Somehow I've managed to get an infection going in the tip of the middle finger of my right hand. I now have a red, swollen, lopsidedly bulbous finger tip. Playing with my cat the other evening and he briefly got one of his claws down between my nail and the cuticle...I think that did it. Can't really hold a pen and sticking my hand in my pocket to get out my keys produces some twinges of pain. Perhaps there's relief on the horizon, though. While I was in the shower this morning, I noticed a "darkish" spot underneath the cuticle on the side of my fingernail. I scraped the cuticle with the thumbnail of my other hand and a small amount of pus emerged. Squeezing the finger, I got a great big blob of sticky, yellowy-white pus (about the size of a pea) to ooze out. It's been weeping and draining all day now. I am having some occasional painful twinges in the finger that I did not have yesterday, so I'll keep an eye on it. Anyoo, just thought I'd, y'know, share.