Use Caution When Sharpening a Knife

Saturday night, as Ian was sharpening a knife in preparation for making dinner, the blade slipped on the sharpener and sliced right through his thumb, clearing through the capsule that protects his joint. Behold:

Is it any wonder that I am nervous about using knives in the kitchen?!

Ian is usually pretty laize fair about injuries. He once sliced his arm open with a box cutter and attempted to super glue it shut at home (not a technique I would recommend unless you want a truly gnarly scar!). This time, however, Ian really freaked out. He’s usually very calm, but he was quite panicked, and was complaining about the pain. I knew we had to have his thumb looked at.

Thank goodness for urgent care! It’s a fraction of the cost of an ER visit, and we were in and out in about an hour. Ian had a clean cut, and luckily he didn’t do any serious damage (all tendons were intact and his joint was all good). He got four stitches and a tetanus shot just in case. We were still able to make it to our friend’s 30th birthday celebration…even though we were about an hour-and-a-half late!

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One thought on “Use Caution When Sharpening a Knife

  1. OUCH, Ian!! Glad you went in to get stitches! Hope it heals quickly. I guess that’s the down side of having really sharp knives!

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