Sunday, December 22, 2013

The Chronicles of the Injured Pinky

DISCLAIMER: Pictures contain wound and blood. Not for the faint-hearted. You've been warned.


I hurt my left little finger last Sunday. The story of how it happened sounds quite silly and all who heard of it either grimaced or laughed, or grimaced and laughed.

I cut my pinky with my hubby's shaver. Now, that's one of the silliest thing ever right? My hubby always puts his shaver in a travel pouch hung on the glass shower door. It has been like placed like this routinely for years.

Then came the questions of:

"Didn't he face the shaver inwards?"

"Didn't he cap the shaver?"

Yes, kh always faces his shaver inwards and no the shaver doesn't have a cap. Due to the looseness of the pocket of the travel pouch where the shaver was placed, it was facing in a slight upward angle that morning.




When I was drying myself with a towel, I flicked my arm and somehow my whole hand went down hard onto the shaver. I felt a sharp pain in my finger and instantaneously, it went hot, then cold, then numb. As I brought my finger in sight, I was greeted with horror. A small piece of flesh near the fingertip was gone! In place was oozing blood in deep red. The picture below shows the blood flow after the second washing under running water. And then some of my friends commented that I was really bimbotic/ funny to take a picture of my injury instead of doing something useful. So hear me out now...




Before that (immediately after the cut), the blood would not stop pouring forth. I was a little stunned seeing so much blood flow from a shaver's cut that I opened the door and squeaked out to kh what just happened. He thought I was being whiny but when he saw the amount of blood flowing, he immediately ceased playing his WoW (World of Warcraft) and came to my side. I didn't dare to put my finger under running water for fear of the pain but he firmly told me that it was absolutely necessary. The cold running water felt like frost bite; I had to purse my lips hard to bear with the pain. It was fortunate that he did not force me to stop the blood flow by pressing something onto the wound coz I reckon that would hurt a lot more.

After the washing, the finger continued bleeding profusely and kh instructed me to apply pressure to stop the flow while he scrambled out of the room to search for antiseptic and gauze. I waited by the basin for a while and did not heed his instruction of pressing onto the wound. In fact, I got so bored waiting that I saw my iPhone nearby and reached out for it to take a picture. (Yes, that picture above.)

You know the phrase "black out" to mean faint? Instead of black out, I usually white out when I feel faint. As I was trying to focus on the picture, I felt nauseous and was on the verge of passing out. My vision was slowly overtaken by whiteness and my legs went wobbly. Instead of feeling pain in my pinky, I felt intense cramping pain in my tummy. I wonder if that was the result of too much loss of blood.

The cramps persisted and by then I felt the surroundings spinning amidst the whiteness. Saliva was fast gathering in my mouth and I knew I was going to vomit very soon. Rather than to let myself stand over the basin to vomit when my vision was already disappearing and my jelly-like legs being unable to support myself, I tore lots of toilet paper to absorb the bleeding and shot to the bed.

As I lay on the bed with eyes closed, the nausea slowly dissipated though the cramps were 10 times more intense by then. When kh came up, he was shocked to see me in that state and forced me to open my eyes. There was another after-effect (of blood loss I suppose) that occurred after that but I shan't type it out on the Internet. All I could say is I really hate it when kh doesn't let me sleep in peace whenever I feel faint. For the 3 times in my life I white out, kh would continue talking to me, tapping me and asking me to open my eyes. Yes, I know it's only right to get a fainting person to respond but I just wanted to sleep in peace at that time coz it felt really good to sleep the nausea and whiteness away.


Removing censored chunks of the story, Kh bandaged my finger in this way. I fell into a deep sleep after that and woke up for Christmas shopping thereafter. My mood was really good and the only pain I felt on my finger was the bearable kind of pain.




I saw my friend's photo of her student with her fingertip gone during an accident in school. It was really terrible. Hence, I told kh and basically all who asked that my cut wasn't serious at all. To which kh replied, "Not serious? Did you see the piece of meat you left on my shaver?" For the rest of the day, he kept laughing at my pathetic bandaged finger and wondered how stupid I could be getting my meat sliced off that way.

When I got home, I wasn't ready to remove the gauze yet. I had been wondering for the whole day how to shower with my bandaged finger. I managed to wash my hands many times that day without wetting the gauze... But shower? How on earth was I going to allow shower foam, shampoo and strands of hair to rub against the raw wound? The hubby got sick of my whole-day wondering and did this.




This was how the wound looked like after removing the gauze. Before the below picture was taken, I had to wash the dried blood away. Apparently, kh bandaged my finger without cleaning the blood off. I even had to cut my nails and slowly scraped those dried blood under my nails. It really isn't that serious as having a whole fingertip sliced off yet serious enough for it not to be merely a razor cut. Some of you might just be scoffing at my disclaimer at the top of this post.




When I saw my finger, the only thing that came to my mind was that I might not have fingerprint on that part of the finger any more. Kh thought that was the most bimbotic thing I could think about. I had wanted to air the wound instead of putting a plaster but the raw flesh felt really tingling when brushed against anything including air.




For the next few days, I would take pictures of my finger after showering.


Day 2. Plasters always makes a wound look wetter and deeper than it should have been.




Day 3. I tried to sleep without a plaster that night.




Day 4. Taken the next morning... The wound was healing a lot faster without the plaster. But I had to continue having a plaster on in the day coz I was constantly brushing stuff against the wound and gritting my teeth.




Day 4. Taken in the night. The wound appeared deeper after a whole day of having plaster on.




Day 6. Went without plaster for the the whole day. The wound was healing fast once more.




Day 7. So folks, always air a wound that isn't that serious coz airing allows faster healing.




Today! Hard skin continues to form over the wound. I could even paint glitters on my nails for the bling party earlier on in the evening.




And that's the chronicles of my injured pinky. I hope I haven't scared or bored anyone. Now for the ultimate question: Do you think I would have fingerprints on that part of the wound after everything heals?


24 comments:

  1. Ouch, that sure was a clumsy with some pretty bad results. ><

    It looks like it'll heal up nicely, I don't think you'll have a dent in your finger or anything. But there will probably be a small scar. No more criminal activities for you, young lady, they'll retrace your fingerprints in no time!

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    1. Damn... I was just about to rob the bank. Jokes aside, it is healing up nicely though the fingerprint in that area isn't formed yet.

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  2. Hi Jo, I did scroll over the photos because I am very squeamish but I just wanted to pass on my sympathy and say hope your finger heals quickly. Feel better soon hun

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    1. Thank you. It is healing quite nicely.=)

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    1. Yup, but thankfully it is healing now.

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  4. Spies would pay good money to have their prints removed like that and you did it by accident. They would probably pass out too. Good job by Hubz keeping a cool head and jumping into action. You heal so fast I may start calling you Wolverine :)

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    1. Being Wolverine sounds cool! I would love those speedy healing properties too. The print for that area hasn't formed yet. I might really not have print.

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  5. Omg Jo!!! I'm happy that you're alright and your story amused me but omg that cut looks terrible! I'm glad everything worked out that, I thought that part where you hubs said " Did you see the piece of flesh you left on my razor" was hilarious =p Hmm...I think you will still have a fingerprint but that is just a guess ahaha I also want to comment you have really nice nails.

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    1. I thought it sounded funny too though I can't remember if kh said "flesh" or "meat". My print hasn't formed yet even as it is healing. And thanx. You are one of the rare ones who would think my nails are nice. They are the short and stubby kind and I need to grow my nails twice as long to be the length as most people's nail beds.

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  6. The fingertips are made to feel, so wounds there are especially painful. I'm glad you didn't fall while you were woozy--and I'm glad you're healing quickly. My guess is you will have finger prints, but they will have a scar. I have a straight line through the finger print on one finger...a result of a bad cut.

    PS -it's bad when Pinky gets hurt, but thankfully it wasn't Brain. (Hope that silly remark makes sense)

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    1. My finger is healing up nicely though the fingerprint in that area hasn't formed yet. Maybe it would slowly have ridges as the days go by. What did you cut your finger with the last time?

      It made sense. Pinky and the Brain as a pun!

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  7. YikesI had to scroll past the pics cause I'm squeamish but I feel your pain Jo. I sliced my ring finger open once while chopping onions and ended up having to go to the emergency room to get 8 stitches and the tetanus shot was even worse. I cut mine badly enough that it did effect my fingerprint and I suffered some nerve damage. While yours looks bad and it hurts I think it should heal up okay without deforming since you didn't need stitches. Just keep it clean and dry.

    Happy Holidays my friend!

    I cut mine badly enough that it did effect my fingerprint and I suffered some nerve damage but

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    1. EEEEKS.... I feel your pain! Yours sound very serious Rowena. Going to the ER, having 8 stitches and nerves being affected is definitely no joke. Thanx for sharing your experience.

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  8. Ouch! Omg Jo you need to be more careful....but I shouldn't be talking because I've had far too many near misses in the past with the kitchen knife. That looks really painful - I did see your initial post about it on Facebook but was too squeamish to click into it. I'm really surprised that you didn't go to the hospital or doctor or something though, especially when you started whiting/blacking out. I really hope your pinky is okay now....does flesh grow back??? It looks like it has in your pictures. I'm sure you still have a fingerprint though lol - luckily you didn't shave off too much of it.

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    1. The shaved "meat" has grown back thankfully though the fingerprint hasn't. I'm only glad that it is healing quite nicely as of now.

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  9. Jo, when I saw this on instagram I felt for you. When I was younger I nearly sliced my thumb off. You can still seen the line where I cut it. It was horrible. LOL at your hubby putting a bag over it. I'm glad that it is healing. It will be ok. Hope you're having an awesome holiday.
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    1. What did you cut your thumb with the last time? My hubz does the lamest things at times. Thank you and you too. Have a wonderful new year by the time I'm replying to this.

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  10. Ouchie! That looks painful! My housemate had cut her fingers so many times at work since she is a chef and I end up having to wash her hair! I just visited your goddaughters blog in your sidebar, wow what a heart breaking story =(

    Corinne x
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    1. You are such a great housemate and friend to wash her hair. That's really very sweet. I hope she cooked good food for you. Hehehe... Awww... thank you. It's been 2 years and the readership for my god daughter's blog has fallen drastically. It used to be a few thousands reads per day. My friend has moved on while missing her daughter. Thank you for taking the time to read the blog. Really appreciate it, Corinne.

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  11. O dear. I hope you're well on the mend now and had a lovely Christmas season anyway. A blessed, peaceful new year to you and yours :) p.s. I believe the print remains the same, though it may be "interrupted" by scar tissue if the wound were really deep.

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    1. The shaved "meat" has grown back thankfully though the fingerprint hasn't. Happy new year to you by the time I'm replying to this. May 2014 be a great year for you and your family.

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  12. Omg, that is disgusting! LOL But I enjoyed reading it and seeing the pictures ^_^ I think you might have a fingerprint in the area? I have no idea, but that sounds like such a scary experience.

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    1. I haven't seen you around for quite some time and I'm sure it's the same for you not seeing me. I've been so busy the whole 2013 that I've cut down blog visiting by half except for those who left me comments. Hehehehe... I'm glad you still enjoyed reading despite being disgusted by the gore. My print hasn't formed yet even as it is healing.

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