think it is as bad as it was several days ago.
15 thoughts on “Getting a New Fingernail!”
I found an article on the National Institute of Health website that says that it takes about three months for a new nail to grow. Looks like she if right on track.
Interesting. . I had no idea that it took so long for a new nail to grow.
My hubby had a finger injury several months ago, and he just lost his nail a couple of weeks ago. Painful!
You’re right: you would think Grandma would have mentioned it in her diary more often, although I think her generation didn’t “complain” as much as we do!
Whew, it sounds like a long, painful process to get a new nail. I hope your hubby’s new nail grows in soon.
It seems that Grandma had little choice but to remain stoic – probably what the doctor ordered (if they even called in a dr.) when she “sliced” her thumb. The good old days seem romantic now, but were not always so. Wonder if she got a tetanus shot.
I wonder if they even had tetanus shots back then. (I’ll have to research this sometime. :))
sad to hear about the pigs, altho i know it was a way of life back then…
In some ways times were different back then.
Pretty certain it was more dangerous and painful to have a sore thumb back then! And she was undoubtedly way more active and doing more physically risky things than most of us would be doing today (university students excepted!).
As badly as she hurt her finger, it does seem as if she must have been doing something fairly dangerous. I’m glad that most equipment and tools today are designed in ways that generally make them relatively safe to use. .
Yes, it sucks having a nail that isn’t easily filed and cared for. It makes it hard to do anything when a digit is injured.
Your comment makes me wonder if the injured thumb was on the hand she wrote with–or if it was on the other hand.
My daughter sliced her fingernail off a few months ago. It’s grown back. She was cooking. I think it’s still possible to injure your fingernail if you are using sharp knives or you could smash it in a car door.
Pigs are still being killed. When I lived in rural Mississippi many people killed their own pigs and then had someone professionally cut them up.
I can remember butchering hogs when I was a child. In some ways it was fun, but it also was a lot of work.
I only participated in one hog butchering. A lady gave us a pig and some real farmer friends came over and helped us do it when it grew up.