Tuesday, July 7, 2009

A Cautionary Tale

So this is a cautionary tale.....It was a hard lesson learned and I'd like others to not have to learn it the same way...

As I've mentioned in earlier posts, I'm not a huge fan of cooking or cleaning. I don't mind eating, and I don't mind making a mess. But there are times that when I think about my life and I look around my house, and my eyes hurt and I feel sick to my stomach (this is due to things being unorganized--not that I'm living in a dump.) During the school year, my focus is the kids and school and I really only have about 2 hours when I come home to get stuff done. Somehow, the schoolwork tends to take precedent and will snowball on me if I don't keep up with it. In the summertime, I become much more domesticated and cook and clean. I even do those things more than once a day! Which is where our story begins...


I was standing in the kitchen, pondering what to cook for supper and when to finish washing the dishes in the sink. One of the items waiting for my attention was the brand new food processor that I purchased prior to the Fourth of July. I was getting tired of borrowing my mom's and I was going to make cole slaw for our family dinner.


(Side note: I was able to operate the food processor and the cole slaw was totally yummy.)


I had washed off the food processor and set it beside the sink so that I could really clean it later. Last night ended up being the "later." I was real careful, I took paper towels (and I use Viva, the good stuff) and wiped it down. The base and the container were both done. I look down and see that the blade still needs some attention. You can probably guess what's coming next....


As I was carefully cleaning the blade, I inadvertently sliced open the pad of my thumb. Thankfully, I was already at the sink, so I quickly washed it off and applied pressure while Raelynn got me some paper towels. That didn't help and it started hurting really badly.


Several blood-soaked paper towels later.... David comes in and asks what's wrong. I'm laying on the couch, holding my thumb and have a pained look on my face. I quickly explained what happened and he told me to use some liquid bandage or superglue to close the wound. I considered this but couldn't get the bleeding to stop. Really. I used pressure and ice and it still bled really heavily for about an hour and a half. David went bike riding with my nephew and I stayed behind to get the bleeding under control.


When David returned, he did a real good job of doctoring me up. It turns out that we don't have any liquid bandage or superglue, so he took medical tape and taped my thumb up. It continued to bleed for awhile. I also took some Tylenol for the pain. After awhile, it seemed to get better.


At this point, I'm really hungry, so I bypass the food processor blade and make some spaghetti. It was yummy. After I ate, it was time to get Raelynn ready for bed and for me to take a bath. I didn't want my thumb to get wet, so I put on a surgical glove and rubber banded the wrist and took a bath. This was successful.



So.......now it is the morning after, and David has just left to go to the dentist. I'll wait for him to come home before I try to remove the tape. Knowing me, I'd cut myself with the scissors and have to start all over again.


Bottom line: Cooking and cleaning can be hazardous to your health. Be careful when you do either!

2 comments:

Crystal said...

I love the bottom line, I think I'll show this post to Wesley next time I don't feel like cooking or cleaning :-) I hope your thumb heals up soon. Oh, and I like the new blog header, very cute.

Kathy said...

I'm with Crystal on the new header - I love it! As for your thumb, OUCH! It sounds very painful indeed. I love the surgical glove and rubber band idea for keeping it from getting wet. Not many people would think of that... Just one of the many reasons I think you're great....