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Hi all,


Well, recently my husband gave me the go ahead to get a super duper knife set, costs quite a bit too!


The handles are ergonomic so they should help keep my hands from getting fatigued while using them. Of course, as soon as I was handling the large butcher knife to cut a melon (which it is recommended for), I cut the pad of my left index finger. Typing is quite challenging using the middle finger in place of index. I keep getting d instead of f. I have it wrapped quite nicely, almost went off to get it checked out at urgent care. I got the bleeding under control and decided I didn't want to go in.


This means no stringed instruments for a time until I can get to a regular bandage :angry:


My daughter was nice and went to the store for gauze and tape at 9am, she had been up reading until 2am.


The knives are nice, my hands don't cramp while using them, now I have to make sure my youngest doesn't use them without supervision!!!



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Good grief, woman!


I am the worst at cutting myself and one thing I have learned over the years is how important it is to have a sharp knife, especially cutting something resistant like a melon.


It seems like we were talking about using some kind of finger protectors in chat a few weeks ago. Like silicon tips. We spent ages trying to find the right word for them and still didn't agree.


I once caught the end of my finger in a piece of industrial equipment and sliced off the whole pad. I drove myself to the hospital and they stitched it back on with a huge number of tiny stitches. The skin turned into a parchment looking thing eventually, but it acted as a protector and the pad regenerated, fingerprint and all, though it was incredibly sensitive for years.

Warm wishes,



Carrie Maddoux

(Retired)ISN Sclero Forums Support Specialist

(Retired)ISN Sclero Forums UK Chat Host

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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Yes, I know. I'm beginning to be more of a Klutz at things.


Well, I've graduated to a regular bandage, I only had a slice in the pad, I didn't cut it off completely. I am going to see if I can handle a string on the fiddle, mandolin would be too hard. At least I'm typing again.


It is funny. It didn't really hurt all that much. I know that often a shallow cut will hurt more because it ends up damaging more nerve endings, but this didn't even throb all that much. I haven't had it in water yet, I know that will slow the healing down. It feels as if the finger is slightly numb. I still have a callous on the tip, so I'm not sure if I'm just that.


Thanks for the thoughts. I'm glad yours isn't too sensitive now.



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