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For those friends on Facebook, you already have the news. But as this is where I should be writing stuff for posterity, here’s the story.

Thursday night I decided to make sausage and beans, crock pot style. It’s a recipe I’ve done a lot, and I really like it. Basically, brown about 2 pounds of smoked sausage. Saute some shallots and garlic. Put it all in a crock pot with a couple cups of beans and chicken stock, and cook for four hours.

Where I went wrong was in chopping the shallots. Chop. Chop. Ow!

Took about an eighth of an inch of my thumb off. Basically the skin, some of the nail, and a little bit of the meat. It wasn’t quite as painful as I would have expected. At least as long as I didn’t touch the cut part that is. There was a lot of blood. I cut deep enough to sever some capillaries. Every time my heart beat, I could see a little gush of blood come out the thumb tip.

Called 911. Then realized I should just call a cab to get to the E.R. But once you’ve called, you’ve called. They called back, then sent the Fire Department down here. They bandaged me up. That was good, because I didn’t have anything to properly bandage something like this. Called a cab and went to the E.R. Turns out it wasn’t a deep enough cut to do anything with the little piece of thumb I’d removed. But the wound is too wide to stitch up. They cleaned it up, put a pressure bandage on to stop the bleeding, and gave me a tetanus shot.

Also, they gave me a couple of Vicodin for the pain. Turns out that Vicodin doesn’t seem to reduce my pain. It also doesn’t make me loopy or happy or anything like that. I do, however, get the nausea side effect. Not quite enough to upchuck, but enough to feel very queasy and want to hang out near the toilet. I decided not to fill the Vicodin prescription.

Other than pushing on the top of the dressing, I haven’t felt too much pain. The button fly on Levis has been a pain though. And I can’t left anything heavy because I can’t grip with both hands.

I changed the dressing tonight. I was supposed to change it after 48 hours, and then every 24 hours after that. Removing the dressing hurt big time. Felt like I was pulling off the skin, because it seemed to be glued onto the wound. Dunno if stuff had already started growing into the dressing, or if it was just congealed body fluids that wouldn’t soften in water. I’m not really looking forward to changing it again tomorrow. Hoping it isn’t as painful. Also, my new dressing is not as pretty as the one the nurse put on Thursday. If I had two hands free, I think I could have made it almost as good. But… well.

So there’s the story. I have pictures. I’ll get them on Flickr at some point, but I don’t plan on posting them here.

crossposted from King Rat.

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evillinn From: evillinn Date: February 6th, 2011 06:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Reading this caused a tic. Its just such a familiar moment.

Glad you are okay, and glad your blood pressure isn't low enough to have caused you to pass out. Let us know if you need an extra hand with the dressing. I can swing by tomorrow to help. Can't say that I'm good at bandages, especially, but I have the use of both thumbs.

Have you ever had percocet? does it do any good?

gkr From: gkr Date: February 6th, 2011 07:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Never tried percocet. I don't think I'll need it now though. Only real pain has been pulling off the old bandage.
evillinn From: evillinn Date: February 6th, 2011 08:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah, I wasn't thinking so much for this event. I was just wondering if you had any idea what would work for you, should you ever need it. There isn't much in the world more miserable than needing to ease pain and having to try different things that may make you feel worse.
thevfrchick From: thevfrchick Date: February 6th, 2011 08:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good luck with the dressing change tonight.. *cringe* Good seeing you again yesterday.
sirensanssmile From: sirensanssmile Date: February 6th, 2011 09:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yikes! Ouch. I am glad that it isn't too serious but wow it sounds painful. Vicodin was worthless to me as well. I didn't get any relief from it, nor did I feel any stoned effects from it. It was like I didn't take anything at all. Ibuprofen worked best.
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gkr From: gkr Date: February 7th, 2011 06:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I would've finished making the sausage and beans when I got home except that it was pretty late by then. Made em Friday. Will have to figure out how to do some tasks one-handed for a while though. For instance, peeling a piece of bacon out of a stack is a little bit tougher.

So yeah, this won't change anything regarding home cooking really.
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