Unfiltered Story #95378

, , , | Unfiltered | September 20, 2017

My uncle and grandfather were both leaning back in recliners with their arms crossed behind their heads. My uncle (who has been putting his thumb and forefinger around each of his wrists absentmindedly for a while) says to my grandfather “Hey Dad, is one of your wrists smaller than the other?”

My grandfather proceeds to do the same thing, putting the same two fingers around each of his wrists. “No,” he says, “I can make my fingers touch on both wrists.” My uncle says, “That’s weird, I can’t.”

They continue this way for a while with my grandmother staring at them both as though they are the dumbest people ever born until she finally goes, “[Uncle]! You are missing half of one thumb!”

My uncle was in a factory accident. A coworker of his tried to pull something on a conveyor belt through a machine too fast and it sucked my uncle’s hand in and shredded his thumb to the middle joint. He had been this way for decades at the time of this story.

Unfiltered Story #93274

, , | Unfiltered | September 6, 2017

I had a pretty traumatic miscarriage early on in pregnancy. I had to be rushed to the hospital and have emergency surgery.

When I was released (on Sunday) I called my boss at home and told her what was going on. I explained that I was on pain medicine, was not to drive while taking it (my job involved significant driving), and to stay off my feet until the bleeding subsided. I had paperwork sent in from my doctor writing me off work for a week. She was understanding and sympathetic, even sharing a story about her own pregnancy loss.

Then, two days later, I get a phone call from a coworker whom our boss had asked to check on me because I hadn’t reported in. They tried to contact my sister as well. She didn’t remember any of our conversation. This was 5 years ago and it still confuses me.