Please don’t be offended by the way I am showing off my accident! it just so happens to be on my middle finger of my right hand. I wouldn’t finger you deliberately! I figured I would get a little personal and tell you all a little story of how I cut my hand and how I handled it. It was actually quite scary and could have been a lot worse!
So I have been under quite a bit of stress lately with work, as well as I have been a little sleep deprived. This is a recipe for disaster, especially with fire and knives in the kitchen! I highly recommend you don’t do what I did yesterday!
I was chopping peppers, and conveniently chatting with some maintenance workers and joking we were having a “safety meeting.” What followed next was not so fun. I sliced a good chunk of skin off the top of my middle finger. I won’t go into too much detail, but I did lose a fair bit of blood. I got the cut wrapped up in hopes that the bleeding would stop. I had dealt with cuts like this before and figured the bleeding would eventually cease. That didn’t seem to happen.
I went to go pick Heather up from work, and she recommended I go the hospital downtown and get it looked at. I hesitated as I am deathly afraid of hospitals. Why do you ask? Beats the hell out of me, but with some convincing Heather got me to go.
I had some massive anxiety thinking that the cut would be so much more worse than it was, and one of the nurses did in fact tell me it was a lot worse than I thought. I won’t lie, I didn’t really look at my finger, so I didn’t know the extent. I wasn’t sure what to expect.
The end of the story is that all I had to do was get a tetanus shot, as well as some special gauze that helps the bleeding stop. The picture you see is the amazing job the nurse did.
What is the moral of the story? I don’t know honestly! I figured I wanted to share a tale of how I handled a tough situation in the kitchen and how I stressed out over something that turned out to be a lot simpler than I originally thought. I have been in the kitchen 13 years and have not needed stitches once! One of the reasons why is that I generally cut all the way through so there’s nothing to sew. Are you grossed out yet?
I think that what I want to convey in my message is safety. Please be careful when cutting with knives. Make sure they are as sharp as can be, that way they will give you more control when preparing food. Create a shield with your knuckles to prevent doing what I did. It happens to the best of us, but I am hoping you prevent these injuries by taking your time and doing it right.
Best of luck with everyone and all of your food preparation adventures!