Am I going to bleed to death?

@TheHorse (54785)
Pleasant Hill, California
May 8, 2016 10:01pm CST
It was a a sad moment today when I was trying to fix the glue gun I use for attaching screens to screen frames. A slip of the hand led to a deep gouge in my hand, and I wondered if I'd have to go to the emergency room. My default is to assume that the folks in the emergency room think much like we do: What can we do to stop the bleeding without going overboard? I drank the beads of blood, put some antibacterial ointment on the injury, and used some medical tape I had on hand to made something of a bandage. As of a few hours later, I think the bleeding has stopped, and there's no pain. I think I'll just keep my humble bandage on there, and hope for the best. Would you do the same?
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@celticeagle (114515)
• Boise, Idaho
9 May 16
Sure. I was brought up in a family that didn't go to doctors. My grandmother was our doctor unless there was something serious going on like measles or tonsils.
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@TheHorse (54785)
• Pleasant Hill, California
9 May 16
It seems like doctors often tell us what we would have thought of anyway. I put some antibiotic cream on this thing and then wrapped it tight. I haven't passed out yet.
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@celticeagle (114515)
• Boise, Idaho
9 May 16
@TheHorse ....Grandma used to put some granules of gelatin on a bleeding wound. Worked great to stop the bleeding.
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@TheHorse (54785)
• Pleasant Hill, California
9 May 16
@celticeagle Gelatin? Sounds good. The bleeding seems to have stopped. I just hope there's no infection.
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@Lucky15 (33757)
• Philippines
9 May 16
Oh no have them check even if bleeding stopped
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@TheHorse (54785)
• Pleasant Hill, California
9 May 16
Why? They'll just tell me the same thing you or I would say. I think the bleeding has stopped already.
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@vandana7 (57811)
• India
9 May 16
It is the kind of instruments or tools Pony..
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@slayer08 (2369)
• Philippines
9 May 16
i know i would. you should also keep your arms up for a little while if it continue to bleed just in case.
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@TheHorse (54785)
• Pleasant Hill, California
9 May 16
If I lay in my bed and held my arms up, I think I'd fall asleep.
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@slayer08 (2369)
• Philippines
9 May 16
@TheHorse haha yeah that sometimes happens
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@TheHorse (54785)
• Pleasant Hill, California
9 May 16
@slayer08 I have one paper still to grade and I'm yet to cook dinner. I must stay conscious.
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• Eugene, Oregon
9 May 16
I would use some really good, nurse recommended Polysporin and put a good band aid on it. It could get infected pretty easily and you need to play those strings.
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@TheHorse (54785)
• Pleasant Hill, California
9 May 16
I do indeed. I put a healthy dose of antibiotic ointment on it before I wrapped it up.
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• Eugene, Oregon
9 May 16
@TheHorse I feel better already!
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@TheHorse (54785)
• Pleasant Hill, California
9 May 16
@JamesHxstatic I'm glad. I'm cooking up some dinner, and feeling OK. I think the bleeding has stopped.
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@teamfreak16 (37061)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
9 May 16
Yes I would. About five years ago I tripped on a Downtown Colorado Springs sidewalk and ended up in a Bush. It carved a really big gouge in my hand. I didn't even bandage it. Left it to heal itself. It left a pretty good scar.
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@TheHorse (54785)
• Pleasant Hill, California
9 May 16
Sometimes it's best to let nature take its course. Is the hand fully functional?
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@teamfreak16 (37061)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
9 May 16
@TheHorse - Oh yes, it's fully functional.
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@TheHorse (54785)
• Pleasant Hill, California
9 May 16
@teamfreak16 That's good. I feel a little woozy, but I'm still going.
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@LadyDuck (126951)
• Switzerland
9 May 16
Yes, I would have done the same, being careful not to make my husband notice what I did... just to avoid to be rushed to the ER.
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@TheHorse (54785)
• Pleasant Hill, California
9 May 16
Does he tend to over-react? It hurts this morning, but it's not bleeding.
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@LadyDuck (126951)
• Switzerland
9 May 16
@TheHorse Yes, he tends to over-react and always thinks that one day I am going to kill myself doing something stupid in the garden. It's normal that it hurts, the important is that it's not a throbbing pain, because this should mean infection.
@puddleglum (1436)
• United States
9 May 16
I would do the same, unless the bleeding didn't stop. That sounds painful. I hope it heals completely.
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@TheHorse (54785)
• Pleasant Hill, California
9 May 16
It doesn't hurt that badly. I'm still conscious.
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@jstory07 (59939)
• Roseburg, Oregon
9 May 16
As long a the cut is not to deep you will be ok.
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@TheHorse (54785)
• Pleasant Hill, California
9 May 16
I no longer see blood seeping through the bandage, so I think its OK.
@just4him (96484)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
9 May 16
I think it would depend on the gouge. I'm glad you were able to take care of it yourself. I know that saved time and expense.
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@TheHorse (54785)
• Pleasant Hill, California
10 May 16
This one's going to be just fine.
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@just4him (96484)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 May 16
@TheHorse Good to hear.
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@TheHorse (54785)
• Pleasant Hill, California
10 May 16
@just4him I may dump a bit of hydrogen peroxide on the injury tonight before I go to bed.
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@nanette64 (14759)
• Fairfield, Texas
9 May 16
I have @TheHorse . I don't go to the ER unless it's absolutely necessary; although, that has almost been my undoing on a couple of occasions.
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@TheHorse (54785)
• Pleasant Hill, California
10 May 16
What happened?
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@TheHorse (54785)
• Pleasant Hill, California
10 May 16
@nanette64 That sounds scary as heck.
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@nanette64 (14759)
• Fairfield, Texas
10 May 16
@TheHorse It was and of course since I'm right-handed; this happened to my right wrist. I had several stitches, the usual rabies shot (oh joy) and it took 4 months to heal.
@toniganzon (42821)
• Philippines
9 May 16
I would call my sister immediately who's a doctor. I can't stand the sight of blood.
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@TheHorse (54785)
• Pleasant Hill, California
9 May 16
It wasn't dripping. Just beading. I think I'm OK.
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@toniganzon (42821)
• Philippines
9 May 16
@TheHorse that must have hurt a lot.
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@TheHorse (54785)
• Pleasant Hill, California
9 May 16
@toniganzon It hurt, but no more than other similar injuries. I'm still going. But I think I may be hungry.
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@Jessicalynnt (47931)
• Centralia, Missouri
9 May 16
lol tape bandage. I once cut myself whittling. that one should have gotten stitches, at the time I finally disinfected it and then taped it shut, but it bled on and off for days
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@TheHorse (54785)
• Pleasant Hill, California
10 May 16
I did that up in Montana. Got my thumb with a saw. Dipped it in bleach (what I had) and wrapped it tight.
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• Centralia, Missouri
10 May 16
@TheHorse ouch! the thought of bleach made me cringe
@vandana7 (57811)
• India
9 May 16
Ouch...That does not look too good Pony! At my end..I'd make dad fuss over me.. I so very like dad doing that...
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@vandana7 (57811)
• India
9 May 16
@TheHorse .. Oh Pony...I am basically..I like being fussed over, and I fuss naturally...don't realize I am doing it. :) And honestly you do need to get it checked if it was more than beads of blood...anti-tetanus may be?
@andriaperry (36259)
• Anniston, Alabama
10 May 16
Yes I am not a whimp either, bandage and let it heal. BUT if it starts bleeding again I would head on to the E.R.
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@TheHorse (54785)
• Pleasant Hill, California
10 May 16
It's already scabbing up. I'm a happy camper.
@JESSY3236 (5273)
• United States
9 May 16
I wouldn't. I would have gone to the ER because I wouldn't want it to get infected.
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@TheHorse (54785)
• Pleasant Hill, California
9 May 16
I put some anti-bacterial on there really quickly.
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@mavlana (1031)
• India
9 May 16
Thats really bad..hope you will get well soon.
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@TheHorse (54785)
• Pleasant Hill, California
9 May 16
Thanks. I think it's just a flesh wound.
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@unisa000 (61)
29 May 16
Yes I will do the same.
@ElicBxn (60185)
• United States
16 May 16
probably, I cut my finger pretty badly one day and when I finally went to the doctor the next day, they said they'd've probably put a stitch in it if I had gone the day before... as it was, they "taped" it down with steri strips, put a big bandaid (cut 2/3 the size) around them and sent me on my way. I wore the steri strips for a week (don't get these wet) and a bandaid cut like they did for another few weeks. Then I took the cut part of the bandaid and used those for another couple'a weeks and finally went do a normal sized bandaid and finally those little ones. The first time I went without a bandaid was at my brother's wedding about 9 weeks later - but continued to wear bandaids when I was at work because of the nerve pain.
@Tampa_girl7 (22280)
• United States
11 May 16
As long as infection doesn't set in you should be fine.
• United States
10 May 16
Eek! I am hugely afraid of blood. I wouldn't be able to bare looking. But my dad is usually my doctor. If I was home alone I'd go to the doctors though.