Wednesday, October 3, 2012

How not to treat a knife wound

(note: if you are not a blood person or if you are eating I don't suggest reading this)

I experienced first-hand last weekend a pretty (or not so pretty) severe knife wound. First let me explain: I was at a special boy scout camp (very secretive, so I can't tell you about it) I was supposed to whittle a necklace, and my brand new knife slipped on a notch in the wood
taking a large bit of meat with it. Now, I have a very high pain tolerance, so it didn't hurt quite as badly as it sounds. But I went to a medic none-the-less, who looked at it, realized he was out of antibiotics, so gauze it was. Now, just saying, if you don't have ointment, don't put gauze in a hole in someone's finger, 'cause then you have to pull it back off.

Anyway, about 6 hours later, the medic came back, ripped it off, and repeated the process. Same when I got home, but we put neosporin on it, and it is fine. Then we found out that cayenne pepper has healing properties. Now just a warning before you try that, cayenne pepper hurts, as in my-finger-is-on-fire kinda hurts! But it does stop bleeding, and it heals faster. Really though, what I'm trying to say is: don't cut your finger whittling, and if you do, have neosporin and cayenne pepper, and put it on the gauze or a cotton ball.

Yep, that's it. See ya next time.


  1. Ouch! I once closed a pocketknife over my finger. The corpsman wanted to put a few stitches in it, but I was too squeamish. I just kept it wrapped in bandaids till it healed! No cayenne pepper, though. Pass.

  2. My daughter did this while carving a pumpkin for Hallowe'en about 20 years ago. She didn't need stitched and it healed well enough, but she says her finger is still numb in one small spot.

    Seems as if whittling/carving accidents aren't rare.