A while back, my thumb was "misbehaving". I wanted to sew a new jacket for Holly, as she had manged to chew through her old one. The poor girl had an itch she just had to scratch and the only way to do so was to get rid of her jacket.
I had trouble cutting the fabric because of my sore thumb. It occurred to me to apply one of the same principles I use when trying to solve other problems, which is to look at it from another vantage point.
In this case, it was simple. Turn the scissors upside down and put my other fingers in the hole normally reserved for the thumb. This allowed the force required to cut through the fabric to come from my other fingers, rather than from my sore thumb.
Fabric - cut. Jacket - sewn. Holly - warm!