No, that's not my X-Ray. I don't have a copy of mine to post yet, but I do have a swelling broken finger as the result of a difficult to start pressure washer.

Oh, and I have Vicodin too.

Now here's the funny part. It's not fixed yet. The x-ray revealed an "interesting" break. That's not my description. The physician's assistant who read them actually said that a few times.

So I'm scheduled to see an orthopaedic specialist at 2:30pm on Monday to determine the best course of action. Meanwhile, it's taped to the medical equivalent of a stick and I'm at home with a loving wife and a small bottle of pills.


It took me nearly 34 years to brake a bone. Not even a pair of skis could do it. It had to be a fancy power tool.

Posted by jzawodn at March 23, 2008 10:06 PM

Reader Comments
# Jonathan Disher said:

Uh, ow?

Yes, a pressure washer will break bones. It will also sever fingers. You are lucky you didn't slice it right off.

Just, ow.

on March 24, 2008 01:58 AM
# Stuart Langridge said:

I was secretly hoping that it was a Hole Hawg that broke it, just so I could smirkingly point at In The Beginning Was The Command Line :)

Hope it doesn't hurt too much.

Also, Vicodin. Blimey. Although all I know about Vicodin I learned from House, which is probably not a great reference.

on March 24, 2008 03:15 AM
# Aaron Schaub said:

That sucks. Broken bones aren't much fun. I hope you heal quickly.

on March 24, 2008 05:57 AM
# Robert Gonzalez said:

Dang, that sucks dude. I am in your boat. Almost 34 and have never broken a bone. I am hoping I get out of this life with only having to die. I did have stitched once. And a dislocated finger, but never a break. I feel for you bro.

Hope you heal quickly. And I hope the finger was not on a coding hand. ;)

on March 24, 2008 09:09 AM
# Pablo said:

Is it your middle finger?

on March 24, 2008 11:33 AM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

Nope. It's my ring finger (2nd smallest).

on March 24, 2008 11:40 AM
# Gheorghe Man said:

Sorry to hear...

I hope you can still fly an airplane.

35 and no broken bones (well maybe one but never had it checked out).

Get well soon!

on March 24, 2008 12:55 PM
# Peeping Tom said:

These are in order by break date:

Broken right wrist bone, age 14 - It required a bone graft from my hip as the bone was in two pieces. This is the classic "Skateboarder's break". On a skateboard no less.

Broken left wrist bone, age 36 - Only a cast this time. Same bone as other wrist! Mountain bike.

Skull fracture, age 41 - Exceptionally stupid ride on a dirt bike.

P.S. My brother, 42, just fractured a should blade a cracked some ribs on a snowmobile about two weeks ago. Yes, to answer your question, stupidy does runs in the family.

on March 24, 2008 03:49 PM
# Peeping Tom said:

Jeremy, I meant to express my sympathy for your injury but got interrupted as I was typing. Sorry dude.

on March 25, 2008 12:20 PM
# Charles Eicher said:

I saw this post when it first went up and wondered what you were talking about. I saved a copy in case I ever want to remind you not to blog on Vicodin. Then you edited in 1 character and it made sense.

Sorry to hear about the break, let us know how it turns out.

on March 26, 2008 01:03 PM
# Matt said:

As some one who has broken 27 fingers. I can say jamming your finger is usually much more painful and takes longer to heal than actual breaks. It does slow down the typing quite a bit...

on March 26, 2008 03:35 PM
# Darryl Ramm said:

A few Vicodin and a glass or two of wine and you'll forget it is broken and a lot more as well. (No seriously- a few days after recovering from surgury I could not believe how potent the unintended interaction of a glass of wine and a few Vicodin was).


on March 26, 2008 10:39 PM
# Joel Strellner said:

@Matt - Did you ever think about talking to your doctor about why you have 27 fingers (or more)? ;-)

27 is surely a lot of fingers to break. Especially since I only have 10. You must be a fast typer when they are not all broken. I am kind of jealous actually. ;-)

Oh, and Jeremy, sorry to hear about the finger. Did you ring get caught, or was the finger just in the wrong place at the wrong time?

on March 27, 2008 05:33 PM
# Yi Song said:


Dats really sad, but I must say one thing no broken bones till the age of 34, good, you really seems to be fit and fine and you don't have to worry, you are still young and recovery is always very fast at this age.

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on March 27, 2008 11:19 PM
# Jayson said:

Well at least you got the Vicodin :)

I'd be interested in hearing what kind of break you end up with. Is it shattered?

on March 31, 2008 12:45 AM
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on April 1, 2008 11:46 AM
# Marcie said:

Came across your blog in a random search about broken fingers.
I am now a member of that club. Shattered my right pinkie.
I was hit by another figure skater at the rink where I train.
This has happened before to the same finger - bu this is my first severe break (I've broken tendons in both pinkies before and one healed badly and will never straighten). I expected to be in a simple splint like before..instead my entire right hand is swaddled in a massive
splint bandage, much like yours. I write for a living and can barely peck out this message with my left hand. Now what??
I also teach dance, but that may be out for a while. And of
course I can't go back on the ice for a long time. I could
scream. Instead,I'm emailing you, looking for sympathy. Am I looking at 6 weeks of this? My next challenge is washing my hair. Luckily, I'm not in much pain...just emotional trauma. Wish I was ambidextrous!

on April 4, 2009 09:44 AM
# Ajlouny said:

I've realize that pressure washer's are dangerous, but I wonder how many people use them and know how they can basically break your bones. You learned the hard way.

on June 25, 2009 09:23 PM
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