I have been wanting to get out of the house so I decided to slice my index finger open and let it bleed all over the kitchen towel, the sink, the knife...it took me a few seconds to get my first aid kid open.
Yup. I am a moron.
Despite firm pressure on gobs of gauze and holding my finger higher than my heart...it kept bleeding. At least I missed an artery. Snort.
I let 17yo rewrap finger....it kept bleeding through.
I looked over at spouse and said, "Pretty darn sure I need stitches."
"Are you sure?!?"
"YES!!!!!", rolling my eyes almost audibly.
"I have to hit the bathroom and then I'll take you.", as he shut the door.
In my head, "DUDE! I'm bleeding here. You know, my precious type A+ completely disease free blood is oozing through another bandage...grrrr"
No question of "Does it hurt?"
We drove 15 minutes to Urgent Care because I refuse to hit that idiotic ER again.
I had no pain. I just kept the pressure on and the hand above the heart. It took 10 minutes to check in and then I waited.
Three people who were much sicker than I got in the back before I did. No problem. They looked pretty darn sick, like throwing up flu sick. I stayed far away from anyone who looked sick.
I was called back and a super cool LPN guy took my vitals and then irrigated my finger. I began to feel stinging. Ow. More sterile gauze and pressure.
I waited 30-60 minutes for the doctor. I amused myself by listening to everyone else's symptoms and diagnosing them in my head. Hey nursing students are easy to entertain.
Doctor came in and agreed that I was right and I did need some stitches. She even offered to let me do them. I think she was kidding cuz I would have loved to do my own stitches.
The most painful part~local anesthetic. OWIE.
3 lovely stitches later and a way cool finger gauze bandage later and I was finished. Doc asked if I needed pain meds and I blithely answered no way I hadn't felt anything....stupid me. It's all stingy now that the local has worn. Not agonizing but definitely an owwwwwwwwwwwwwwie.
I was a very brave girl and it got me outta the house. Snort, only in my life.