& a self-rescuing princess
Really, they do. Especially when they are in your dominant hand.
Wednesday I managed to smash two drinking glasses together while I was loading the dishwasher. I noticed my left pinkie hurt right away, but when I moved my right hand to help me examine the U shaped cut, I saw how badly I sliced up my right hand. There was a very deep 3 inch gash running along my ring finger down in between it and my right pinkie. I could see things that are not meant to see the light of day, ever.
I was home alone, with no one within reasonable driving distance to help me. I forced myself to stay calm. I needed to get my ass to Urgent Care and get stitched up - Fast. But I couldn't leave the house with glass all over the kitchen floor. See I have a 20 pound plus cat that I did not want to have walking all over said broken glass. I went upstairs, got the med kit out and tried to bandage up my hands. Not an easy feat, but I managed to get my left taped up and my right wrapped up well enough without dripping all over myself and the floor. I swept up most of the glass I could see and got in the car.
Driving with one hand is not hard. Driving with one hand while the other is bleeding, held up right and wrapped in a flimsy gauze is very hard. And I got stuck at the longest red light I've ever had to sit through.
Parking was also very hard one handed. I looped my bag over my head and headed into Urgent Care. I was the only one there and was seen right away. The doc on call took one look at my hand and freaked out. Which did nothing for my calm. He said he could see my tendons. This is where I lost it. They wanted a hand specialist to look at my cut and make sure there was no other damage. They called me an ambulance and had my ass carted over the the nearest hospital. Which was just down the road a few miles. I didn't even know it was there.
Everyone kept asking me if I was feeling lightheaded or dizzy. I kept telling them I'm too stubborn to faint. Which is true. I've never past out. Still holding onto the record, thank you very much.
So I got to chat with the friendly guys in the ambulance while trying to not think about that fact I might have permanently damaged my hand.
The sentence, "I'm an artist" kept getting told to every person who talked/looked at me and it wasn't until the specialist came in to see, did the look of pity not shown up. He had me move my fingers and did some strength tests and after a few pokes at the wound told me that I was fine and I'd just missed the main tendon that runs along my ring finger. After the X-rays came back showing there was no glass in the wound, the doc finally stitched me up.
That was not fun either. Whatever is used to numb you up, stings like hell for the first few minutes. Worst thing I'd felt all day!
So I'm home now, I've got four stitches and my right hand looks like something out of "The Mummy". From time to time my hand hurts like hell and now it's starting to itch....yeah for healing. I've got limited use out of it, like mu forefinger and thumb, but I'm trying to keep it mobile. I want this to heal and be fine....Gonna have one hell of a pretty scar when this is all said and done.
So personal tip for everyone, drinking glasses do not make good percussion devices. Pay attention to everything you are doing at the time and do not bash glasses together while holding them....very bloody bad idea!