The Power of 3

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The Power of 3

This is what I needed this week – my head the only thing showing. Why? Have you ever heard the old saying that bad things come in three’s? I may be sentencing myself to another mishap by even mentioning this but…

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First thing that happened this week was that I knocked a really heavy drinking glass on to my bare foot in the middle of the night. It did not break anything, but you couldn’t tell from all the swelling and the pretty black and blue colors it turned. The pain was excruciating.

Second thing that happened was just plain stupidity on my part. I was breaking apart a wooden lawn ornament and sent a piece of it straight through from one side of my thumb clear through to the other and up through the fingernail. It was nasty… There was lots of blood and cutting away of broken pieces of my thumb. Cleaned it up, went to the after hours clinic and got a tetanus shot and special antibiotic ointment. So not the way I had planned my day.

I have either forgotten the third thing or it has yet to make its appearance.

What did I learn from this? The biggest thing I learned is that things have changed yet again in the way you treat a wound, like the number I did on my thumb. I was raised that you let the wound bleed to help wash out dirt, etc. Wash it with soap and water. Then you treat it with a healthy dose of hydrogen peroxide. Finally you dress the wound with an antibiotic ointment and keep it covered. Well apparently using hydrogen peroxide as a cleaning agent is frowned upon now. It is too caustic and kills the good cells that are needed for healing the wound. My bad…

I also learned that the only way you can get vaccinated for whooping cough is if you get it with your tetanus shot. Apparently there is a pandemic of it where I live, so I timed this whole injuring myself thing just right.

So how are things going for you?

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  1. Oops, hope you heals swiftly!

    That saying I'm sure has caused more harm than good:-) Bet you there are people all over the world waiting for the second and thrid thing to happen. And then….

    • Geek Girl says:

      yeah, I can't seem to get past that saying. It is most likely and old tale…

  2. I cringed reading about your thumb. That had to hurt.

    • Geek Girl says:

      OMG it was awful…. getting better now though. 🙂

  3. @JeriWB says:

    No thumb impaling or foot smashing going on here, so I guess things are good with me. Hope you're feeling a bit better, but keep an eye out for number three…

    • Geek Girl says:

      I am taking the view that number has already come and gone. Safer that way. 🙂

  4. carolcovin says:

    Ouch. Hope you are recovered. Shots have certainly changed, as have cleaning wounds. Remember mercurachrome? No more mercury.

    • Geek Girl says:

      Oh yes I do remember that. And Methiolate.. I think that was it. That was truly nasty painful stuff…

  5. findingourwaynow says:

    That thumb incident sent chills up my back. AUCH! What a week you had. That was interesting. I would have thought the same regarding how to care for an injury. I guess the only way to know is to have an incident like yours. I think I'll forgo that… LOL.

    • Geek Girl says:

      Yeah, I would skip the whole experience if I were you. LOL