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Old 06-29-2022, 03:17 PM
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DH loves to cook, and he bought a Tupperware mandolin slicer. It arrived yesterday. He used it today to slice a tomato and a cucumber. Unfortunately he didn’t use the guard and also removed the fat pad on his thumb.

He was just like, “I’ll cover it up. It will be fine.”

Nope. Made him come to the ER in case he needed a tetanus shot. They can’t do stitches because there’s nothing there. They’re going to do so something to stop the bleeding and then send us home.

He did say that he should have used the guard. Yep. Always.


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Old 06-29-2022, 03:25 PM
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Those mandolins are crazy sharp. I suspect they’ll put “glue” on it.
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Old 06-29-2022, 03:38 PM
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I took off a good chunk of my thumb using one too!

I always use the guard now.
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Old 06-29-2022, 03:39 PM
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They used the glue on me when I sliced my finger cutting ham with a really long knife. I still had the flap of skin.

They just came in to put a strip of something with clotting stuff on it, and blood shot all over the table. Nurse was like, “hold on.” Then she left. Guess she needs something else.
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Old 06-29-2022, 03:58 PM
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They can be dangerous. Good luck!


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Old 06-29-2022, 04:58 PM
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My spouse did the exact same thing—so sorry! No stitches because there was nothing to sew... I don't remember what they did exactly, it was during the time when no one but the patient was allowed in the ER so I just had to drop him off. Good thoughts for your spouse!
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Old 06-29-2022, 05:10 PM
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We are home. They put a clear webbing looking thing over the wound and wrapped it tightly. He’s supposed to see his doctor Tuesday for a checkup, so she can take a look at it then.
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Old 06-29-2022, 06:05 PM
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They just came in to put a strip of something with clotting stuff on it, and blood shot all over the table. Nurse was like, “hold on.” Then she left. Guess she needs something else.
This made me chuckle a bit thinking about the nurse's reaction (although I'm sure there was nothing funny about it while you were there)!
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Old 06-29-2022, 06:05 PM
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Ouch! I hope it heals well.
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Old 06-29-2022, 06:14 PM
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Glad they were able to get the bleeding to stop.

For anyone who doesn't know about this product:
https://www.amazon.com/BLEEDCEASE-St...07TFBFFNN?th=1
Sometimes you can save yourself a trip to the ER. You still want to get this type of wound checked out by a doctor of course.

I learned this when I took my daughter in to our completely useless small town ER to get a similar type of wound treated because we couldn't stop the bleeding. Neither could the ER. They used this type of product but applied it in such a half-a$$ed way that I still had to reapply it (they sent some home with us) and rewrap it. Then I discovered that you can purchase it at any pharmacy. Maybe I'm the only person in the world who didn't know about this product but now that I do know, I always have it around and keep it in my first aid kit in the car, too.


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Old 06-29-2022, 06:15 PM
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This whole thing made me physically cringe while reading it. I hope he heals quickly and isn't in too much pain.
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Old 06-29-2022, 06:17 PM
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Made me cringe also. I don’t like blood. Or needles that stay in you like IVs. Glad he’s ok. Poor guy.
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Old 06-29-2022, 07:24 PM
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I had one of those things back in my cooking days (I gave up on that skill a long time ago ). I remember thinking how many people must hurt themselves- they're crazy sharp! I hope he heals up soon!

FWIW, a couple of years ago I tripped over a ledge and sliced my hand open with the glass I was holding. My first thought was to go to the ER. While I was standing in the bathroom trying to figure out a gameplan with the friend I was with, another woman overheard me and said, "I'm in medical billing. Let me give you some advice. Never, ever, ever go to the ER, unless your head has fallen off and you're holding it in your hands." She told me to always try Walgreens or Minute Clinic first, and if they won't take you, go to urgent care. She explained that because they can upcharge for "taking up emergency resources" they will bill outrageous amounts for something as simple as even using a bandaid or taking a tylenol.

I ended up in an urgent care, was seen within 5 minutes, and got 7 stitches plus a tetnus shot for something like $150, and was able to go back and have them removed for free. I have high-deductible insurance (NOTHING is covered unless I first spend $4K) so I shudder to think what an ER bill would have been. I was very grateful for that advice!

I know you're in a rural area, so possibly you don't have urgent care options. Just putting it out there in case it happens to help anyone- I had no idea before this happened to me!
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Old 06-29-2022, 07:48 PM
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Unfortunately we don’t have an urgent care here. The closest we have is a weekend walk in clinic. They used to do different tiers of ER visits at the local hospital. I didn’t realize that until I fell at home and thought I had broken my arm. The bill wasn’t crazy. I’ve been twice for anaphylactic reactions, and those were considerably more expensive.

My parents were always ones who said no ER unless there is risk of death.
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Old 06-30-2022, 05:14 AM
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Oh! That made me get butterflies in my stomach. I hope your DH isn’t in too much pain. Late to suggest, but maybe use a food processor from now on?
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Old 06-30-2022, 05:52 AM
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I’m now terrified of the stupid thing. It worked beautifully, but holy smokes it’s dangerous.

I kept trying to get pictures of it, but it was bleeding too much. The only thing that completely grosses me out is puke.
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Old 06-30-2022, 04:02 PM
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I hope DH has a quick recovery without a scar.
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Old 06-30-2022, 05:19 PM
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Sending prayers for a speedy recovery.
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