Introduction: What to Do When You've Sliced Your Finger.

You have attempted to cut the tip of your finger off with a very sharp blade. Do not cry. 
In this first step you'll want to wrap your finger and hold it above you're head like you've been taught to do. 
It should only be a few seconds before curiosity sets in and you peel the wrap off to have a look. At this point you will want to photograph your injury, otherwise you'll be met with 'no pics-didn't happen' from your friends. 

Step 1: Explain Your Current Position to Those Around You.

Start by yelling "I'VE DONE SOMETHING BAD."
The response will probably be, "Haha. Is there blood?"
The appropriate reaction is, "Uh...yeah. Yeah, some blood."

At this point all people within earshot will probably stop laughing and run to your side. 
None of them have cars because you live in 'bike friendly' Portland, Oregon. Your friends will direct you to the closest bus that will take you to the closest hospital. 

Get on that bus. Explain to the bus driver what you have done and calmly take a seat near the front. 
Take your paper towel wrap off again and watch the faces of the strangers around you. They may be upset that you are assessing your injury in such a public place. Take another picture. 

Step 2: At the Hospital

You'll arrive at the hospital. They will check you in, and possibly crack some jokes about how you failed at cutting your thumb tip all the way off. "Do or do not, there is no try," the doctor will tell you with a chuckle. 
Let them clean 'er off. Take some more pictures. 

If they think you've hit the bone, they will order an x-ray. After cleaning it, but before stitches/x-ray they will re-wrap your finger. It may look like a part of male genitalia . It's ok to laugh. 

Step 3: Stitches.

They'll shoot you with Lidocaine in your thumb. These needle pokes will hurt more than the flap of your thumb does. It's ok, it will go numb in a second. 
You can try to watch the doctor sew your thumb, but they'll tell you it's best if you don't look. The doctor may even go so far as to block your field of view with his/her arm. Pictures are not allowed at this point. It's ok to be sad about this. 

The doctor may say, "Sweetie, don't get your hopes up. Your thumb tip may not take."
Listen carefully as she explains after care to you, and explains that it may turn grey and flake off. It's ok if this happens, it will nearly grow back. Your thumb print will try and regenerate, but it might be a little wonky. 

Smile as you silently compare your amazing thumb to a starfish. 

Step 4: Stitches Will Be Removed in 10 Days.

10 days is a pretty long time to have an out of commission thumb. 
This may be your last few days with your current thumb tip. Use nail polish and photoshop to make the best of your remaining time together. 

Instructable to be continued. 

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Rociozzzzzzz made it!(author)2017-02-06

I cut the tip of my thumb off last week. One thing that stopped the bleeding almost instantly was turmeric. It also cut my healing time down

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DaveH127 made it!(author)2016-11-24

30+ years ago I discovered that trying to saw a kerf into the end of an axe handle with a bow saw while holding the axe handle barehanded is a bad idea. Luckily it was only about 8 puncture wounds. Scars add character to your hands.

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spencdood made it!(author)2016-10-09

lol you all really haven't cut your fingers have you.

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dperkins6 made it!(author)2016-10-21

scars are a indication of learning so if you get hurt you learn lol trust me I have a few on the first of this year a lost the tip of the side of my left thumb to a drill press not properly clamped one of my many things of learning

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dperkins6 made it!(author)2016-10-21

I lost*

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spencdood made it!(author)2016-10-09

mondays always gets ya real good.

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VasiliyH made it!(author)2016-09-24

Yeah!

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Ahhhmee made it!(author)2016-09-15

Just cut a good chunk of my fingertip off while trying to peel potatoes. I just wanted potato soup, not this nonsense.

It's not too bad, but enough for my morbid self to go "no no no no wait yes but no no no"

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wingfixer made it!(author)2016-09-14

this was great. made me laugh.

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TannerL5 made it!(author)2016-05-18

Just did this after i cut it while cutting an onion now to go finish. Ha

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DaveM170 made it!(author)2016-04-24

This is the best thing ever. Sitting here cleaning up blood and laughing because of this article. Well done

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emrosefreeman made it!(author)2016-03-18

This really cheered me up thanks. Lol so good.

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baranatas made it!(author)2016-03-01

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AndrewD39 made it!(author)2016-01-20

Due to the fact I work with x-acto knives all day long, I tend to get many small cuts, and they're a pain because I'm a bleeder, and I always soak through bandaids and get blood on what I'm working on... The best thing I have discovered is super glue, I disinfect and apply a couple layers of super glue and I'm good to go! Probably not a good idea for a caut as bad as the one shown here though..

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CorreyS1 made it!(author)2016-01-18

An injury like that is what my cousin actually dealt with last night at her job. She was working way too fast trying to saw a pipe at her warehouse that she ended up cutting her finger. Her co-worker was able to take her to the hospital to get it treated. The next day, her boss let her go even though he knew what happened. In this situation, she's trying to find a personal injury attorney to settle this case because it does sound somewhat unfair.http://www.injuryattorneylafayettein.com/personal-injury-.html

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CorreyS1 made it!(author)2016-01-18

An injury like that is what my cousin actually dealt with last night at her job. She was working way too fast trying to saw a pipe at her warehouse that she ended up cutting her finger. Her co-worker was able to take her to the hospital to get it treated. The next day, her boss let her go even though he knew what happened. In this situation, she's trying to find a personal injury attorney to settle this case because it does sound somewhat unfair.http://www.injuryattorneylafayettein.com/personal-injury-.html

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SvenIronhand made it!(author)2016-01-06

That is why when I use massively sharp whatevers I use leather welding gloves. Except when using power tools.

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DavidG110 made it!(author)2015-08-31

I found this post very useful since I've just done this....

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DaddysGal22 made it!(author)2015-06-15

One time I almost cut the tip of my finger off like this. I was trying to close my (sharp) pocket knife and my finger got in the way. I just put a million band aids on it and went on with my day. Later it started bleeding out again. If only I had seen this before hand lol

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IANM8 made it!(author)2015-03-13

I cut the tip off mine with a sharp stanley knife. Bandaged it kept it clean and six days later the wound has almost closed.

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CD_tatro made it!(author)2015-01-07

mash it in saw dust, you have 9 more.

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fortress14 made it!(author)2014-10-22

Seems whenever I cut myself good, whether with a knife or mandoline, I always hear this little voice, " that didn't really just happen!"

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slo5oh made it!(author)2014-06-19

I swear I commented on this, maybe it got deleted?

I took the top of one of my fingers off using a mandoline (the kitchen tool, not musical instrument). Refusing to go to the doctor for what I saw as merely a scratch I cleaned everything with alcohol slapped the detached piece back on and superglued over the top of it. Only after it healed did I realize that I put the cut part of my finger back on upside down so I've now altered my finger print.

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Phillistine made it!(author)2014-05-21

stick it back on with superglue

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noltus made it!(author)2014-01-24

Just tack it together again

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mtmushu made it!(author)2012-12-11

i sliced my finger in the same way, I was trying the sharpness of a new knife that I had already bought, but my cut wasn't so deep so i haven't to go to the hospital

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MaskMarvl made it!(author)2012-12-07

Auuuuugh!! D:

A similar thing happened to me once, I was trying to make a small canal on a tip of a wooden stick using a very sharp kitchen knife. The wood split to the side and the knife kept going right into my thumb. Fortunately, my fingernail stopped the blade from traveling further. Next, I panicked and wrapped my thumb with toilet paper and squeezed the wound shut tightly for about 10 minutes. After the cold sweat from my forehead had dried and calmness had set in... I unwrapped my thumb and noticed that the wound was practically sealed shut. So, I just cleaned it thoroughly and badaged it tightly. After a few days it was healed. No stitches! :D

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dreiseratops made it!(author)2012-05-07

Nice work. Howd ya pull that one?
Blergh you got my stomach all gross.

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amywho made it!(author)2012-05-07

I was looking in a direction that was virtually the opposite of my fingers and the rotating blade. Whoops.

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dreiseratops made it!(author)2012-05-07

What kind of rotating blade?

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amywho made it!(author)2012-05-08

I was cutting a screen with a circular knife blade.
Trying to make a window screen with a frame for my bedroom.
When I have a chance I'm just going to staple the piece of screen up.

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ilpug made it!(author)2012-05-07

Ooh, Gore!
This is basically how I react to this sort of thing.

Good job!

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ilpug made it!(author)2012-05-07

Ooh, Gore!
This is basically how I react to this sort of thing.

Good job!

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