My finger

On January 25 a carrot, a sharp knife and my finger were involved in a contretemps.

I saw red.

Pumping red!

I ran to the bathroom for a plaster. It would not stick to my finger.

Pumping hell!

I wrapped the finger in a clean face flannel and that changed colour instantaneously. I rewrapped the damaged digit in a fresh dressing and a cool damp clean face flannel and held it in the air. I needed help.

The health centre is a mile away. No way could I drive one handed, and walking that far would surely leave a stream of blood from door to door.

The kitchen looked like a massacre had occurred. Blood on the counter, the draining board, the cooker and on the floor. The bathroom was not much better. Darn blood thinners – they sure keep the red stuff running! 🙁

💡 I could phone a friend. It might not make a millionaire out of me, but she might save my life.

Emily jumped to the rescue and became my flying angel for the morning. She even arrived with a great big towel to soak up the juice. She sat patiently waiting while I was looked after and on the way home we stopped for a coffee. It was just what I needed before going home to clear up the murder evidence.

So you see from my recent posts, I had plenty of excuses for staying away from blogging over the past month.

PS: No spiders, animals or people were massacred during this event!

Time to do a web search… Does anyone make metal gloves? 😕

19 thoughts on “My finger

    1. Grannymar Post author

      Kate, you are a wonder! There was a whole world of protective gloves I never knew existed… even a pattern to ‘make your own’. Seriously they would be a very good idea to have in a kitchen, especially one where children are learning to cook, or dizzy old dolls are inclined to lose concentration!

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  1. dunnasead.co

    metal gloves at booths at medieval festivals. have you thought about a small electric, or even manual kitchen machine or slicer. one with a hand guard. sorry about your injury. scary.

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    1. Grannymar Post author

      My food processor will chop vegetables, but not the way I want them. Normally I find cleaning, peeling and chopping the vegetables rather therapeutic as I prepare a meal. I can listen to the radio or to some music as I go along. I do not remember chopping in time to the ‘Can Can’ on the fateful day!

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  2. Al

    How about buying all your food pre-chopped and quit handling those dangerous weapons. Either that or go to the blood bank and have them store some replacement blood for your next culinary adventure.

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  3. cedar51

    yep blood thinners are a bl**dy nuisance [note the pun]. A friend has a special bandage thing in his bag it looks like a kind of gauze and apparently it will stay wrapped around the offending body part – in his case his hand-fingers until he can get to be seen…

    anyway you obviously you do what you need to do and I guess all is on the mend. And many people have given you some worthwhile idea. The metal gloves sound cumbersome & something you might loathe to put on for a few bits of chopping…they will end up being ornaments in your kitchen.

    I have to have everything in balance when I’m doing things with my silly hands [not related to blood thinners in any way] before I do things in my kitchen. I too have a food processor for chopping but I don’t use it much as I’m chopping for “one” 🙂 Mini accidents always seem occur when I’m doing things in a “hurry” even when I don’t have to “hurry” AND sometimes when I least think it will happen

    [reminding myself of the broken wrist last year…it has made me more “caring of me”]

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    1. Grannymar Post author

      I was actually thinking of how careful I should be with the sharp knife, when I cut my finger. I used that same knife tonight and all was well even though I do not have proper feeling back in the injured digit.

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        1. Grannymar Post author

          Concentration is needed when working with sharp objects… though blunt knives can cause damage too.

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  4. recyclersa

    Moral of the story: Eat your vegetables whole and raw. Stay away from those dangerous kitchen implements 🙂 Grannymar I was worried when you disappeared but did see you on another site we both read everyday, so glad you are OK and on the mend. Laura

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    1. Grannymar Post author

      I like raw vegetables, but not all the time, they need to be chopped when adding to a stew or a sauce. That day I was making bolognese sauce and needed the carrot finely chopped. A whole carrot would not work to my liking in that recipe.

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  5. magpie11

    Oh dear….. Hope it is healing rapidly…. at least you were using the inmplement for its correct purpose… whenI did mine (long and amusing story) i was trying to remove the long hair that was clogging eldest’s smoking vacuum cleaner. I was using a breadknife as some idiot had packed away the scissors I had carefully put to one side.
    Friends di suggest that I se Dyson for not putting a suitable warning on the cleaner: “Do not attempt repairs or servicing to this cleaner with a breadknife.” others suggested that I sur the bread knife manufacturer for a similar omission.

    BTW It’s usually my left digits that suffer such accidents as I am rign=ht handed.

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    1. Grannymar Post author

      Magpie, I am right handed too. The flesh wound has healed, but the feeling in the top third of my left index finger now matches the one on the right. Neither are any use for using on a touch screen. 🙁

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  6. wisewebwoman

    Oopsy, not good and as my dad used to say: it could happen to a bishop – no wonder you were not on blog. Take care of yourself missus.

    XO
    WWW

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  7. nick

    Glad you’re on the mend after the blood-letting. I hadn’t thought about the hazards of blood thinners. Maybe you could do with a vegetable shredder/chopper/spiraliser? Then you could dispense with the sharp knife?

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    1. Grannymar Post author

      Nick, grapefruit, ginger and garlic are all items I need to be careful with, they can interfere with my blood thinners – Thankfully I am not on Warfarin. No matter how many gadgets we have we still need to use knives. Most times I manage to clip my nails and never break the skin. This was a nasty reminder to be careful.

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  8. rummuser

    A standard remedy over here is to immediately apply lots of turmeric powder. It stems the bleeding for almost all surface wounds. But nothing like protective gloves when doing serious cutting.

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