A Nail Bloggers Worst Nightmare or How I Spent My Saturday Night (Warning – Gory Pics!)

There was this gnat in my kitchen. A gnat I had been trying to kill for a couple days. Actually I think it was a fruit fly because there were two others (who I did happily manage to murder) and they were a bit bigger than a gnat. Regardless, fruit fly sounds somehow “smarter” so I am going to call this guy a gnat. I blame it all on him.

It was about 6:00 pm and I had just finished a spinach salad and was getting out some sourdough bread to slice, and some salami and cheese to nibble on. Ah you probably think you know where this is going don’t you? Because of the “bread to slice” part, right? But you would be oh so wrong.

So the bread was on the cutting board and then I saw him out of the corner of my eye. He flew into the area and then had the NERVE to land on the counter, just an arms reach away from me. This outraged me because of course I am not going to let him just land there, mocking me and then fly away. In a flash I reached my right arm out and brought it down HARD onto the counter. But immediately I realized I missed the gnat and instead slammed my thumb onto a shiny new metal pipe thingie that was sitting there. It had a really sharp edge. Gulp.

I looked at my thumb, saw a huge deep slice, tons of blood and kind of panicked. I have cut myself many times in the kitchen (I’m sort of a klutz with knives) but nothing ever like this. Mr. VV was right there when it happened so we immediately went into E.R. mode. Well I should say he did. I actually just stood there looking away, mildly freaking out, feeling like I was going to pass out and realizing why I never was interested in going into medicine. He wrapped my thumb in gauze and tape, got an ice pack, then we left for the emergency room. The part that really freaked me out was the part I didn’t even see. The cut was deep into my thumbnail also…


On ice

It was a fairly uneventful trip, and for a such a rainy night we didn’t have to wait long until the doctor came in. He looked my finger but needed to find some fingernail polish remover to really see the damage to the actual nail. Oh man did I dread this part because if ever you have had even a tiny paper-cut and got remover in it, you KNOW how bad it stings! This was like that to the millionth power. Luckily, or perhaps unluckily, he gave me numbing shots into my hand and finger first. Let’s just say those shots hurt worse than my last couple kidney stones. And I am no shot weenie either. Oh also I got a tetanus shot while I was there (yay?). Anyway, so I was getting numb and he was going to town on my nail with these remover wipes. He was wiping for what seemed like an eternity asking me if I was wearing some special kind of nail polish. I said “Nope, but you are probably using non-acetone remover, which is why it’s taking so long to come off. Try opening a new one and leave it on the nail for 20 seconds then wipe.” Of course that worked. Then I told him what I did for a living. Kind of a funny moment.

After that came the stitches to my finger. I kept feeling them though so he kept having to give me more numbing shots, much to my dismay. Four stitches in and he was then debating on what to do with the nail. I had a pretty deep and long cut across it. He told me in the past they used to always entirely remove the fingernail to make sure the nail bed itself wasn’t damaged. But after awhile they realized it didn’t seem to make much of a difference to remove or not remove it because frequently the nail never grows back the same way anyway. Great.  At this stage I had medieval England on my mind and him ripping out my nail with a rusty old pair of pliers. I decided to NOT have it removed to save my sanity. But he told me he would have to put a stitch or two INTO my nail and nail bed…Oh god.

So lucky me, I got yet another numbing shot, this time underneath my fingernail. It was as horrific as you are imagining right now. He did just one stitch on my nail and was satisfied. Whew.


The aftermath

I got Neosporin-ed, wrapped up and sent on my way with instructions to not use it, keep it covered and have stitches removed in 7-10 days.


So sexy

When we got home guess who I saw? Mr. Gnat. I *think* he might have been snickering at us. But he made the fatal error to yet again land on the counter. This time Mr. VV smashed him flat.

Victory is ours!

Also, I think we need a fly swatter…

-Kelly

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  • December 2, 2012
    Liz

    Oh man! That is awful! I am sorry that you are all bandaged up! Glad that you didn’t have to lose your nail. When you said that the doctor said he needed fingernail remover (not fingernail polish remover), I was frightened for what kind of substance the ER had that would just take off your entire nail. Sounds like quite the ordeal overall and I’m glad you’re alright!!!

    • December 2, 2012

      Oops I just updated that to “fingernail polish remover” because that DOES sound awful!

  • December 2, 2012
    Gloria

    Omigod!!! That’s just horrific! Does your nail still hurt?

    And that’s funny that you got to instruct the ER doc on proper nail polish removal. If he has a GF he’ll probably share that tidbit when he gets home!

    • December 2, 2012

      It’s throbbing off and on but not too bad. Whew!

  • December 2, 2012

    Bless Your Heart!! That looks sooo painful! I really enjoy your posts. Hopefully you will be back to it soon :-(
    I am soooo happy to hear that nasty, mean ole gnat, met his fate, go Mr.VV!!!!! :-D

    • December 2, 2012

      I was so going to kill that thing if he didn’t haha.

  • December 2, 2012

    OMG! Poor you! :(
    What bad luck!!
    Hope you’ll get well soon!
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  • December 2, 2012

    OMG girl what are u doing =/

    Thank god Mr VV smashed Mr Gnat :x

    Hope your thumb gets well soon and you are alright! :o

    xx
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  • December 2, 2012

    Aww Kelly I’m so sorry to hear this! I started whining before I even saw the pictures. It sounds so painful!

    Take care of your poor finger, Kelly. I hope this episode will soon be behind you xx
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  • December 2, 2012

    Oh my God Kelly!! I cannot image how much did it hurt :-s
    I would have fainted. I can’t stand blood sight at all, that’s why I didn’t get into medical studies too.
    Take care… I hope you’ll fell better soon…

    By the way, I usually kill them with my broom. It’s better to destroy the kitchen than yourself…. XD

  • December 2, 2012
    Pam R

    Oh, Kelly!!! I’m a Nurse Practitioner and regularly have conversations about all sorts of body fluids and whatnot any time, any place without flinching. But those pics? Ugh! I feel all squicky inside! Good call on not removing the nail. Hopefully it’ll grow out just fine since the stitch is off to the side.

    I’m so glad you guys got the little sucker, too!

  • December 2, 2012

    Ouch! I hope you’ll recover soon.
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  • December 2, 2012

    This stitches look so scary! I hope your finger will heal fast!
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  • December 2, 2012

    Oh gosh, I’m sorry to read about this! It seems quite painful, especially the under-nail stich, ouch ouch ouch!! I hope you’ll get better soon.
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  • December 2, 2012
    Amanda M.

    OUUUCH.. SORRY FOR UR INJURY, DAMN GNAT/FRUIT FLY… HE’LL GET HIS… LOL HOPE UR FEELING BETTER, IF.. NOT, GET WELL ASAP.. MEDERMA (I THINK THAT’S HOW IT’S SPELLED) WORKS FANTASTICLY AMAZING ON/FOR SCARES..
    GOD BLESS….
    ~ AMANDA M.

  • December 2, 2012
    Pamela

    Oh lord, I would have passed out had that been me! I cut myself in the kitchen a lot too, but never nothing that bad. I probably would have let them put any stitches in it…I am such a chicken when it comes to thing’s like that…LOL. Glad you’re ok though & hopes it heals quickly!

    • December 2, 2012
      Pamela

      I meant to say I probably *wouldn’t* have let them put stitches in it…doh

  • December 2, 2012

    OMG….I’m all light headed! What kinda pipe was this?

    Thankfully you don’t need to show your thumb for polish swatches! Hopefully it heals well! And the nail grows somewhat normal! This is seriously making me cringe! Still light headed….lol.
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  • December 2, 2012
    emily

    Oh my what a horrible injury!! It looks so painful I’m so sorry! Isn’t it so crazy how one little thing (gnat in your case) can just throw your entire next 2 weeks awry? Well I hope you get better soon :) Let the healing powers of the kitties purr soothe you lol.

  • December 2, 2012
    Amanda M.

    V””V VAMPY VARNISH VULES {RULES}

  • December 2, 2012
    Bleu Winter

    Ouch! You poor thing. Hope it heals up quickly, sending healing vibes your way!

  • December 2, 2012
    Mandy4034

    Yikes! So sorry that happened to you, but glad the gnat got what was coming to him the end! And having a nail removed is creepy/icky…I watched as my husband had one of his toenails removed due to an ingrown nail and they just ripped that sucker out after numbing shots of course but still creepy!

  • December 2, 2012

    Poor girl! That is awful! I am so sorry about that. Reading about your accident reminded how painful nail related injuries are. 2 years ago I had a door accident that completely tore out my right pinkie nail. I was very lucky and didnt damage the bed or matrix. I hope it heals quickly and the pain fades soon! At least we don’t show our thumbs in most of our swatches!
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  • December 2, 2012
    Ioana

    HOw horrible!!! This will heal quick though. You’ll be surprised! Did you see what I did to my thumb like a month ago? I actually chopped that piece all the way off. And no, I refused to go get shots in my thumb so I dealt with it myself. Get some CU3 cream and it will speed up healing A LOT! Here’s which one I got. Then you have it forever cause you only need a tiny bit.
    Speedy recovery!
    PS. I freaked out pretty bad myself when I saw soooo much blood!

  • December 2, 2012

    Oh no, I’m so sorry to hear this, I have done some clumsy damage in my life too and it’s always worse when you were in the act of doing something minuscule :(

  • December 2, 2012
    kk

    This is almost a funny yet sad post! Glad your ok, and yikes on the thumb! At least it was all still attached! Get better soon!

  • December 2, 2012

    Ooooh this looks terrible! I hope the worst pain will be over asap!
    It reminds me of that one time when I slammed the door with my finger stuck! My nail partly let loose and it was bleeding like hell. Then I had to wait for the rest of my nail to come off. And for a new nail to grow….
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  • December 2, 2012

    Holy crap on a stick, I’m cringing! My worst kitchen/nail/knife related accident was slicing off a piece of nail but it was mostly free edge, no blood.

    I am so sorry you went through this, I am an incredible wuss and probably would have passed out just from hearing they needed to give me a shot under my fingernail! Definitely admire your strength :D
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  • December 2, 2012

    Oh my goodness. I hope you feel better soon! I’ve cut myself in odd ways like that before. Fell down a flight of stairs at my parent’s house and ended up having to go to the ER for stitches in my hand because I put my hand through a picture frame. I had accidentally grabbed it off the wall as I fell down the stairs. Talk about clumsy.

  • December 2, 2012

    Oh my! I had one kitchen related visit yo the ER years ago, but nothing this traumatic. I hope that the pain subsides quickly and that your had heals perfectly.
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  • December 2, 2012

    Oh no! I’m sorry that happened to you. I totally feel your pain though. I went through something similar last Christmas day. I was loading my dishwasher and a glass slipped out of my hand and it broke and cut several of my fingers. As soon as I saw the blood I screamed for my husband. I felt so bad for my kids, they were so scared. We were in the ER several hours and i ended up with stitches in my pinky finger and in the nail. That experience totally sucked, it really put a damper on my Christmas last year lol. Good news though is that my nail grew back just fine. I have some scar tissue on my finger tip and it’s still has no feeling in the area that was cut the worst but nothing noticeable to anybody but me. I hope you’re feeling well today, the first few days can be rough. There are so many nerves in your fingers, it can be painful.
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  • December 2, 2012

    aw you poor thing! I hope you heal quickly!
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  • December 2, 2012
    emily

    Oh girl! I hope it’s not too painful. Keep it raised as much as you can to prevent it from throbbing all the time. That darn gnat!!!!

    I have a knife to finger (s) story that always haunts me to this day & have the scars to prove it.

    I hope you have pain meds if you need them.

    Take Care & keep us updated.

    ~Traci

  • December 2, 2012
    Jess

    OH MY GOD THAT LOOKS TERRIBLE. Sorry for being shouty, but that is a truly nasty-looking cut! Poor you! Ow, ow, ow…that’s all I can think of. I wish you a speedy recovery.

  • December 2, 2012

    O. M. G. I totally winced when I read he gave you a shot under the nail. I would have passed out. That is one very serious injury, like, holy moly!!! I wish you a speedy and good recovery; hoping that your thumb and nail doesn’t experience any long term effect. :-)
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  • December 2, 2012
    jennifer

    yikes! stupid bugs!!! but i love the polish you have on lol what is it?

  • December 2, 2012

    OMG. That looks so painful.

    My parents’ cat took a swipe at me and sliced down the side of my thumb nail and got under the nail. I didn’t get any stitches, but that’s probably the most painful injury I’ve ever experienced…until I took out the acetone and I wondered why this isn’t used as an enhanced interrogation technique. Neosporin and medicated band aids are your best friends.

    Glad that gnat got what was coming to him, too.
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  • December 2, 2012

    Oh, Gawd, Kelly! Just reading about it and seeing the stitches is pretty bad. But, to have to go through it!??? I would have pleaded for some sort of tape rather than stitches, at least on the nail!!! I think your left hand is your swatching hand but overall, that wouldn’t matter!! I would have had to have a sedative before the shots too. I hope it heals really fast.

  • December 2, 2012

    Oh god that is horrible! I’m a wuss for pain. I got a surface slice from a pair of scissors once and cried bloody murder…LOL.
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  • December 2, 2012
    beachgal

    Poor baby! Hate to say but good chance you will loose that thumb nail – they don’t take too well to accidents like this…and you can imagine even if it does not fall off, that tear is going to take major time growing out. Might be good to pick up some of those finger ‘condoms’ called finger cots. They are little plastic half fingers and will help protect that when you are done wearing the big old ER Cling bandage they made for you. All that for a friggin’ gnat! Ugh! I have so many floaters in my eyes I don’t know if i could ever tell a real gnat from a floater right now.

  • December 2, 2012

    OMG! Listening to the story about the SHOTS was horrific, then those pics!!! Yikes! I’m glad you’re reasonably ok and that the gnat met a fitting end. Curl up with a kitty and feel better! I’d probably get myself good and drunk before they took the stitches out though…eeep!

  • December 2, 2012
    auroragyps

    Ouch! I got bit by a dog when I was in HS and one of the teeth punctured the finger nail of my pointer finger. Thanks goodness he was a little mutt with little teeth. They left the nail on too and it eventually grew out fine. It just feels a bit weird, because the nerves were damaged, and the nail grows a tad weird where the injury was, probably from where the finger healed.

    To keep your finger dry when you wash your hair or take a shower, wear a dish washing rubber glove that’s big enough to fit over the bandage and use some waterproof medical tape to tape the edge of the glove to your skin. That dog got my middle finger too, so I had two big, wrapped up fingers and the glove worked fine. Feel better soon and buy a gnat/fruit fly trap to spare your fingers. ;-)

  • December 2, 2012

    Oh good lord, that is just horrific. Of all the things to happen. that is just the WORST. I hope you feel better soon, you poor thing!
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  • December 2, 2012
    AndreaC

    Oh Kelly, I’m so sorry. Get well soon! I also had a mishap a few days ago, but in no way close to your ordeal. I broke a total of 3 nails and one broke in half horizontally *ouch* so I had to glue it with the teabag technique. I’m glad the doctor didn’t remove your nail. Thats’ a relief! Take care!

    Xoxo

  • December 2, 2012

    OMG Kelly! I’m so sorry to hear that! Ouch! Hand injuries hurt the worst, and yes! the numbing shots can hurt as much or more than the stitching! :(

  • December 2, 2012

    oh sweetheart that sounds HORRENDOUSLY painful but thank you for writing with such wit. Hilarious read, hope you heal soon xxx

  • December 2, 2012
    Tonya S

    I’m so sorry. I know that hurt badly.

  • December 2, 2012
    AG

    Kelly, I’m so sorry to hear about this! I got a splinter deep under my fingernail recently, and that was bad enough – I can’t imagine slicing open the nail. My thoughts are with you and my fingers are crossed for a speedy recovery.

    For future reference – if it was indeed a fruit fly, a dish of apple cider vinegar with a drop or two of dish soap works as a great fruit fly trap. When I have a fruit fly problem, I put this mix into a little jar or tupperware container (no lid) and within a few days I’ll have a collection of dead bugs. If the internet is to be believed, the smell of the vinegar is enough like rotting fruit to attract them, and the soap lowers the surface tension of the vinegar enough to make the flies fall in and drown. I hope this helps in the future <3

  • December 2, 2012

    Not sure if anyone else has recommended this yet since I didn’t read all the comments, but to save yourself from busting anymore fingers open in future fruit fly assaults, might I recommend making a fruit fly trap? All you need to do is get a small bowl (think like small ramekin size) or a small cup and put about 3-4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in it and a small squirt/pump of dish soap. Mix it together but make sure not to splash it up the sides, and voila! They are drawn to it like nobodies business and drown themselves. We had a horrible fruit fly infestation at the beginning of fall and this is how we got rid of them.

    On a health note I’m sorry about your thumb. I’m still wincing to myself about the numbing shot underneath the nail. I hope it heals up quickly and doesn’t hurt too much for you.

  • December 2, 2012

    Ha! I love that AG beat me to it by less than a minute. Great minds think alike.

  • December 2, 2012

    Oh, you poor thing! Looking at those pics made me feel a little sick so Lord knows how it made you feel. I hope it all heals fine.

    P.S. Buy one of those electronic fly swatters. They sizzle critters to death!
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  • December 2, 2012

    You poor thing! I’m so sorry to hear of your plight! I have to admit, your account of the adventure was pretty funny. Here’s hoping for speedy healing!!

  • December 2, 2012
    Lauren

    Ouch ouch! You poor thing! I hope it heals fast and you feel better soon. On the plus side. 1. It’s your non swatching hand and 2. The stitch job looks so neat- that doc was a pro. Hopefully you’ll heal well with that handy work :-) feel better

  • December 2, 2012

    OUCH!!! Oh man does that look painful!! Did they actually stitch the nail itself or underneath the nail? either way it looks like it hurt like a mother*@#er
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  • December 2, 2012
    Kele B

    Holy ouchie! When I got the email update of this post I of course read it and stopped to show my dad and husband the picture. They too felt your pain.

  • December 2, 2012
    Victoria S Andrews

    Thank god your guy was a home! It would have been so much worse to have to deal with it by yourself! It looks to tragic and painful! I had numbing shot once to get stitches and they are almost as painful as the stitch without them! Hope it heals up fine fast and the nail is ok. Good news is that you didn’t lose the tip! Best of healing coming your way.

  • December 2, 2012

    You must know that I was reading this on my phone and was scrolling ever-so-slowly line by line like I was reading a suspenseful book! I refused to skip ahead to the gory picture even though I realllllly wanted to, ha! So sorry you went through all that, take care of that thumb!
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  • December 2, 2012

    Ouch! The stitches in your nail look especially painful.
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  • December 2, 2012
    Melissa Small

    Oh No!! Good thing most swatches are “fingers” only! I hope you feel better soon and I’m also glad they didn’t have to take your entire nail off! :-O
    I was equal parts horrified and chuckling while reading this post -and I have to admit to showing it to my husband in order to prove I’m not the only accident prone person in the kitchen!
    -Glad the gnat ate it in the end :P

  • December 2, 2012

    Oh, you poor thing! Lots and lots of sympathy and wishes for quick healing! Also, chocolate helps healing. *nod nod*
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  • December 2, 2012
    Polishaholic

    OMG! That looks so painful. I hope it heals soon and your nail grows back to normal. Stitches on your nail :O can’t even imagine the pain that causes :(

  • December 2, 2012

    Kelly, I was cringing reading this. I hope the aftermath is okay. And we don’t mind pictures without thumbs showing!! Lots of easy healing vibes. I’ll send a pest strip if you want.
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  • December 2, 2012

    Wow, that’s horrifying! I was cringing over having to remove your nail polish with that nasty cut, but at least you got the good drugs– though a shot under the nail sounds terrifying. I’m not squeamish, but I feel like I would have to look away.

    I recently sliced through my thumb nail with a razor blade, but luckily it was just the free edge (though I did have to cut my nail down very very short) and yikes, that was pretty scary. I can’t imagine doing something like this!
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  • December 2, 2012
    ringthing

    Oh my gosh, you poor thing. I hope you got some pain meds! Really sorry that happened to you, but you wrote about it awfully well. :-)

  • December 2, 2012

    Aww man, girl..that looks like a whole mess of pain there! I wish you a speedy recovery and I hope the pain goes away fast for you :)

  • December 2, 2012
    Aylene

    So sorry, it looks so painful and nasty! :( Get better soon, Sweetie! :)

  • December 2, 2012

    OMG Kelly! I’m sorry! I hope you feel better soon and there is very little trouble growing back. Must have been horrible :(
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  • December 2, 2012
    terrenity

    Ow ow ow ow!!! I was totally freaking out while I read this post… “he used remover on her cut?? omg shots in the hand! omg shot under the fingernail!! OMG STITCHES IN NAIL!!” I’m such a pansy, I probably would have passed out before I even got to the ER… in fact I’m feeling woozy just reading about it. XD (I did laugh when you lectured the doctor about proper NP removal technique though.)

    Anyway I’m so glad to hear that you are okay! Hope it heals up soon and that your nail grows back normally! Also extra kudos to Mr. VV for not freaking out.

  • December 2, 2012
    Stephanie H.

    That looks SOOOO painful!! I’m glad you’re okay now, and I hope it heals up without issue!!

  • December 2, 2012
    Alison

    I hope your nail grows back properly with no problems! I was a klutzy kid and ended up losing both of my pinky nails within a year when I was pretty young. They’re probably my strongest and fastest growing nails. Unfortunately, I also have one weak and damaged nail from a bad acrylic manicure in high school. I’ve been babying it for a long time now and its still not the same.

  • December 2, 2012

    Ouch! I hope you get better soon! Be careful D:
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  • December 2, 2012

    Oh my goshhh that sucks, good luck healing up as quickly as you can <3
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  • December 2, 2012
    ReaderRita

    Oh. My. God.
    *faints dead away*

    You poor gal! I hope it doesn’t hurt too much (because it looks like it’s really gotta hurt). I hope you feel better very soon. Sending good healing vibes~~~~~~~~
    Oh God. I just looked at the picture again and I’m weak at the knees. You poor dear! Best wishes to you. Damn that pipe thing and gnat!
    (hilarious about the ER doc and the NP remover, BTW…)

  • December 2, 2012

    It’s clearly NOT a good year for thumbs, ugh… Back in April, my dad literally cut the tip of his thumb off. Miraculously it was saved and looks as though nothing even happened, but yeah, so unfortunately, I know exactly the procedures you went through with your injury. I’m sorry. :(

    I hope you have a speedy recovery. Just remember to take it easy and that healing is the first priority…NOT nail polish. ;)

  • December 2, 2012

    Oh my gosh. I know that hurt! I’m not sure if it hurts worse actually getting the shots to numb the area or the stitching itself when they go through your finger like that. I had 15 stitches (4 were in the nail bed as they removed all but a tiny bit of nail) from just under the first knuckle on the inside of the finger to over the tip, back to the knuckle again a few years back when our dog was a pup. He went after a bone on the floor at the same time I did and he won and I got to flip everyone off at the family reunion that year because I had my finger in a splint. lol

    I hope it heals quickly and there isn’t too noticable a difference in the nail once it is. Mine actually looks better now than it did before the stitches. lol
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  • December 3, 2012
    TieDye64

    DAYUM, GIRL! You’re talking serious pain there. So sorry you had to (and are still having to) deal with that. Yikes. Heal quickly, Kelly.

  • December 3, 2012

    That looks so painful! Hope you feel better soon.
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  • December 3, 2012
    Kenora

    Ow!!!!!!! That sounds horribly painful – I hope you heal really quickly! Extra gentle good thoughts to that end going your way.

  • December 3, 2012

    Oh shit, I feel you Kelly! I did that to the index that is on my swatching hand a bunch of years ago, except I was too stubborn to even seek care… So I now have a pretty scar on my swatching idnex finger. :D
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  • December 3, 2012

    Holy crap! I am so glad you are OK! That is terrible. So good Mr. VV was there! I would have lost my shit too. I can’t even imagine stitches THROUGH your nail. OMG! Yikes. What happens when the nail starts o grow but the stitches are still through the same part of your thumb? OK I don’t want to think about that nor do I want you to. That must have been so traumatic. That is a lot of shots! I hope you’re being well pampered at home now! Hope you recover super quickly! (((hugs)))
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    • December 3, 2012

      Holy crap I didn’t think about that! But it shouldn’t grow much in 7 days, which is when I should be getting them removed…

  • December 3, 2012

    Wow. As cool as I think suturing is, I am so sorry you had to go through that! Kudos to the doc for acutally suturing a nail- I’ve never seen that before! I hope it doesn’t hurt too much Kelly!! Get well soon- and darn those fruit flies- they harassed me until a few weeks ago as well….
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  • December 3, 2012
    Sophie

    Oh, Jeez, Kelly! Just what you needed. Ow, ow, ow! You have my deepest sympathy. The good part is (at least there is a good part!) is you still have your nail.

    Might I assume you are left-handed? Well, if so, you are incredibly creative and will find a nice work-around so you can continue blogging when you feel up to it. I know, you’re thinking “shut up, bitch. I’m hurting like hell, here!)

    Anyway, I did want to mention that I don’t recall seeing your hand flat in a picture like that. Despite the big bandage, you have very beautiful hands and fingers. (I’m not a hand or finger fetishist, LOL). And your hands are sexy, too. I find beauty and loveliness in the weirdest places and at the weirdest times.

    Did I cheer you up a bit? Get better soon, Kelly! You can still pet and scratch Sammy and Chewy. Dickens said, “what greater love than the gift of a cat?” >^.^<

  • December 3, 2012

    Oh dear :( It’s quite possibly the greatest battle between Beast and Blogger. So sorry to hear that happened!! I hope you feel better and heal painlessly!
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  • December 3, 2012
    Sarah

    Oh my! That was painful to read and I’m sure I would have passed out! I hope you are recovering nicely… I hate stuff like that. Best thoughts your way!

  • December 3, 2012
    Emily

    Ah! Frankenthumb! D: I got a little queasy at the shot under the nailbed part. Oof. I hope it doesn’t hurt too much anymore!

  • December 4, 2012

    It looks so painful! I really hope that you make a speedy recovery, Kelly! I’ll be giving all gnats the stink eye for you. ;)
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  • December 4, 2012
    Terry

    What a great story! I mean I’m very sorry you had to go through this event but you turned lemons into lemonade with the telling. Hope your thumb has stopped throbbing!

  • December 4, 2012
    Joyce

    omg no way!! I’m so sorry this haooened!! but we can be injured finger pals. I was doing my friend’s dishes and pulled out the food processor blade (which apparently wasn’t supposed to be there). I grabbed it the wrong way and sliced the tip of my finger!!

    My finger wouldn’t stop bleeding! I’ve never actually hurt myself that badly before so I’m surprised that I didn’t react terribly, lol. My friend felt so bad. Her sister was there also and cried! It was no big deal! I joked that if we wanted to commit a crime, now’s the time since I don’t have a fingerprint ha!

    Let me know when your finger is healed!!

  • December 4, 2012
    Ruthless

    OH MY GOD that looks SO PAINFUL

  • December 5, 2012
    Priscilla

    OMG Kelly, that´s awful!!! I hope you can really get better soon! :)

  • December 5, 2012
    ggggg

    I feel your pain! And the worst is over but it really is a pain in the butt.

    When my son #2 was 9 months old I got a new Japanese Santoku knife. I was on the phone and cutting lettuce and the knife slipped and cut my left hand ring and pinky fingers on the pads. I thought it was ok but my husband insisted I needed stitches. Since I had 2 young boys my husband stayed home and I drove myself to the hospital holding my left hand up.

    I wound up with 7 stitches in my ring finger and 3 in my pinky. The absolute worst part of the entire experience was the needle with the lydocaine to numb it. It was a little rough changing diapers and such but I got through it. My ring finger has a weird lump on the pad like some skin was added to it but it took 2 years to get full feeling back into the finger. Be careful of those knives!

    Wish you a fast recovery and I hate those fruit fiies, too!

  • December 5, 2012

    Wow, so sorry to hear about your thumb – it sounds awful! So very glad to hear that after all that happened, Mr. VV was able to take out the gnat :-)
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  • December 5, 2012

    omg that was awful!!! I used to work in a restaurant and once I kind of stab myself in the hand… I had to sit and breathe because it was so horrible! I had stiches, two weeks without going to work and the most horrible pain. Washing my hair and everyday things were impossible! Now after more than five years, I still feel the area a little numb!
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  • December 6, 2012
    Di

    as and ER PA and a nail polish junkie – hey it’s the only fun we scrub wearing girls have in the ER: crazy nail polish – I UTTERLY sympathize! Thankfully he blocked finger and hand first! So sorry you had to have the shot under the nail bed… OUCH!!! I would have glued it for you!!! Poor you! It looks great tho! And I hope it grows out nicely!!

    Good luck! Damn gnat.

  • December 6, 2012
    Sam Urbach

    Ouchhhhh! So sorry for you!
    Hope heals fast !! Feel better <3

  • December 15, 2012

    oh my gosh, so glad you’re okay!!
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