In the kitchen yesterday afternoon, my youngest son badly cut his finger on a new mandoline slicer I bought from Linens and Things. He was trying it out and we hadn’t read the instructions and one thing led to another and he accidentally sliced his finger on the ultra-sharp blade.
I watched as he ran to the kitchen sink to rinse it under running water, and noticed a squirt of blood had pumped out of his finger and I knew this wasn’t your typical cut on the finger. Matter of fact it was bleeding quite a bit and after several paper towels soaked in blood and some drops of blood on the kitchen tiles, we quickly headed out the door to go to Urgent Care.
At Scripps Clinic’s Urgent Care Unit
Fortunately, it was very slow at the Urgent Care, so there was no real waiting. After filling out some paperwork a nurse wisked us into a room where they took my son’s weight, blood pressure, and body temperature. Then a moment later we were led back into one of the emergency rooms to have a doctor take a look at it.
Doctor checked my son’s finger to make sure there were no major capillaries or nerves severed and movement in his finger seemed to be good. After cleaning up the wound he numbed the finger with a shot of some localized anesthesia, and promptly worked on stitching up the cut. It looked pretty deep. And part of his fingernail was sliced too. He ended up with 4 stitches.
So, my son is fine now, and the doctor said he must refrain from any major activity until the stitches will be taken out 7 to 10 days from now. I’m just glad it wasn’t worse.