my latest boneheaded stunt...

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I've got a Smith & Wesson Tactical knife that I carry during the summer while working as a park ranger for the US Army Corps of Engineers. This knife has taken quite a bit of abuse, but has held up pretty well. So tonight, I decided to clean and sharpen it.

To make a long story short, I almost cut my thumb off. Now I can't hold my camera...and I'm not happy about this. I considered stitches, but I figured that a big gauze pad and some electrical tape would do the trick.

Now my thumb looks like a Q-tip - wrapped in black tape. However, this has been a learning experience. I've realized that when you try to sharpen a knife, don't rush. It's much better to take your time and avoid the injury. I've also learned that, when you're walking through a store with gauze pads in one hand, a very bloody rag in the other and a distressed look on your face, people tend to get out of your way.

Another useful tidbit: I now know what the proximal phalange is. It's the bone in your thumb just below the knuckle. I actually got to see mine.

So...treat this post as a cautionary tale. Be careful in your everyday lives. Don't get in a hurry and make silly mistakes, because bad things could happen. Had the blade been about 4 inches higher, I would've been rushing to the hospital with a slit artery. Trust me, I never thought something like this would ever happen to me. I've been handling knives since I was a kid. I've never cut myself - not even once. But there's a first time for everything...and again, be careful. Please don't be an idiot like me...don't let this happen to you.
 
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pictures?!
or are they not family friendly?

still i'm interested... hopefully it heals fine for you
 
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Well its to late for stitches any way.

I would forgo the gauze and electrical tape and go het some butterfly closures, some dermabond and some gauze wrap.

Use the butterfly closures to pull the ends of the skin together use the dermabond to seal the wound and make the BC stick then wrap the whole mess in gauze or a ace bandage. Change daily (wash and irrigate as needed) and watch for infection.
 
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Mark,

I'm sorry to hear this! One thing to consider, if you've not had a tetanus shot in the last 2 years, you may want to call your doc and see if they feel you need one. Typically, they're more for puncture than wide open wounds, but certainly not something you want to mess around with.

Keep it elevated above the level of your heart while sitting (for swelling) and ice for the first 72hrs to help with swelling pain.

Hope you heal quickly!
 
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Mark,
I hate to hear about your "incident". I hope you recover quickly...not being able to take pictures, man, that's gotta hurt as bad as the injury!

Get to feeling well soon! And BE CAREFUL!!!!
 
If you were able to see exposed bone, you really need to seek medical attention for this injury. It's nothing to mess around with and you DON'T want to risk serious infection. Get yourself to a doctor!!! NOW!!!!


Sorry that this happened to you -- ouch! Please don't add insult to injury by attempting self-care of what sounds like a fairly serious open wound.
 
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Ouch! Sorry to hear that, Mark. Hopefully you heal quickly. I also second the opinions of seeing a doctor, no reason to take chances.

You don't wanna see this. And even if you did, I can't hold my camera...at least I don't think I can.
As for not being able to hold the camera, that is what they made tripods for... silly man! :biggrin:
 
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dude, how about some pictures? :)

really, you should get stitches... it'll look better in the long run. but if you can't, like Irish Bryan says, you gotta keep the wound clean.
 
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I am concerned that you see the phalyngeal bone. That means you had a risk of injuring the tendon controlling the distal phaynx and could have damaged it. If you had accidently injured the bone and the infection gets to the bone you will develop osteomyelitis. This is serious and may need prolonged antibiotics or even worse.

You should see the physician soon.
 
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Thanks for the concern everyone. I removed the bandage today and poured alcohol on it again - which hurt worse than the original cut. I then covered it with Neosporin and rebandaged it. It's a clean cut - not jagged, so I'm expecting it to heal ok, with the usual scarring. I'm covered with scars, so one more isn't a big concern. If I notice any changes (other than healing) I'll make a trip to the hospital.
 
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Thanks for the concern everyone. I removed the bandage today and poured alcohol on it again - which hurt worse than the original cut. I then covered it with Neosporin and rebandaged it. It's a clean cut - not jagged, so I'm expecting it to heal ok, with the usual scarring. I'm covered with scars, so one more isn't a big concern. If I notice any changes (other than healing) I'll make a trip to the hospital.
OK Mark, knock it off - get medical attention. A tetanus shot is a MUST here (yeah, it will hurt as heck too :biggrin: ). Seriously - GO!
 

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