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Ask not for whom the vacuum sucks

I cut my thumb on the vacuum cleaner yesterday morning.

The VACUUM CLEANER fer dog's sake. The wound bled. I washed it. I slapped a bandage on it. I kept cleaning. But the kicker was last night, the thumb stopped wanting to bend, in kind of a weird way. Like in a "that cut wasn't nearly bad enough for this" kind of way. Like an infectious way. So, before bed, I reopened the wound and cleaned it out with hydrogen peroxide and slapped some Neosporin on it (I'm slow to Neosporin because I don't like to, you know, rely on that stuff). And this morning the thumb bent, with much less pain, and the wound looked kind of like a blister because I had managed to cut a skin-flap, not just lay open a tidy slice; but it was kind of red around the skin flap, and when I pressed on it, it oozed pus. PUS! So. Frickin'. Cool. I don't mean the essence of pus, or what it represents, but just... it's like magic. "Look what my body did!" So then I de-pussed and recleaned and 'sporined and bandaged and went on with my day.

I really wasn't meant to be a medical professional; I know that. But a little cut is like fun in the bank.


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Feb. 11th, 2007 09:00 pm (UTC)
Oooh, pus! *is impressed* That's some pretty quick infection, if you only sustained the cut yesterday, and by the end of the day it was already pustastic.

On the drive home last night, I kept waiting for my body to realize that I had engaged in prolonged cat-petting, and for my hand to swell up like a balloon or something, but it seems that my transgression flew in under the immune system radar.
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Feb. 12th, 2007 02:30 am (UTC)
Flap cuts are more prone to infection--good to know! Anyway. We seem to be pus-free today. I'm a mite disappointed, and yet, not.

Last winter, this girl at work fell down on the ice on her way to work and scraped her hands pretty badly... a day later, she asked what infection looked like. I said, "Well, if you get red lines going towards your heart... that's BAD." And the day after that she was like, "This kind of red line?" She had to go get all cleaned up, and her pus was *green.*

I'm not saying I want green pus, but wow.
Feb. 12th, 2007 03:04 am (UTC)
awww i miss our little pustulate :0
Feb. 12th, 2007 11:51 am (UTC)
Pustulant Sarah!
Feb. 13th, 2007 10:41 pm (UTC)
You obviously need to hold a "the right way to wipe out on ice in Ann Arbor" practicum.

Bwahahaha. One of my favorite Mer moments.

"Do you need a han-" "NOOOO!"




"Help me up!"
Feb. 12th, 2007 02:28 am (UTC)
Well, it was a good fifteen hours later. Maybe seventeen. I can't do that kind of math, you know.

Glad your hand escaped the cat dander mafia!
Feb. 12th, 2007 02:57 am (UTC)
To sporin or not to sporin
I understand a reluctance to self-medicate for serious things, but I've never understood my friends who have a bad headache and won't pop a Tylenol or two. Because they "can handle it," because "it will go away," or "I don't like to take medicine." But a reluctance to 'sporin?

*craziness confirmed*
Feb. 12th, 2007 11:50 am (UTC)
Re: To sporin or not to sporin
Oh, sure, Megan. Just breed superbacteria all over the place like an irresponsible person...
Feb. 13th, 2007 10:45 pm (UTC)
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