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Cutting edge
At approximately 10:05 PM, Tuesday, while I was in the process of prepping veggies for a chicken stock1 in preparation for a chicken soup to be made tomorrow night, I mistook my left thumb for another round and stubby object. That the object happened to be the end of a carrot that I had been cutting with an 8" chef's knife led to a series of adventures that led me from the obvious comfort of my home to the dubious comfort of knowing I was a speedbump for the staff of a hospital emergency room two towns away.

They didn't suture me, though they did give me the option. Given that I started bleeding again on my way home, I'm wondering over the wisdom of accepting the steri-strips over surgical thread. The other treatment that was suggested involved a bizarro process that included removing the nail and placing it back on and then letting it grow back in in hopes of avoiding an unsightly ridge that could develop for having cut into my nail bed. So yeah, it's not good. The last time I cut myself this badly in the kitchen, I was cleaning a deli slicer2at at my quasi-catering job in New Haven. That was some fun, boy howdy.3

No worries, gentle reader. I'm a bit shaken is all. Barring something crazy, the worst of it is that I'm off dishwashing duty for a week and will probably end up with a scar.

1We shall leave the question of why I chose 10:00 PM as an excellent time to craft a stock for a later post.
2Wwrrrrzzzz! Yeah, SPIN!!
3No sutures then, either. That choice was based either on being less aware of my mortality or a lack of health insurance. Perhaps it was both.
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clayrobeson From: clayrobeson Date: March 14th, 2007 06:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Good lord, man!

Be careful. The next ingredient for Iron Chef shouldn't be YOU.
komos From: komos Date: March 14th, 2007 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I imagine that I'd be tough and a little gamey, but there are fixes for that.
From: corvus_coronis Date: March 14th, 2007 09:12 am (UTC) (Link)
I did something similar to myself with the edge of a spam tin, it healed well enough without sutures, though it took a long while to get the feeling back in the affected fingertip
komos From: komos Date: March 14th, 2007 02:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
The good doctor was good enough to describe what we'd be doing had the slash happened lower on the thumb. Something about nerves and hand surgeons, as I recall.

I still have feeling, but there's a bit less sensation above the cut than in the unaffected part of the thumb.
prosicated From: prosicated Date: March 14th, 2007 11:50 am (UTC) (Link)
The moral of the story is clearly to fear the predatory stock vegetables!
I'm glad you survived the encounter, and don't worry, scars are cool. =)
inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: March 14th, 2007 12:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
See? Chicks dig scars.

Take care of yourself, man! Chopping bits off is a slippery slope.
canonfire From: canonfire Date: March 14th, 2007 12:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
New Haven wants you back!
komos From: komos Date: March 14th, 2007 02:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
bunnyroo From: bunnyroo Date: March 14th, 2007 01:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
a few years back i had some med-student type at a backwoods seeming hospital offer to remove and sew back on a toenail. i can't understand how this procedure is part of modern medicine. i just assumed it was the backwoodsiness of the hospital.

hope you get all fixed soon.
komos From: komos Date: March 14th, 2007 02:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
From what was described to me, it's the sort of thing that's done for people who want pretty nails. I told my doc that I wasn't that fussy. He laughed and said that he wasn't either.
jawalter From: jawalter Date: March 14th, 2007 01:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

The important question

So how did your Flesh Stock turn out? Delicious and coppery, one hopes!
komos From: komos Date: March 14th, 2007 02:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: The important question

You only get the residual metalic tang if you fail to skim the stock. I prefer a slightly more subtle palette of flavors.
cook_ting From: cook_ting Date: March 14th, 2007 02:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hang in there. Remember, Chicks Dig Scars.
komos From: komos Date: March 14th, 2007 02:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's what I'm told. I'm guessing though, that a shark bite is sexier than a kitchen knife accident that was caused by fatigue and rush.
watchamacallit From: watchamacallit Date: March 14th, 2007 02:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Owie!! Glad you're recovering.
komos From: komos Date: March 14th, 2007 02:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Right now, I'm more concerned for the lack of sleep. I'm going to be dragging badly by day's end.
champignon From: champignon Date: March 14th, 2007 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

Best wishes for fast healing and little pain!
komos From: komos Date: March 14th, 2007 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've become a bit of a wuss.

Thanks. ^_^
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komos From: komos Date: March 14th, 2007 06:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Like numbers, fingers are most fun when they're prime or imaginary.

Yeah, I don't know what I mean either.
frederic From: frederic Date: March 14th, 2007 03:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
The other option (taught to me with great success from people in my gym) is to use Liquid Bandage. If the cut is 2 stitches worth or under, you apply this Super Glue-like liquid (less sting, added anti-microbial) that hardens and seals the wound. The stuff flakes off after 3-4 days by which time the cut is usually healed enough to stay sealed. Also great on annoying non-bleeding paper cuts as well.

It's the couple of dollars from CVS fix instead of the whole emergency room trip. Also, doesn't leave the funky scar additions from where they added the stitches.
bbbsg From: bbbsg Date: March 14th, 2007 04:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
most people sew things up well enough these days that the additional scarring from stitches fades within a month. so sad.
sassyinkpen From: sassyinkpen Date: March 14th, 2007 03:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh no! Don't be chopping off parts yourself, dear - that's just not good. (Though it does entitle you to special treatment for a while *grin*)

When I ran my pinky finger through a router, they just plucked out all the bits of hacked up nail (or so they told me - I refused to look), and it grew back fine. And I have a wicked cool scar all around my finger, which would be great for showing off, except it's, you know...my pinky. Which is pretty lame, no matter how interesting the scar is.
komos From: komos Date: March 14th, 2007 06:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
If by "special treatment" you mean dancing girls and massages, I'm in.
sejabop From: sejabop Date: March 14th, 2007 03:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
A little tequilla and some Vicoden will make it all better.
komos From: komos Date: March 14th, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like the way you think. Have a favorite anejo to recommend?
From: couplingchaos Date: March 14th, 2007 04:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
ouch! fast healing thoughts your way.
komos From: komos Date: March 14th, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
You too.
bbbsg From: bbbsg Date: March 14th, 2007 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
chicks do dig scars, but OOWWIIIE!
komos From: komos Date: March 14th, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think I may have f-bombed instead of ow-ing. I was not too happy with myself. :\
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