Sunday, September 7, 2008

When It Rain It Pours!

My wife and son checked into the hospital for 3 and 2 nights respectively due to upper respiratory tract infection.

I managed to slice a small piece of flesh off the tip of my left index finger with a cutter. After stamping the blood flow by pressing against the wound with my thumb. I replaced it with a piece of cotton gauze and wound plaster over to hold the gauze thus maintaining the pressure. Then I pour yellow liniment over the exposed part of the gauze soaking it to get the solution right into the wound. I poured again every few hours.

My finger was throbbing till I hit the sack. I woke the next morning and removed the gauze to check the wound. Blood started oozing out again. By removing the gauze I could have torn off the layer of coagulated blood that stemmed flow.

So the smartest move was to pay a visit to the Emergency. The good doctor thought I am a factory supervisor and have to use the cutter to cut boards and cards.

Is was an education for me of the new developments as well as a refresher of the old. The last I visited was for piercing my feet on a rusty nail possibly 20 years ago .

What remained but came in as a ‘sterilized’ kit?
1) Liquid in plastic squeezable bottle to wash the wound.
2. Three pairs of plastic tweezers to check and probe the wound to remove whatever foreign objects still remained. It hurts.
3) The antibiotic gauze for the wound.
4) The cotton gauze to hold the antibiotic gauze.
5) The tetanus jab.
6) The oral antibiotics.

What’s new?
1) I have a choice of having 2 stitches or a chemical glue (Histoacryl) that will bind the wound to stop the bleeding. I took the second option but the 2 drops of ‘glue’ pack a mean wallop for 2 seconds. They bite hard.
2) The skin coloured Coban plaster was non adhesive (no pulling out skin and hair) but still sticks better, holds better and could wrap it snugly over the finger tip without unsightly kinks and creases. Its did its intended job well and is aesthetically pleasing.
Coban by 3M
This is index and not the middle finger!
Total bill: About RM200.00 (incl. oral antibiotics).


Angie said...

After all showers, there comes a beautiful rainbow and the sun!! Take care.

Rasa Malaysia said...

Ouch, I am sorry to hear that, hope you are well. I just wanted to pop in and say hello to you as you are a dear reader of my humble blog.

Take care.

Life for Beginners said...

Ouchies. I hope things get better for you from now on. Take care, ya.

Tummythoz said...

Sounds like a nasty cut. Glue instead of stitches? I'm so 'out' of the medical scene. Thank goodness. Like angie mentioned, hope to read about rainbows from you soon!

backstreetgluttons said...

but it felt like a breeze tho