Attention fellow klutzies

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In case you don't already have them in your medicine cabinet, butterfly
closures would be a good addition.  I carelessly sliced open my left
thumb with an Exacto knife yesterday afternoon, and without a butterfly
would have had to go to town for stitches.

The ones we have are Johnson & Johnson, size medium (1-3/4" long) and
come in a back of ten for less than $2.  They are latex, so wouldn't be
good for anyone with a latex allergy.

Doreen in Alabama

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YEEEOUCH!  I hope it heals with no complications.

Beverly



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Thanks, Beverly.  I think it's going to be fine.  It bled mightily,
probably because of the aspirins I'd taken earlier in the day, so
shouldn't get infected.  Looked pretty good when I changed the bandage
this morning; the butterfly still is holding the edges securely together.

Funny thing, in years of using rotary cutters, I haven't cut myself.
Rarely use an Exacto, but whoops!

Doreen in Alabama

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Butterflies are a wonderful invention. The problem with the knife is
that the blade is so exposed. I leave that kind of cutting for DH, he
has a steadier hand and far more experience using an Xacto.
Juno

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All,
My nickname from my father was Murphey, as in that (in)famous law.
Was slicing carrots one night on a mandolin and nearly sliced through my
right forefinger.  Levelheaded son heavily wrapped it in paper towels and
then in ice in a baggie.
Doc at the ER said I'd lose the tip of my finger but he applied butterflies
anyway.   Six months later the fingernail and skin had completely returned
to normal.
Lesson: Don't slice with a mandolin.
              Stop the blood with ice.
               Layer butterflies on until you look like one.
AK in PA



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 invest in a chainmail glove for using the mandolin.
you can make butterfly bandages with bandage adhesive tape,
just cut a length & twist in the middle. my mom was a nurse &
that's how she patched up us kids ;)

lee
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Ouch!!!  Good thing you were prepared, those suckers are sharp.

-Irene

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I am so sorry, slicing your thumb is not fun.  Yes, butterfly bandages are
great to have on hand for such cuts.  I hope the thumb heals rapidly with no
complications.
Emily



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Much sympathy!  You're right about butterfly bandaids, but those are no
help where I managed to get my hand with the kitchen scissors.  You see,
I was cutting open a bag of cheese sticks when the bag slipped and I
grabbed for it and got my hand with the scissors -- at the base of the
pinkie on the outside, right in the crease.  It has been interesting - I
thought it had healed up when it popped open again and we're starting
the process all over.  The worst of it is that I very nearly did it
again opening another bag.....     Slow learner?   :(

--
Joanne
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I get to play with the good bandages as an EMT. We have some nice small
wound closures that work great and stick like you wouldn't believe. I'll
have to look up the manufacturer and post it. We also have some nice
glue for use on wounds. It is basically a medical version of super glue.
  I also use regular super glue on my dry skin in the winter. Works
great on those skin cracks.

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Steve W.
Near Cooperstown, New York

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My doc told me to use it on heel cracks, which I get especially in the
winter.  Trying to do better, got some gooey stuff to put on, and a rasp
to remove callus....it's just that it's boring!  LOL!
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Joanne
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 > My doc told me to use it on heel cracks, which I get especially in the
 > winter.  Trying to do better, got some gooey stuff to put on, and a
 > rasp to remove callus....it's just that it's boring!  LOL!


What do you use to remove calluses?

I have ended up with a pumice stone from the janitorial supply place --
it's a bar about 1 x 1.5 x 9 inches.  After I shower, I put hand
sanitizer on it (it doesn't goop up as much as lotion) and "sand away"
at the calluses.  Works great.


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I have a gadget from Dr. Scholl's section of the store - it looks like a
rasp.  It works, although slowly.  But if it took off great hunks, it
would probably take some of me with it, so I try not to complain.  There
must be something wrong with the way I walk because I get these peculiar
calluses on the side of my heels.

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Joanne
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I read somewhere, although I don't know if I should believe it or not,
that those are actually a form of athlete's foot.

If you ever go in a restaurant supply place or have the opportunity to
get a real pumice stone (they're gray and rather dense), try that
instead.  I have tried the rasp things, the ceramic file things, and I
am much, MUCH happier with the pumice stone.

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I too prefer a pumice stone.  Use it right after your shower or bath when
your skin is still soft, or in the bath or shower.  And slather on lots of
lotion before you put on socks, and before you go to bed.

Sharon


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Same routine here. The side calluses are caused if you walk with your
toes facing in a direction other than the direction of travel. My
problem is that my feet both are twisted toward the outside. When I walk
the tracks look like duck tracks. The result is that shoes rub against
the sides of the feet and cause the calluses. Pigeon toed folks normally
get similar calluses closer to the outer sides of the toes.
The condition it made MUCH worse if you have dry skin or if you have
poor circulation in your feet.

I have used the rasp type items and also bought stick on sandpaper discs
and used them stuck to a ping-pong paddle.

One thing that will make a big difference in the cracks is a trick I
also use on my hands. Buy some good lotion. Wash the hands/feet very
well. Dry off and slather the appendage with a real medicated lotion. I
use Bag Balm from Tractor Supply (Wal~Mart has it but at a higher price)
WARNING: IT STINKS. Once the item is coated I put on a pair of rubber
gloves or for feet I wrap them with some plastic wrap. Put on a sock and
set for an hour or more. Longer is better. Then remove the wrap and dry
the hand/foot and enjoy the healed cracks.

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Steve W.
Near Cooperstown, New York

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Bag Balm (affectionately known by my children as Bag Bomb when they were
little, the word "balm" wasn't in their vocabulary, they couldn't read
yet to see what was printed on the can, and I used it as the magic cure
for every "ouchie" they had -- "Mommy, I fell down and bumped myself."
"Here, Sweetie, let me put some Bag Bomb on it.") does NOT stink!!!!!
It smells WONDERFUL.   Must be nostalgia.

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But - Badger Foot Balm actually works on my thick/cracked/bleeding soles,
while sanders and Bag Balm  just make me feel I am doing something
(ineffectual).  Long walks on the beach work too:)
Karen in CO



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 oooh! a fellow Badger fan :) i'm impressed with their
(newish) cuticle care cream too. first time in years i haven't
had bad hangnails by March (my house is about 20% humidity for
8 months/year).
 i liked the Anti-Bug balm until last summer when they changed
the formula to include cironella (which i'm violently allergic
to). fortunately i still have an old can & i have Crocodile,
neither of which has the evil citronella. i doubt the
efficancy of citronella anyway. it certainly doesn't work on
black flies or deer flies, which are far worse than
mosquitoes.
lee
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Will have to try the cuticle care cream.  Wore gloves when making silkweight
powerdry undershirts for the DDs's Christmas.  Pinned gloves to fabric,
too - lots of fun.
Karen in CO



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