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My Thumb Ripped Open

by Lauri Loewenberg

Dear Lauri,

I had a dream last night that I cut my thumb open and was waiting for the doctor at the ER. A nurse came over and pulled open the rest of the skin and it was just hanging off my thumb. The skin was like paper. I could see the tendons and bone and I started having a panic attack. I was just about to go into the ER for stitches when I woke up in a panic. Ashley 29, Wausau, WI

Lauri: Oh gross! Okay... the thumb typically represents judgment, approval and disapproval (thumbs up and thumbs down). Were you recently judgmental or disapproving of someone and were ripped apart for it? Or was someone judgmental of you recently and did that rip you apart emotionally? The hanging skin could be connected to two things: feeling that some situation has been left hanging with no resolution yet OR it could be about a need to get thicker skin, since you mentioned the skin was like paper. Going to get stitches suggests you are hoping or trying to mend the situation but since the dream ended before that happened, it seems the mending has not yet taken place. Waking up in a panic is a bit of a warning your body is sending you that you may be taking this particular issue too hard, which takes us back to that paper thin skin of yours! You know what they say, What other people think of you is none of your business.

Ashley replies: Thats crazy! There has been a lot of judgment going on towards me at work; I am a paramedic. I hurt my back and have been trying to heal but it still bothers me. I take pride in my job and it hurts that there are some at work who are judging me on a snap shot of one work stretch. It really tears me apart. Thank you.

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