Tuesday, April 22, 2014
A Wee Mishap
Had just gotten in from the gym late this afternoon, and decided to peel and peanut butter an apple for supper. I used my shiny new peeler-corer, which left the naked apple in one unending spiral around an empty center, like a fruit Guggenheim museum. Not easy to butter or eat. So, I pulled one of my good Cutco knives out of the block on the counter to cut it into semi-circles. And I accidentally included my left thumbtip in the separating stroke:
Bled all over the kitchen counter and the bathroom. Right off, I had had the idea of super-gluing it back together, but even superglue doesn't stick well when you're bleeding that briskly. And you can't unwrap a bandage with just one functional hand--when you try to steady it with the injured one, it gets all wet with blood while it's still in the package. So in the end I just squeezed my poor thumb in a paper towel for half an hour, and took a whopping dose of acetaminophen (it hadn't really hurt at first, but then, boy!). Once I'd mostly stopped bleeding, I re-positioned the partly-cut-off part (it'd gotten a little eschew during the drying-up process) and super-glued it in place. It's stiff and funny-colored, and doubtless I'll lose a bit of it, but my stepdad came over and approved the gluing, so at least I got a physician's seal of approval. Add another to my collection of memorable scars, though.