What to Do When You've Sliced Your Finger.

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Intro: 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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33 Discussions

I cut my finger pretty good the other night. Really should have snapped a photo of what it first looked like. I was trying to dice an onion like the pro Rachael Ray to save time. Obviously that didn't work.

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AndrewD39

2 years ago

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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nickduffy1999AndrewD39

Reply 11 months ago

Oh my friend you are definetly in a similar boat to me, Architect student here... every other day I get these cuts, luckily the extremely thin blades cuts are so fine they are able to make clean cuts without tearing anything else.

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Rociozzzzzzz

1 year ago

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

1 year ago

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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dperkins6spencdood

Reply 1 year ago

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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wingfixer

2 years ago

this was great. made me laugh.

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TannerL5

2 years ago

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

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DaveM170

2 years ago

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

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emrosefreeman

2 years ago

This really cheered me up thanks. Lol so good.

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CorreyS1

2 years ago

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

2 years ago

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

2 years ago

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

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DavidG110

3 years ago

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

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DaddysGal22

3 years ago

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

3 years ago on Introduction

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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