Finger First Aid.....HELP!

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  1. utahgimme2

    utahgimme2 Member

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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!
     
  2. tsar nicholas

    tsar nicholas Member

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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
     
  3. DustyRhodesJr

    DustyRhodesJr Supporting Member

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    Maybe you could change to a thumbpick for the gig?
     
  4. utahgimme2

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    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.
     
  5. Motterpaul

    Motterpaul Tone is in the Ears

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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"
     
  6. '58Bassman

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    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.
     
  7. utahgimme2

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    That is a great idea! Thank You!

    Anyone ever use super glue or something like that?
     
  8. 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.
     
  9. 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!
     
  10. spamsponge

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    I've used super glue on split/torn calluses and it works well.
    Super glue was originally created for wounds so...

     
  11. 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
     
  12. The Golden Boy

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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.
     
  13. Hwoltage

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    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.
     
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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.
     
  15. 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!
     
  16. Hwoltage

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    Gel Crazy Glue also works, though I think it takes longer to dry.
     

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