Kitchen Related Injures

jakeseacrest

Maybe a floof related post but share your cooking or kitchen related injuries. On Saturday I was in a rush and not paying attention chopping celery and onions with my trusty 8 inch chef knife. The knife completely chopped off the corner of my left thumb. 10 out of 10 pain is no joke! No cooking for me for awhile. Losing your thumb function really puts a damper on things. Tying my sneakers is a chore now let alone trying to move around the kitchen

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pudgeder

YIKES!!!!

Did you have to get stitches?

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donna_loomis

One Thanksgiving morning, my husband, 8 year-old son and 5 year-old daughter went to pay a short visit to a family friend, giving me uninterrupted time to prep our meal. I had a heck of a time tucking the turkey's wings underneath and while I was wrestling with one of them, just as I got it tucked under, it slipped out of my dominant hand and broke my middle fingernail way past the quick. I was bleeding like a stuck pig. I got out the superglue and glued myself together. It looked terrible because I ended up with blood and glue mixed together and dried. And it was very painful. And nobody at home to help me with preparations. So I went across the street to a neighbor's house and asked if I could "borrow" my neighbor's 8 year-old son, David. That sweet little boy got the turkey stuffed for me. He said it was fun. Then my family came home and David went home to tell his mom how he saved Thanksgiving.

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colleenoz

I sliced my palm once when I was slicing a leg of ham very thinly. It was jolly painful but didn’t hinder me too much. Other than that I’ve been pretty careful over the years, which includes over 40 years of cooking professionally.

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amylou321

I am covered in burn scars. My latest one was when my instant pot assaulted me. Nasty burn on my arm that took weeks to heal, and an ugly mark remains to this day.

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caroline94535

Ouch! I feel your pain!

May I post a not-too-graphic photo of my left ring finger I injured in the pursuit of chopped celery?

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kadefol

I was in a hurry, used my finger to remove stuck food from the immersion blender blades and inadvertently pressed the start button. I had pretty deep cuts all around the finger but didn’t want to go to to urgent care at 10 pm on Thanksgiving so I just cleaned and bandaged everything and hoped for the best. It healed up fine but the fingertip stayed numb for about a month and then, thankfully, went back to normal.

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ediej1209 AL Zn 7

I bought a new chef's knife a few months ago. Hadn't even used it yet but while giving it its initial wash I managed to pretty deeply slice 2 fingers. To this day DH stands over me when I'm using it. That makes me more nervous than the blade does!

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morz8

I'm usually inherently careful, competent in the kitchen. Or anywhere, I live with Mr. Safety and he would not appreciate me causing injury to myself with any kind of regularity - he'd find it pretty unacceptable.

I did seriously cut myself just once. Slicing tomatoes. It probably should have had stitches but with applying pressure and butterflying the cut (thumb), wrapping it, I managed. I had guests coming for lunch and dessert, a party planned. A party I was hostessing that I likely would have missed if I'd left for our notoriously slow ER and stitches. Later that day when I found it bleeding again, I went to the drugstore and bought one of the finger splints to protect it - I'd probably bumped it somehow cleaning up after the lunch. I had a scar for a couple of years that is mostly faded now.

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gardengal48 (PNW Z8/9)

I broke my foot putting groceries away......does that count?

To this day I am not sure exactly how it happened, except that my foot stayed put and I kept going and in doing so, torqued the heck out of my foot. Managed to break all 5 metatarsals of one foot in what my orthopedist claims was the worst lins franc fracture he had ever seen. Didn't hurt that much at first but when my foot ballooned up like an overstuffed sausage and turned a bizarre combination of colors, I figured something was seriously wrong :-) And I learned that there are such things as fracture blisters, which made the whole thing look even worse!

Fortunately, it did not require surgery (I saved that treat for when I broke my ankle on the same foot a few years later), but I was incapacitated for weeks.

My ex's hand slipped when he was using a kitchen knife and he managed to almost completely cut through a joint in his pinky finger. That required a late night visit to the ER and hand surgery to repair a severed ligament.

I have also dropped my favorite chef's knife on a bare foot more than once, but managed to escape anything more than a minor cut from that.

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Lukki Irish

That sounds really horrible! Yikes!!! When I was first on my own, I was heating some oil in an old bowed fry pan to make home fries. The handle was sticking out from the stove, I hit it by accident and all that hot oil spilled onto the my left thigh. It’s been well over 40 years and I still have the scar. It was a hard lesson to learn, but I can guarantee you, I never cook on bowed cookware and I always make sure the handle of a pot is turned way from me.

I hope your thumb heals up so you don’t have permanent damage.

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laceyvail 6A, WV

Just some advice on burns. This came originally from The People's Pharmacy and was later confirmed on that radio show by an army medic. Soy sauce. I know this sounds completely counterproductive, but it is indeed amazing. I have used it several times for bad burns that blistered immediately and several hours later there was nothing there at all.

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ratherbesewing

My stomach is doing back flips reading these posts! Be safe everyone.

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aok27502

I am forever cutting myself, although never severely. Of course it's hard to bandage your own hands. One time when I sought out DH, bandages in hand and a finger wrapped in paper towels, he took one look at me and said "cooking again?" 😡

I won't share my two slightly disfigured fingers that involved a lawnmower.

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Elizabeth

I was carrying in groceries in those thin cheap plastic grocery bags that they use now. The bottom broke out of one and a large can of tomatoes landed on my right foot. Broke two toes. I hobbled around for an entire summer on them.

I am very cautious of those bags now.

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Islay Corbel

I had to stop reading further up! ^^^ ouch!

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Elizabeth

Remember, you are more likely to cut yourself on a dull knife rather than a sharp one.

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colleenoz

Oh lukki, you reminded me of an accident I had which was not caused by me.

I spent my teenage years helping my mother run a country hotel, which is where I started cooking for the public when I was about 13-14yo. We had a succession of dysfunctional cooks (I suspect in Australia at least, country pubs are the last refuge of people who wouldn't be hired in the city where there's more choice of employee) and the one we had one Easter was one who was po'd because the regulars openly looked forward to his days off when I would do the cooking instead.

Because everyone wanted fish and chips for Good Friday, in addition to our usual large electric deep fryer, the cook had set up a huge pot on the stove with about a gallon and a half of oil for more deep frying. Right next to it was a large pot of soup.

I was waitressing, and as I was dishing up a bowl of soup from the big pot for a customer, the cook chose that moment to drop a large piece of battered fish into the hot oil in the next pot, from about a foot over the pot instead of easing it in as you normally would. It splashed hot oil all over my left arm. I remember not wanting to just drop everything and run to the sink for the cold water tap because the bowl I was holding would break, the soup would make a mess and the ladle would get dirty. So I put the bowl on the floor and set the ladle in it before I took off for the sink.

I must have cooled it down fast enough because although it hurt like hades for a couple of weeks I have no scars that I can see.

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schoolhouse_gwagain

I'm especially shuddering at the "slice and dice" posts.

I once caught the sleeve of my sweater on fire by reaching across a burner for something. Duh. No burn.

Another time I had made a cup of coffee. Again, I leaned across for some reason, dipped my boob right into the hot coffee.....owie. This time there WAS a burn and a blister.

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foodonastump

Remember, you are more likely to cut yourself on a dull knife rather than a sharp one.


I understand the theory but in practice I’ve never cut myself with a dull knife, countless times with sharp.

In my last house I used to always burn my forearms on the door of my oven, haven’t done it once in my new house. I should probably figure out why before planning a remodel!

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Lars

I also have never cut myself with a dull knife, but I have razor-sharp Japanese knives that I have cut myself with a few times, but I have learned to be extremely careful with them.

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nickel_kg

I only skimmed the above posts -- all those cuts, yikes!!!

Guess I've been lucky, only a few little burns from pulling pans out of the oven.

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bpath

When we have our knives sharpened, I always put a little reminder note in the knife drawer for a few days to remind us they are SHARP and to be extra careful. I rarely cut myself with a dull knife, more often with a freshly-sharpened one.

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Elizabeth

Perhaps you get used to a dull knife and handle it more casually and then when it is sharp it slices your skin.

The theory is that you press harder with a dull knife and it is likely to slip off of whatever food you are cutting and then cut your opposite hand.

Hands should be perpendicular with fingertips curled....so say the chefs.

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Elizabeth

Also...look out for frozen whole chickens. They can fly out of a freezer and land on your foot like a bowling ball.

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Sammy

Well, a couple Thanksgivings ago I was grating an apple (using a box grater) and my knuckles met the grater. God that hurt.

Speaking of razor-sharp Japanese knives: Last summer, I was unboxing my brand-new Shun paring knife for the first time (while sitting on the floor for some reason) and dropped it—point down, of course—on the top of my left thigh where it remained embedded until I pulled it out. 🥴

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moosemac

I feel your pain. I was particpating in a Chili Cookoff fundraiser for the local fire department and sliced the corner off my left thumb. Holy cow did it bleed and hurt! Fortunately the EMT's were there and took care of it. Since I sliced it completely off, they gave me the option of attempting to have it sewn back on or letting it heal without as long as it stopped bleeding. I opted for the later but I will tell you a year later it is still very sensitive.

I'm a klutz so this is just one of many kitchen injuries. LOL

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dallasannie

Lacey, quite possibly the soy sauce has salt in it that drew out the water under the blister. Something of that nature seems to be most logical answer. Once that blister goes down, the skin under the blister will heal and the burned skin will peel off leaving a healed wound. Just my two cents worth .............

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tvq1

Beware the mandolin!!

I have nicked myself a few times using my mandolin--those blades are razor sharp!

But---after my sweet DIL cut off the pad of her thumb using one, I now ALWAYS wear one of these gloves when using mine. I also ordered an extra to send to my DIL.

PS: After 2 hours of trying to get the bleeding stopped-our son took her to urgent care where they put something (?) on it to stop the bleeding, and bandaged it up. She said it was super painful, and took a couple of weeks to finally quit hurting.

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Elizabeth

My young Grand-daughter is an aspiring chef and she uses those gloves. There is a pair at Grandma's house too.

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sealavender

Earlier on during the pandemic, I was taking a pot of boiled potatoes over the the sink to drain when some of the water sloshed out and scalded my left foot. A huge blister developed, and it was large enough that I thought it warranted some kind of medical attention. There was no way that I was going to go to urgent care, so I had my first telemedicine experience. It really wasn't bad; the doctor could see my foot and gave me advice on how to care for the wound. It's all healed now but still a little pink.

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bpath

Elizabeth, I think become used to a knife as it gradually dulls is why some of use are more likely to get sliced with a freshly-sharpened one.

LOL flying frozen chickens! I have a great image in my head now (well, except for the landing on the foot part).

There‘s another thread going on about wearing shoes. Accidents like this are why I wear my slip-on house sneakers. It’s at least a little protection! Over the last year I have dropped and shattered a good half-dozen glasses, glass bowls, and a small planter, on the ceramic tile floor, and if I didn’t wear the sneakers I’d be sharing stories of shards of glass embedded in my heels and toes.

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Elizabeth

I keep telling myself to put those bowling ball chickens into rectangular containers and stack them for safety. But I haven't.

My Grandmother ( back in the 1950's ) washed her dishes by hand in a round enamel pan. There were lots of sudsy bubbles on the top and she reached down into the bottom to grab a handful of silverware, not realizing there was a butcher knife down there. She received a deep gash across the entire width of her palm that required stitches. From that day on, the sharp knives were put off to the side on the sink to be washed separately.

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colleenoz

I've had a strict rule wherever I worked, no knives in the sink. Some of the junior staff thought I was a bit obsessive about it, but when several people may be sharing the washing up depending on who has to suddenly go do something else, you can't afford to have surprises under the bubbles.

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beesneeds

I've nicked myself a bunch- dull knives are deadly, lol. I keep mine super sharp and don't get cuts :) Small burns galore- and tiny ones I call "paper cut burns" because they hurt amazingly much for such tiny things. Been steam scalded several times- it was the worst working in pro kitchens because I'm short and stock pots are tall, face level. Sugar burns suck too, that happened a couple times.

Worst was when I accidentally dragged my hand along with the meat into a frypan full of oil at school- I iced and wrapped it to continue on with class, but it was mighty difficult to cook one handed. Chef ended up sending me home for the day. Still got a faint scar from that one, only scar that stuck, lol.

I've seen a goodly handful of cooking accidents too. It can happen in busy kitchens packed full of people. Many cuts and burns, the occasional setting ones self on fire. One time a guy dropped his big knife and it stuck straight into his foot. But the worst was when someone used a gals cutting board without her knowing- for shellfish. She went into bad allergy shock and had to get rushed to the hospital. Unfortunately, that was the end of her hopeful career with food, she never came back to risk such a thing again.

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chisue

I have countless burns on my knuckles from oven, broiler, toaster-oven. Hands will take forever to heal because you can't keep them dry.

Bpath -- Where do you get your knives professionally shapened? I have limited success with a steel. Can they do kitchen shears?

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bpath

Chisue, I take them to the butcher at the grocery store across from the west train station. They do it for free while I shop. Not right before a holiday, of course, and if they are too busy they let me know a better day to bring them in. I just bring a couple at a time, and they don‘t turn their nose up at my Oxo knives mixed in with the expensive ones! I don’t bring more than three at a time. I don’t know if they do kitchen shears, though. But why not? Doesn’t a butcher use shears, too?

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chisue

Ah, the danger of knives in a dishpan of soapy water... This was the story told to us as kids to explain why someone's mother was taken to hospital by ambulance one evening. When I was older, my mother explained that this was not her first suicide attempt -- and a poor way for a fading beauty to impress her straying husband...to say nothing of the trauma for their 8-year-old son.

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maifleur03

I have done the boob in the coffee but luckily only sore for a week or so. The tissues I placed in the bra for padding did look a little strange but really helped.

Whatever the previous owners put on the kitchen floor and on the tiles in the basement becomes dangerous when wet. So far have been lucky after I have cleaned it to only slide across the floor into the cabinets with only bruises and a twisted ankle.

Chisue you would have to contact them but one of the local knife sharpening places Ambrosi Bros Cutlery used to accept things mailed to them for an extra charge. https://abcutlery.com/services/

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bpath

Elizabeth, I use bins in my freezer for almost everything, keeps things from tumbling out! And I have yet to pull a bin out too far so it falls, knock on wood.

Knives in the sink or bottom of the dishpan are a definite no-no!

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Lucille

Another vote for shoes in the kitchen- Wet counter, outlet labelled gcfi, wasn't, something wrong with microwave = electric shock.

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booberry85

I have cut and burned myself numerous times. Here's the two worst: I was making Thanksgiving dinner, and I cut off the tip of my finger while cutting a sweet potato. I had to go to urgent care and have them glue it back on. I had left the turkey in the oven with the oven on!!! Fortunately, we called some friends and they came over and shut off the oven and pulled out the turkey.

The second case, I was making grape jam and was pulling the jars out of the canner. The bottom of a jar broke right off (thermal shock?) and the glass and boiling jam came down on my bare foot. Fortunately no glass went into my foot but I did have second degree burns on the top of my foot from the jam.

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aok27502

My friend had someone else drop a frozen turkey on her foot. She was loading her groceries in her car, and a good samaritan insisted that she needed help. The woman yanked up a turkey, the grocery bag broke, and the bird landed on my friend's foot. As I remember, nothing broken, but she was gimpy for weeks.

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chisue

Frozen turkeys reminds me of the episode from the funny TV series "WKRP in Cincinnati". There had evidently been a tradition where the radio station would take turkeys up to a low altitude in a small plane and drop them out to fly down to waiting households. The station manager decided that live turkeys were too expensive, so he subsituted *frozen* birds. Brilliant.

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seagrass_gw

I was in high school (in the 60's) when my biggest kitchen injury happened. I was making caramel apples - wearing shorts - somehow spilled hot caramel on my upper right thigh. Had a very bad blistery burn from it and still have the scar. We lived on a farm in the country - no emergency room close so we didn't go.

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seagrass_gw

Chisue "As God as my witness I thought turkeys could fly".

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hallngarden

Not exactly kitchen area, but hubs was taking out garbage. Really freak accident. Dropped in disposal can ,lid was open , lid came down on his arm and it sliced top layer of skin off about 7 inches long. He walked in house, happen to have a handkerchief and trying to cover. Blood was all over his arm . Got to bathroom and I was the one that was hysterical. Could not believe this had happened. Of all times, our doctor son is out of town. We FaceTimed and said we had to get to emergency. We had not been anywhere February and now we had to go to hospital. Son called ahead and someone was waiting outside and took us in less traveled area and straight to a room. Still to this day in disbelief that a freak accident could happen . Slow healing as hubs is 82. I am the worst nurse in world. Dressed it twice a day, I would take off bandage and say ohhh, it was painful to look. We laugh now, son was saying when he FaceTimed he was more worried about me than hubs. Oh, the joy of getting old.

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petalique

I’ve only cut myself on extremely (razor) sharp knives. The sharpest knife ever was a new Victorinox 8” chef’s knife. I’ve sliced the tip of my index finger(s) off on several occasions. One time in 1970s with a very sharp bread knife and Ihad nerve pain for years after.


After other finger tip slices, I’ve quickly secured the bias cut tip back on with Steri Strips (use with tincture of benzoin to get best adhesive). One time the replaced tip stayed on and bonded to the finger. A second time it only half bonded, but the tip acted as a sort of flesh bandage until new finger tissue could grow beneath it. I did not put any ointment or peroxide on it and (gross) kept the same bloodied Steri strips on for about two weeks, letting it sort of grow off. I kept it from getting wet for 8 days and watched for any sign of infection. It’s a good idea to stay current on tetanus shots, BTW.

You can buy various sized Steri-Strips and tincture of benzoin online. I love the fragrance of benzoin. Local drug stores didn’t have any.

I badly cut/gouged/sliced my wrist one fall when working o a boat. I attempted to jury rig Steri strips (while dripping lots of blood everywhere) by using numerous adhesive sections of bandaids. I really needed suturing, but wanted to watch a meteor shower with hot chocolate on my front steps. In the midst of that show that cold evening, I felt my hand and arm cold and wet. The bandaid strips had let go.


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beesneeds

I'm finding it interesting how many people are cutting fingertips. Fingertips should never be exposed when holding food for cutting, they should be curled in.

Also interesting is the dull vs sharp knife thing. I find dull knives are far more dangerous because they are not functioning correctly- only times I've nicked myself has been either usually dull knives or occasionally my own inattentiveness to knife skills.

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Elizabeth

The only bad knife cut I ever had was at our son's house one Thankgiving day. While helping to cut peeled potatoes into chunks, I discovered that the knife I was using was no sharper than a dinner knife. I pushed harder and harder to get through the potato until it slipped sideways and my finger got cut. I spent some time going to stores looking for butterfly closures. It really should have been stitched but I didn't want to make a fuss.

Had the knife been sharp it would have neatly cut the potato with no sideways slipage.

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carolb_w_fl_coastal_9b

Oh boy - this is a really cringe-y thread!

Lots of scars on my hands - and arms too. I not only cook a lot, and worked in restaurants as a teen, but also do arts & crafts, and have cut myself plenty with razors, scissors and exacto knives - not to mention paper. Sewing is another activity that has produced any number of injuries from needles and pins and seam rippers.

Once I cut the back of my hand pretty good on the blade of a paper cutter by just brushing against it.

And I remember once stupidly trying to slice a bagel with my finger in the hole.

I've had a few where I had to hold my hand above my head to slow/stop the bleeding. Never needed stitches though, thank goodness!

Also never accidentally 'seasoned' anything I was preparing 😉

P.S. chisue - I think you remembered that WKRP episode backwards:





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donna_loomis

Anyone remember Dan Akroyd's hilarious Julia Child skit?

Julia

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OutsidePlaying

tvq, I swear my mandolin is the scariest tool in my kitchen.

My worst kitchen cut was when I was fairly newly married many many years ago. We had baked a fairly large ham and I was cutting slices for sandwiches. I’m fairly certain at that point in my life I wasn’t using the best, or maybe even the sharpest of knives. I don’t recall. Anyway, I was slicing away, the knife or the ham slipped, and I cut a nice ’v’ on the side of my finger near the knuckle. I didn’t think it needed stitches, so I just bandaged it up. I still have a small white v there.

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kadefol

I just remembered another bloody incident, ha. I was opening a can of cat food while in a hurry, dropped the can as I was picking it up and tried to catch it and the sharp can lid sliced through the webbing between my thumb and forefinger. That one did require about 4 stitches and I was the first person ever to come in with a cat food can lid injury and got a lollipop for my trouble. :)

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kathyg_in_mi

I have the gloves shown in a previous thread. I have tremors and have to be careful around knives.

But years ago when first married, predishwasher, I did what my mother told me never to do. I put my hand inside a glass to wash it. Yep, the glass broke and I still have the scar to prove it!

And yes, this thread makes me shiver in fear of what comes next!

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denali2007

The week before the mandolin incident my DH was out fishing and caught a fishing hook in his finger. He couldn’t get it out. He paddled to shore and somehow was able to get the kayak on top of the car and drive to the ER to get it out.

Two weeks later he was using the mandolin to slice some zucchini strips for a recipe he was watching on YouTube. The woman who was using the mandolin was not using the guard and he turned to me and mentioned it. Next thing I know he had sliced his fingernail off.

i won’t use the thing and wanted to throw it out years ago! He wouldn’t let me.

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carolb_w_fl_coastal_9b

OMG that reminded me of a crafting accident I had in a roomful of kids. I was struggling to tie a knot of plastic lanyard around a lanyard hook and my hand slipped and the hook went through my thumb and stuck there. I had to run out of the room, hiding my thumb with the hook in it from the children, so I could take it out in private. That was nasty! Those things are not sharp at all. I remember staring at it in disbelief, trying to figure out how to remove it...

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wantoretire_did

I also have had two (count ‘em two) mandolin thumb end removals. Each time I neglected to use the guard that came with it. BTW, I had to look up how to stop bleeding, it was so bad. One recommended way is to put the fingertip in a dish of black ground pepper for awhile. It does sting a little, but works. It cakes on. I just left it for quite awhile, a few hours, lightly covered.

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aok27502

My SIL has a mandoline story. It was a holiday, I think Thanksgiving. It was in the morning, she was slicing potatoes with the mandoline. She cut herself badly enough to take off for Urgent Care.

Adult son, waking up and finding everyone gone, sees that food prep is in process. Takes up the mandoline and potato. Yep, cuts himself badly enough to need care.

I think she got rid of the mandoline.

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ded_tired

I’ve been pretty lucky in the kitchen. One small scar from a hot cookie tray. However my friend dropped a blade from a food processor on her foot and ended up in the ER with a severe cut.

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Elizabeth

Well, I am not buying a mandolin now!

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tvq1

Oh, buy a mandolin!--hey are a wonderful kitchen tool. Just make sure to buy one of those gloves and use it every time!

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Elizabeth

I think my food processor has that type of blade and a lid on it.

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roy4me

A long time ago I was cleaning the back of the refrigerator and dropped something behind the grid guarding the motor.

I reached in and got a shock so hard it knocked me on my fanny.

I had been having a lot of heart palpations and the shock stopped them.

My doctor said he never heard of a person going an at home cardioversion.



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ded_tired

Roy, that’s kind of funny. Glad it had a happy ending.

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Mega Bauti

Squirted lemon juice in my eye once.

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lily316

I didn't think I had a story but then remembered one of many decades ago. I was just married, very young just out of college, and had never been allowed in my mother's kitchen. So I was making Swiss steak (that was before I became a vegetarian) and flipped the floured steak over with a spatula instead of a large fork. Hot grease splattered on my wrist and skin the size of a silver dollar melted. We had no health insurance so went to a drug store and got some ointment the pharmacist recommenced. I still have that little porcelain jar as a remembrance. No scar though.

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sjerin

Having company for dinner and getting a late start, I was chopping onions rather quickly when my grip lessened on my newly-sharpened knife and sliced a neat 3-inch cut into my shin. Didn't even hurt. I'd never had stitches before and couldn't believe how much it freaked me out. The doctor who sewed me up was perfect: a man with the gift of the gab, who told the most hilarious stories that had both dh and me practically rolling on the floor. The tactic worked well and I can barely see the scar line.

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nancyjane_gardener

I was cooking artichokes and swung around with the pot. Clipped the counter and spilled a pot full of boiling water down my belly! I refused to go to the Dr for a week, then saw evidence of infection.

Ended up being 3rd degree burns that required 3 months of treatment! Treatment thankfully ended when our 2017 fires happened and so many others needed much more care than I!

Oh yeah, the hospital people suggested I buy one of those pots with the collendar inserted into the pot. Still using it!

Also many cuts from sharp knives!

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beesneeds

Wow sjerin, how did you get you shin while cutting? Did you drop the knife on your leg while cutting?

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sjerin

Yes, I lost hold of the knife as I was hurriedly chopping and it flipped up into the air and straight down in front of my leg.

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