Wednesday, October 8, 2008

digitus primus

A new malady has been discovered, affecting the paddling community of planet earth. It affects about 90% of paddlers, is not debilitating in any way, is not painful, at least in the later stages and lasts for a long time. At this time there is no known cure.In common terms I am calling it PADDLERS THUMB, or to give it the medical term, Callous Paddlous. It appears at first as a simple blister on the inside aspect of the thumb at the joint and a bit lower down too, later on it developes into a distinct hard skinned area with a groove in the middle of 2 callouses. If you give the afflicted one a paddle to hold you will note a perfect fit of the shaft in the hollow between the 2 calloused humps.
This malady is not a cause for concern and no vaccine is expected in the near future.
It is usually seen in the dominant hand only.


avital said...

יש לזה שם בעברית- שקע בית המשוט

Silbs said...

Medical research has shown this to be a non infectious condition. It seems to be transmited by the vert same materials used in the manufacturing of kayak paddle shafts. People with severe cases of this condition are said to have been given the shaft.