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#1 posted 12-22-2009 01:37 PM

Last summer I was working on a bandsaw box cutting out the overall shape. I was distracted (thinking of something else) and watched my thumb hit the blade as I said to myself… “my thumb is gonna hit that blade”!! Sure enough I had a 1 inch gash in my thumb. Being a nurse practitioner (and being a terrible patient), I decided that I was too busy to stop what I was doing. So… I “approximated the edges” as I learned in NP school and bandaged the finger with 4 band aids. It continued to bleed a little but not on the wood so I continued for another 6 hours (you have up to 12 hours to get stitches – that I know from my training). At the end of the day, I took the band aid off and that little 1 inch gash was about 1/2 inch deep and bleeding well. Off I went to the local ER where everyone knows me from my paying job. They all had a good laugh on me when the heard the story. They also put lots of novocaine into my thumb… that is the most painful part of getting sutures as most of you already know. Five sutures later I was fine. All my colleagues at work read me the riot act and told me to be more careful… duh!

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