Did you know we are moving?? It's true! (You'd know if you followed me on Facebook or Instagram, wink wink nudge nudge.) Don't worry, all the details are coming as soon as our house is listed on the MLS, most likely Friday – so stay tuned! Let's just say I've been running around like a mad woman…which is a recipe for hurting myself. I am the most accident prone person on the planet and it is so FRUSTRATING. When my kids get injured I know what to do, and all is well. But what happens when you, a busy, active, places-to-go-things-to-do adult accidentally gets injured? It's much more complicated.
I recently cut the tiny tip off of my thumb, only a few months after getting 5 stitches in the other thumb. Yes guys, I'm that bad. And BOTH times I was headed to a TV segment! Yes, it was that ironic. (And yes mom, I've learned to slow down and be careful – especially when running late.)
With my first thumb injury I went through an entire box of bandaids in 2 days, and was in so much pain I might've well not have had anything. The second time I learned the tricks and it was an effortless, seamless (albeit annoying) injury that didn't slow me down! Trust me, you need to read at least to number 3. It will change your life.
You may think we strange for getting so excited about a post like this, and products like this. But until you injure an integral body part like a FINGER and are trying to figure out how to change diapers, do dishes, type, drive, text, cook, put on makeup, even do a stinking TV segment…you just don't realize how important this is! I partnered up with CVS and their #FindYourHealthy campaign for this post because I wanted to give you the few simple things to keep on-hand if you are accident prone (like moi) that will not only make your life easier, but save you money in the long run!
Here's my all-star lineup for when you accidentally cut yourself and need to get on with your life:
It's important to keep a BIG box of bandaids (or several smaller boxes) on-hand, especially if you have kids! For one, they are cheaper when you buy in bulk. Two, a variety of size is important! You do not want to have to run to the store in the middle of bleeding and feeling your pulse through your thumb. Trust me. Keep them on-hand at all times so you can wrap and move on with your day. My favorite are boxes like this that have a variety of size and texture.
I like to put one bandaid across the top (over the injury) as shown above, then put a second one wrapped around my finger at the base of the first bandaid to help hold the it in place.
If your injury is really gushing I'll put a small square of gauze pad on it before the bandaid, otherwise you'll soak through an entire box in no time…which is a waste of money. And gross.
Quite note…while I'm no First Responder, my non-medical advice is to wait to slap a bandaid on it until you've kept the injury elevated above your heart and applied pressure for a while to slow down or stop the bleeding. …or in my case, try not to pass out over the fact that you saw a chunk of your thumb on your cutting board. ew. ew. ew. ew. eeeeeeeew.
2. Stretchy Medical Tape
After the bandaid comes the tape. This is my SECRET WEAPON! I didn't have any on-hand with my first thumb injury, so I had to use stiff, white, athletic tape. It made my thumb sweaty (gross), I couldn't bend my finger, and it was so thick it made my thumb look like a Disneyland turkey leg.
You NEED the stretchy, breathable kind. Nude color helps when you're headed to do a TV segment and it sticks out like…well…like a sore thumb!
It's self-adhesive too so you can mold it to any shape, almost like wax, so even though it's rectangular it fits well on awkward places…like a tip of a finger
It's soft and pliable and super thin, so I can even type still! It's a miracle, I tell you.
I know I'm nerdy for getting so excited about this. But my first thumb injury was so miserable and the second one was SO MUCH BETTER, I feel like it's my calling to bring the world this information. It's my duty, Freebs.
3. Latex or Vinyl Gloves. YOU NEED THESE IN YOUR LIFE!
My mom ALWAYS has a box of vinyl gloves in her kitchen. I never understood it…until I wised up and got some for myself. Guys, they are as useful as a cabana boy!
Think about it…if you cut your finger, for example, how do you expect to shower? Do dishes? Change a poopy diaper? Dice garlic? Go to the bathroom? Wash your hands, for heaven's sake!? You change your bandaid and medical bandage 10,000x per day right? The injustice must stop. Think of the children!
Get some of these bad boys and keep a glove on whenever you are doing something messy or wet, or any time you need to wash your hands. I would do hand sanitizer on my injured hand, then put on a glove, and wash my hands like normal. Wash my face at night. Get in the shower and wash my hair. Cook, change diapers, do laundry, clean your house, whatever! You just pretend the glove is your normal skin and do whatever you would do typically. The gloves protect your entire injured area and since they are so inexpensive (especially if you buy them in bulk), you can toss them away all day and not feel bad about it.
4. Pain killers!
Because let's get real here, if you cut off the tip of your thumb or gash your thumb with glass so deep that you need 5 stitches, it's going to hurt a bit. A lot a bit. You don't get mom badges for enduring unnecessary pain, so taking the edge of is perfectly fine. I found that day 1 and 2 I needed a little pain med action to help me get through my day, and after that it was healed enough to not need them any more.
So there you go! There's my two cents-worth of info on how to make a miserable experience more manageable, and to keep injuries from slowing you down. Be sure to check out CVS's #FindYourHealthy campaign to get lots more ideas on how to keep yourself and your own family healthy.
Now…be safe and don't run with scissors!