On the downside it's happening when I've got this big nasty splint on my paw. (I lied -- yesterday was not my last finger post.)
I tell them this is just a temporary thing and I'm seeing the doctor and everything will probably be fine, but if I were them, why take a chance? But I figure if necessary I can take this splint off and just buddy-tape the ring and pinky fingers in a little bit of unobtrusive flesh-colored tape for a few hours.
I've read different things -- splint or tape for a week or 10 days all the way up to splint for six weeks and physical therapy. I guess it all depends on how serious it is.
At least tomorrow we'll see what an actual doctor says. Yes, I called them up and shamed them and they're going to see me, though I worry this is like insulting the wait staff -- what's the medical field equivalent of spitting in the customer's food? Invasive procedures? Endless bloodwork?