Minor Injury

So, yesterday while slicing and chopping veggies for a fabulous salad I discovered on The Pioneer Woman Cooks, I managed to mandoline-slice off the end of my right thumb.

Yeah, I know. It's pretty bad. But it actually sounds worse than it is.

Anyway, Joe made me go to the emergency room for it1. They pretty much treated me like, "What do you expect us to do about that???" Which, frankly, is what I expected.

The doctor said if the bit (about the size of a pencil eraser) had been partially still attached, they'd have stitched it back down, but as it was ... I paid a $25 co-pay for some antibiotic ointment and a Band-aid.

And, it wasn't even a nice fingertip Band-aid with proper bandaging capabilities. No. It's one of those 3x5" mega-Band-aids. They wrapped it (quite painfully) over the end of my thumb and down the sides. Then they sort of wrapped the sides around together. It sticks out ridiculously on both sides of my thumb. Adding literal insult to literal injury, the orderly joked, "Aww...it has little ears! You could draw a face on it!"


It stopped throbbing sometime overnight. And today I can actually bear to have it below the level of my heart (for which my other four right-hand fingers are extremely grateful). But I think it's going to be quite awhile before I'm Band-aid free. But I'm definitely going to the drugstore for a real fingertip version.


1 In all fairness, I made him go to the ER for slicing a much smaller bit off the end of his thumb back in '98.


Lisa said...


Adrienne said...

There must be something about mandolins. I took off a good chunk of my right thumb with one about 6 years ago. Can't really see the scar anymore. I probably should have gone to the ER -- but like your wound, there was really nothing to stitch to anything else.