Almost three months have passed since my attempt at thumb-jam. Below is what it looks like today. The new nail is emerging, slowly but surely. Note the small round indentation in the centre of the nail. That’s the small hole my doctor drilled to release the accumulated blood and with it a lot of pain. Next time ( I dearly hope there won’t be a next time) I will know what to do. Get small needle, disinfect by heating the tip with a cigarette lighter ( find a smoker, they will always have one) and then gently start drilling it into the nail. It is a painless procedure and saves the trip to the medic. Too easy.