Odd Washing Question
Thanks so much for your concern Panterra! I did go to the ER, within five minutes of the incident. From there I was sent to a Hand specialist because the Doctor was worried about needing a graft, due to the size. I have seen the specialist and he said since it isn't deep (can see fatty tissue, but that is not damaged in any way) I won't need a graft, but it will take a LONG time to heal, several months, like you said. I am all caught up on tetnus (thanks Mom!), have been show how to properly clean and care for my finger, and I have a follow up appointment in two weeks.
I appreciate your concern, if I hadn't done those things I would want someone to remind me about them. My family is all out of state, but I'm really grateful for my partner's family who has been insisting I spend several nights with them, taken me to the doctor, and provided me with food when I have a hard time cooking for myself. It is so great to be reminded of the true goodness of others.
Thanks everyone else for the great suggestions. I have a container of Cranberry juice that I'm about to finish, I think I'll use that, rather than buying anything new. And it'll be easy to hold with a sing;e hand. (-:
Panterra Caraway said:
Weird question...did you go to the doctor for that finger? My daughter cut her thumb in much that same fashion and everyone said that they couldn't stitch that so why bother going to the ER. Well I went anyway and they said that it needed a skin graft. Fingers and toes have alot of nerve endings and with a cut like that the nerves may be injured and it needs attention. Please don't think...there is nothing there to stitch cuz it was cut off and not go. You also most likely need a tetnus shot, not to mention that kind of cut is a high risk of infection. My daughter took about 4 mos. to fully heal even with the graft, but now it is fantastic and she has no problem. (Also, in case you are worried...a skin graft is quick and painfree compared to your wound...they use cadaver skin from a sterile package). Please take good care (((HUGS)))