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Finger First Aid.....HELP!

utahgimme2

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Hey All,
I foolishly decided to try out a mandolin slicer today and sliced a tiny portion of the tip of my index finger off while using it. Stupid me!!!

Anyways....no stitches or ER visits were necessary.

However, I am supposed to jam on Thursday and really want to play. The injury happened to my pick hand. I have it wrapped up now and can't play very well because of difficulty holding the pick. I am hoping it heals up by Thursday but just in case, does anyone have any good suggestions on what to put on the cut it so I can play? Has this ever happened to anyone?

Thanks!
 

tsar nicholas

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^ Try using a shaved -down thumbpick as a normal pick. It's clumsy, but at least you won't fall out of your hand. I did this when I had a right-hand injury with (barely) adequate results
 

utahgimme2

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^ Try using a shaved -down thumbpick as a normal pick. It's clumsy, but at least you won't fall out of your hand. I did this when I had a right-hand injury with (barely) adequate results
Good idea....I never used one before. Thanks!

I kinda sliced off a little of my thumb too :bonk, so any other ideas are appreciated.
 

Motterpaul

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Here is something I used when I cut my left middle finger before a gig...

I covered it in liquid bandage and then I took the tip off a rubber glove, put it over the fingertip and held that down with surgical tape. It protects your open wound but still has some grip to it.

My band nickname is now "Slice"
 

'58Bassman

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Hey All,
I foolishly decided to try out a mandolin slicer today and sliced a tiny portion of the tip of my index finger off while using it. Stupid me!!!

Anyways....no stitches or ER visits were necessary.

However, I am supposed to jam on Thursday and really want to play. The injury happened to my pick hand. I have it wrapped up now and can't play very well because of difficulty holding the pick. I am hoping it heals up by Thursday but just in case, does anyone have any good suggestions on what to put on the cut it so I can play? Has this ever happened to anyone?

Thanks!
If it's not more than just a little painful, use the Action Strip bandages- Walgreens sells them. They're vinyl and a bit tacky, so the pick shouldn't slip. If you ever narf a finger on your fretting hand, use the cloth ones. I dinged my left index finger when I was using my brand-new tongue & groove router bit- my first thought was "Aw, crap- how is this gonna screw up my playing?". I'm not a pro, but still.....

I lost a V shaped piece of skin (they couldn't re-attach it) and I used the cloth bandages- one over the end, with the pad on the wound, then one wrapped around the tip so it was as smooth as possible. I wrapped another the same way so the tabs near my second knuckle would be covered and to keep the whole thing in place. I was playing in a week.
 

utahgimme2

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I covered it in liquid bandage and then I took the tip off a rubber glove, put it over the fingertip and held that down with surgical tape. It protects your open wound but still has some grip to it.
That is a great idea! Thank You!

Anyone ever use super glue or something like that?
 

Crowbar

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tape the pick to your finger. In any case I imagine its gonna hurt a bit before the session is through.
 

CraigSuperLead

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I've been through this type of thing. It was not fun at all though.

Sadly, my only suggestion is what I had to ultimately do:

Use your thumb and middle finger to hold the pick.

I did it, it sucked, but I got through the next few nights, until the injury healed up a bit.

Good luck!
 

spamsponge

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That is a great idea! Thank You!

Anyone ever use super glue or something like that?
I've used super glue on split/torn calluses and it works well.
Super glue was originally created for wounds so...

http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=85071 said:
Superglue was used by trauma surgeons in Vietnam to glue the edges of lacerated livers together (ever try to SEW liver?). Works great. It also works perfectly fine in normal skin wounds, and is non-toxic.
The only reason it hasn't been approved by the FDA for this purpose is that the studies would cost millions, and who's going to pay them? Superglue has long since passed off-patent.

I work occasionally at a private research lab which does
experimental surgical research on animals. In dogs, we had a lot of
problem with oozing and infection at sites where arterial catheters
were left in. Now we superglue them and all that problem is gone.

The glue doesn't interfere with healing, and it seals excellently. It is as resistent to abscessing as staples, and seals far better. For
wounds in animals which have been anticoagulated, it's a godsend.
Survival animals which have catheters pulled later suffer no ill
effects, and the wounds heal fine.
Steve Harris, M.D.
 

Hwoltage

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^^^^^
Used it all the time on my own fingers! Works great.

My advice: Get the gel not the thin runny stuff. You can form a perfect "tip" out of it, and then use a fine nail file to buff the rough edges off. Rock On!! :dude
 
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Super glue for holding a cut closed.

There's this Nexcare brand stuff that's not as good at holding a cut closed, but it dries sort of tacky- so you can use it to hold things, where super glue leaves your fingertip slick.
 

Hwoltage

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Super glue for holding a cut closed.

There's this Nexcare brand stuff that's not as good at holding a cut closed, but it dries sort of tacky- so you can use it to hold things, where super glue leaves your fingertip slick.
Liquid Band-Aid I think is what you're referring to. For a pick hand that probably would be a better choice as with either, you lose sensitivity. At least with the Band-Aid stuff you would still have some grip.
 

spamsponge

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The nexcare stuff will not stay in place like super glue, it peels off very easily. (On me anyway.)

Hwoltage is right about the gel too. Put it on too thick then use a nail file to shape it and also rough it up if necessary. I actually have a little bag of stuff in my cable bag because I tend to tear up my calluses or split my nails. Gel Super Glue, good nail clippers, fine nail file and an emery board. Never missed a gig due to callus problems after I learned about the super glue trick.
 

utahgimme2

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Thanks for all the replies and ideas!

Heading to Walgreens in the morning for the following:

Action Strip bandages
Liquid Band-Aid
Gel Super Glue
Rubber Gloves

I will keep y'all posted on what works....I figure some combination has to do the trick!
 




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