Went to the hand specialist again this morning. He said my finger was healing up pretty nicely and his nurse took the stitches out (which was a minor ouchie). Afterwards, he asked me to make a fist with my hand and I could not, which was unnerving. It seems like the swelling, combined with having the finger locked in place by the splint for two weeks, is making it too stiff to close all the way. He said that I need to force myself to open and close the hand over the next few weeks to get it back to normal working condition. Forcing the hand to close hurts but fortunately I have some drugs saved up for that.
On the upside, I’m back to typing with 10 fingers again at about 70% of my normal blazing speed, which is really nice — not being able to type normally was really bumming me out.