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A Rule Of Thumb…



[font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]Y[color=#000000]ou’d think that I’d have learned my lesson by now but you’d be wrong. No, this was not my first culinary battle wound…many knife injuries and burns have preceded this, but I think that this one might just take the proverbial biscuit or in this case MASH.[/color][/font]

[color=#000000][font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]I apparently overestimate my knife skills, and on Tuesday morning, my poor left thumb was the victim of my recklessness. I was trying to save time by preparing a cottage pie for the evening meal early in the day, it saved mere seconds in chopping the potatoes so hastily and ended up costing myself hours of pain, anguish, and horror as a result.[/font][/color]

[color=#000000][font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]To add insult to injury I’ve had to endure several days of people giving me the ‘Thumbs Up’, and singing the nursery rhyme ‘Tommy Thumb where are you?’ to me. Not that a bit of my thumb is actually ‘missing in action’ you understand, or even went in the dinner, although I did have to show my disfigured thumb to ‘Mini Me’ to prove this before she would eat her food![/font][/color]

[color=#000000][font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]After six hours of incessant bleeding and throbbing, I caved and went to MK general. As if the long wait wasn't bad enough the chairs were so uncomfortable by the time I was seen the pain in my bum was nearly as bad as my thumb; my theory being the NHS do it on purpose either to take your mind off your injury (assuming it wasn't your ass that was the problem) or they hope you get so uncomfortable you decide to give up and go home. No wonder patients were wandering about all over the place, the soft furnishings are anything but soft, well those that could walk were wandering anyway... I even saw a patient on oxygen outside the entrance doors having a cigarette, but at least he put safety first and disconnected the tank before he lit up![/font][/color]

[color=#000000][font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]I was seen quite quickly by a Triage Nurse who put an Alginate dressing on to help stop the bleeding so it could be butterfly stitched or sutured when I was seen properly. Then the second nurse removed this and tried to use steri strips it but disturbing it made it bleed again so much so by the time she’d finished it had soaked though the dressing and she had to start over again![/font][/color]

[color=#000000][font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]Now I’m currently sporting a very burdensome thumb dressing, and I’m quite disabled as far as domestic duties are concerned as I've been instructed to keep it dry and rested. The worst of it all is that I chose to cook rather than do my nails. I'm betting that had I done my nails, I would have been more careful with that knife, and could have avoided this whole bl**dy mess. [/font][/color]



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Awwww Mrs, Ive done that to my thumb as well with a big chopping knife. Hope it heals quickly. Now you have the perfect reason to take a step back and relax. xxx
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Next time chop it clean off! When I did that to my finger I got to jump the queue. Also in the ambulance ride to East Grinstead I was told that the helicopter was available and that if the hospital had asked I would have been flown there.
I reckon I've got 9 1/2 chopper (pardon the pun) rides left. 18 if I count my toes.
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Aye I know what you mean with potatoes, I'm forever getting small cuts peeling them as I often do that with a knife too (forever misplacing my spud peelers) but its usually nothing.. Except for the time when I tried to cut a huge one in half and it slipped taking the knife out of my hand causing me to instinctively try to grab hold of it before it liberated a toe, but I grabbed the blade instead of the handle since it was falling causing a big cut along my mouse hand though it was superficial thankfully.

I really should get some kevlar gloves, would have stopped that and countless small cooking cuts from happening.

My dad is a surgeon in A&E as it happens and he tells me the most common injury he gets in from kitchen knives are from people throwing them in the washing up then swanning off to watch the x-factor before returning and diving through the suds with a death grip hoping to scrub it all through before the commercials end.

Another potential kitchen injury source to watch out for ;)

Though my most common is the old chilli fingers in the eye since I love making spicy food, you'd think I'd have learned not to rub my eyes when cooking by now but nope.

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