Gory pics

Mar. 7th, 2006 12:43 am
lnr: (purple hair 2006)

With thanks to jpmg for recommending Gphoto2 (I'd not even thought of free software at the point I realised my camera needed software to talk to it over USB), those of you who wish to can now see what my finger looks like.

http://pics.livejournal.com/lnr/tags/finger/

Userpic is from other pics uploaded at same time. See http://pics.livejournal.com/lnr/gallery/0000t4p3 for the non-gory ones.

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Removed the assorted dressings, and discovered there was still a little bleeding. Replaced the sticky dressing with one of the spares, they're basically rather snazzy plasters. Also reapplied the bandage: if it's still bleeding the pressure won't hurt, and it's really rather ugly and at least this way it's hidden. Rather late into work due to the time this took and having overslept anyway, but hey I'm here. One very cold hand because my glove wouldn't fit. Off to go be a talking point over coffee.

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A quiet night in? That's what I had planned for this evening. It would be amusing to blame The Grates for what follows, with their exhortation to do the washing up at last night's gig, but somehow I suspect it wasn't really their fault.

I got home a bit after 7, intending to eat dinner then settle down with my book for the evening and get an early night, but figured I should do the washing up first. I even got most of it done, but about 10 to 8 as I was washing one of the last few glasses a big piece snapped out of the rim as I pushed my hand inside to clean it, and my little finger followed through with the momentum of it and sliced itself open quite deeply.

My first instinct was to stick it in my mouth, but before it had even got there I knew that it was too bad for that. I stuck it under the running tap then grabbed a teatowel to wrap it in before remembering to turn off the tap. Using the towel to apply pressure, and keeping my hand a bit raised I wondered what to do next, and cursed the fact I'd left my mobile at work. You suddenly realise all the people you could contact if only you had their number, like Mike. I turned to irc for advice and help - but unfortunately the only people around weren't in Cambridge. Thankfully said advice was roughly what I was already doing though: keep pressure on it, and hopefully in 10-15 mins the bleeding should subside. And if it's deep go to A&E. It's hard to type when one hand bleeds if you let go of the pressure on it from the other, and I got a bit panicky and upset about being on my own and not sure what to do, but people on irc helped keep me a bit calmer. After 20 mins it was still bleeding lots whenever I took the pressure off and looked at it. I'd managed to get hold of Mike on MSN and he said he'd be right over, so I booked a taxi for 15 mins later, and we both went off to A&E.

By this time it's about quarter to nine. Nurse took a look at finger, once again said I was doing the right thing keeping pressure on it, and found me a piece of gauze to use instead of the grubby teatowel, and left me to wait for the doctor. So we waited. And actually it could have been a lot more unpleasant. It didn't really hurt too much, and Mike was good company and kept me talking which made the time pass much quicker. Which is just as well. Assorted emergencies meant there was only one doctor on duty dealing with the minor accidents, and it was three hours before my turn came. He turns out to be a nice chap, youngish, accent that I think was French, quick friendly manner. By this time the blood has finally clotted somewhat, and the gauze has stuck to my finger. We stick it under the tap, and he pulls it off, which makes it hurt lots for the first time properly. He has a quick look, takes the details again and then says he'll get the nurse to superglue and bandage it. He leaves me with instructions: see my GP if it gets infected, don't get it wet and don't cut it again. Seems fair. Consultation over in under 5 minutes. It takes the nurse a little longer to patch it up. Tugging the gauze off has set it bleeding freely again, and she's a bit concerned as she applies the superglue to it that it won't stick as well because of the blood. She adds a couple of steristrips, a layer to stop the dressing sticking and to soak up some of the blood, a sticky dressing, and then a cartoon style bandage wrapped round and fastened in tape, to help keep the pressure on. I'm finally sent home with a couple of spare sticky dressings, and told I can remove the bandage and dressings in the morning and replace with a new one, but to leave the glue and strips alone. The glue will apparently form something like a scab and I should leave it alone and not pick it.

We got another taxi home and finally I got some dinner at around 12:15. So much for an early quiet night in. And expensive too - nearly 25 quid on taxis. Sadly eating so soon before bed has left me somewhat indigestiony which woke me up and then my cough started playing up, so I figured I'd come and write this up while it calms down again. I'm not in any real pain, just a bit of discomfort and a bloody big bandage in the way. I'm not really looking forward to looking after it for the next week. Just glad I don't faint at the sight of blood! It would have been a bit of a nuisance given I was at home on my own. But hey at least not being able to get it wet will get me out of the washing up for a while.

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Considered opinion of consultant is that it's not actually broken, though he said that amount of bruising would normally indicate a fracture. He reckons it's actually just badly sprained, so I'm still to keep it strapped to the adjacent one for the meantime, but I have a much more convenient removable dressing thing, and a spare one so I can wash it and still always keep it strapped up.

Swollen foot is considered to be a result of walking oddly so I don't get the pumping effect from my calf muscles that I normally would and hence foot retaining fluid, not helped by recent hot weather. Doctor also reckoned I should cycle more slowly! Intend to attempt to go rescue bike after work anyway with help from August's car. And bought a new bike light at lunchtime, to replace the shattered one. I think it's the same as Mobbsy's.

Back at work this afternoon, achy but coping, and getting much sympathy in the corridors. Scab on my arm is beginning to flake off and itch and I'm having to try hard not to pick at it, since quite blatantly not all of it is ready to come off yet and I'd only make it worse. Awfully tempting though. I thought one was supposed to grow out of these things?
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Finger broken, got to go back to hand clinic on Tuesday morning and keep it strapped up til then. Given driving testis on Wednesday morning I've had to cancel it, because I can't drive. No chance of getting money back. No possibility of another test before August, when my theory runs out. Feel like whole attempt to learn to drive has been a complete and utter waste of money, and not even just my money at that since much of it was a gift in BSM vouchers.

Didn't get to reschedule lunch with August because I was stuck in addies and he was busy anyway. I think I probably hurt too much to do B-movie tonight.

What a mess.

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