No, I wasn't being careless with a knife. Some idiot* left a razor lying face up under a pile of things, and when I reached down to grab things from that pile to sort them, my finger caught and dragged across the blade at just the right angle to slice off a wide strip of skin from my fingertip. It's not deep, but it's broad, and it hurts like a mofo (because it's on my fingertip, where so many nerves are). Imagine a skinned knee, but on my fingertip instead.
It also bled like a stuck pig, soaking through bandages like crazy. I managed to stop it last night by wrapping it in several paper towels** and taping them in place because Band-Aids just weren't up to the task. But when I changed the bandage this morning (because I couldn't get anything done with a freaking clown nose around my finger), it started bleeding again.
|This is the second bandage, applied by a family member. You can see how the|
cotton is completely soaked through. You DON'T want to see the first bandage.
I say this not for sympathy (although I'll gladly take well-wishes) but to say the following:
- Don't bury sharp things under other things. Just... don't.
- It's amazing how much blood a superficial cut can make. My bathroom looked like an abattoir by the time I was finished.
- It's really hard to open first aid supplies without an index finger. Band-aids, apparently, need two functioning hands to properly open and apply.
*Sadly, I was that idiot.
** Why not gauze? Because as I discovered last night, it's hard to open those glued paper packages with just one hand and a couple fingers from the other. It's even harder when blood is running down my hand, dripping everywhere, and generally getting that paper wet so that it just tears off in little pieces like soggy tissue. Paper towels, meanwhile, I could just grab and rip off by the handful.