So Wednesday, I sliced my left thumb to the bone along the side…. 1.5 inches of slice, on a piece of very sharp metal. To the bone. A fairly bad cut, actually.

I wrapped it in a paper towel and a bit of tape and continued working.

When I got home, I cleaned the cut and aligned the edges and super glued it shut.

Thursday, I woke up with the cut throbbing to my heartbeat. All day long, I banged it into things, adding to the pain.

I was grousing about the pain, the wound, the lack of dexterity, that the bandage and the lack of mobility caused by the whole thing….

Then, at the end of the day, I met a man who was missing his left arm from just below the shoulder.

Suddenly, my wound didn’t feel so bad anymore. Nor the temporary lack of dexterity.

“I cried that I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet”. 

4 thoughts on “Perspective:

  1. Dude. Be careful! I have a lot of damned home improvement projects left to do!!

  2. I had the same happen to me. Lost the skin of my left pinky, did the same throbbing. Was complaining about it at work when one of our customers a Korea Vet came in on his prosthetic legs. I shut up then and was extremely embarrassed I even complained.

  3. A dip in kerosene will keep infection away. Ask any doctor who has Amish patients. Doctors don't like it, but it works.

    I never had an infected cut during the years I worked in the oilfield.

  4. Yeah, just watch for infection, but we 'do' carry on, unlike the new generations… they'd be out for a week or two… sigh

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