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bear

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Post Ouch! My fingers!
on: November 25, 2012, 15:49
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I'm apparently subconsciously driven to try to destroy my hands so as not to take advantage of the long weekend to get some guitar time in.

Thursday I sliced pretty deeply into the tip of my left index finger while prepping mushrooms for the meal, one of the first things I did cooking. Just @*#%ing spiffy. Especially since I can't fret or bar with that sucker. And today I shut a closet on the skin around a right index knuckle, breaking the skin and leaving a nasty bruise. I'm wearing oven mitts on my hands until work on Monday morning like I'm George Costanza in that Seinfeld where he's a hand model.

The knuckle I'll shake off, but I've done the cuts to the tips before and don't like the aftermath as it effects guitar. Does anybody keep Dermabond on hand to be able to glue up the cut and play through?

Double D

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Post Re: Ouch! My fingers!
on: November 26, 2012, 01:36
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I ran restaurant kitchens for over twenty years. My last gig was nearly eight years of cutting meat at a crazy-busy barbecue joint. I had a knife in my hand six hours a day followed by soaking in soapy water for a couple of hours. I nearly NEVER cut myself with the knife, but soapy water, industrial stainless steel kitchen equipment and musicians' hands don't mix. I never had knuckles. I also don't recommend slamming your ring finger in a heavy apartment door three hours before a gig...

smgear

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Post Re: Ouch! My fingers!
on: November 26, 2012, 03:51
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sorry to hear man. Keep your knives sharp and superglue handy.

mwseniff

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Post Re: Ouch! My fingers!
on: November 26, 2012, 05:38
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Jeff Beck did a massive cut to one of his fingers while slicing carrots a year or so ago. He said he thought He'd never play again. He remembered that Django Reinhardt had a damaged hand so he bandaged a couple of fingers together and started learning to play that way. After sometime he healed and all is well. He says that it taught him about guitar in a way he never would have otherwise.
I hope you have a good outcome for your injury.

Oinkus

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Post Re: Ouch! My fingers!
on: November 26, 2012, 06:02
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Did the restaurant deal all my life and construction in between , I have sliced , smashed,broken,bashed ,mangled and maimed most every finger I have before a gig.I remember a story about Adrian Vandenberg getting hit by a trucks mirror in the parking lot before a show and going on anyway, during the show his hands got sticky and weird , basically his face was torn and bleeding all over himself and he couldn't figure out what was wrong.It's one of those things , you play or don't dependent on how badly you need to eat usually.

bear

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Post Re: Ouch! My fingers!
on: November 26, 2012, 06:16
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My cut is a flesh wound that'll finish healing within a week, but it went through just about all of the pad on my index finger tip. (Bugger wanted to bleed, too.) I get these sorts of things every so often. It seriously makes me think of keeping Dermabond on hand, although the surgical grade crazy glue is expensive.

Ethyl CA (aka Krazy Glue/Super Glue) has some toxicity issues to watch for until it polymerizes and it can ignite cotton! 2-Octyl CA, as used in Dermabond and other medical products, is designed not to have toxicity issues. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krazy_Glue#Safety_issues

Oinkus

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Post Re: Ouch! My fingers!
on: November 27, 2012, 03:32
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Like we music folks have issues with toxicity? Besides I thought the only other use super glue had was getting fingerprints off of baggies? Under the pad is the worst , especially if anything nasty starts growing under there. Of course soaking fretting hand is always bad , Epsom salt really will wear down your calluses.A good old fashioned metal sliver is always an awful healing experience.You could probly work lighting the super glue into your show for a real bigtime you-tube hit ?Rambling ignore me , sorry you hurt yourself.

joe
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Post Re: Ouch! My fingers!
on: November 29, 2012, 14:06
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I've always been scared of the Super Glue thing, but I have seen two famous players do it with my own eyes: I witnessed Stevie Ray Vaughn make a "skin patch" by squeezing the stuff onto his forearm, gluing a sore fingertip to it, and then yanking after it set. And I've seen Flea literally pour Super Glue into a groove on one of his fingers.

Double D

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Post Re: Ouch! My fingers!
on: November 30, 2012, 10:28
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My best buddy's back went out minutes before we were to leave for a gig the other day. It took him nearly five minutes to walk down his stairs. I had to load all his gear and drive his, uh, highly eccentric car (AMC Eagle with stalling issues). But we got to the gig and he put on one of the best performances he's given in months. I've always found that aches and pains, illness, wounds, depression, etc. always largely vanish at show time. The healing power of music? The ultimate distraction? Endorphin production? I don't know what it is, but I do know I've NEVER cancelled a gig come hell or high water.
As for the Super Glue, don't you guys all breathe solder all day for fun? Hell, I still smoke cigarettes, so what's a little extra toxic goop at the end of the day?

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Larry

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Post Re: Ouch! My fingers!
on: November 30, 2012, 10:33
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Quote from joe on November 29, 2012, 14:06
I witnessed Stevie Ray Vaughn make a "skin patch" by squeezing the stuff onto his forearm, gluing a sore fingertip to it, and then yanking after it set.

God, why not just bring some Moleskin?

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