Fingertip cut

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Fingertip cut

Post by George Crocket » Sat Apr 11, 2009 6:50 am

Yesterday I managed to cut the tip of my left index finger with a very sharp knife. The fingertips are amongst the most sensitive parts of the body with numerous nerve endings and a very rich blood supply. The combination of guitar playing and a fresh cut on the tip is pretty bloody and sore. I'm going to try a little of the tear-off dressings tape in the hope of preventing bleeding and reducing pain without impairing the sensation required for playing. If that does not work, are there any other suggestions?
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Re: Fingertip cut

Post by pogmoor » Sat Apr 11, 2009 7:36 am

Bad luck :( In truth you might just have to take a rest from guitar playing for a few days. The only upside is that the fingertip is richly supplied with blood vessels and it heals very rapidly :)
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Re: Fingertip cut

Post by JQ. » Sat Apr 11, 2009 8:11 am

Yes, take a rest and heal your finger. For crying out loud, if you sprained your ankle, would you just put a bandage on it and try to run a marathon?

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Re: Fingertip cut

Post by George Crocket » Sat Apr 11, 2009 9:47 am

Point taken. But when you enjoy something so much it's tempting to try to indulge yourself at every opportunity.
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Re: Fingertip cut

Post by owl » Sat Apr 11, 2009 10:38 am

jamiecrock wrote:Point taken. But when you enjoy something so much it's tempting to try to indulge yourself at every opportunity.
LOL Jamie, I'm never tempted by pain! :shock:

Give it a rest for a few days

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Re: Fingertip cut

Post by muirtan » Sat Apr 11, 2009 2:41 pm

jamiecrock wrote:Point taken. But when you enjoy something so much it's tempting to try to indulge yourself at every opportunity.
Hi you could always focus on your right hand technique for a few days and just play unstopped strings.

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Re: Fingertip cut

Post by nsoliven » Sat Apr 11, 2009 3:54 pm

You can tune your open strings to a major or minor chord like D, A, D, F#, A, D and buy a glass slide. Put the guitar on your lap and practice slide guitar.

I hope you feel better soon.

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Re: Fingertip cut

Post by George Crocket » Sun Apr 12, 2009 7:19 am

Thanks everyone.

I did try the porous tape, but the adhesive seemed to seep through to the top surface and was sticking to strings. No go with that then.

With rest it's getting better quickly. Meantime I shall exercise my right hand technique.
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Re: Fingertip cut

Post by George Crocket » Tue Apr 14, 2009 6:23 am

More or less healed now, so back to normal practice and playing today. :D
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Re: Fingertip cut

Post by devp » Wed Apr 15, 2009 7:29 pm

good news

next time try super glue they use it in surgery

cheers
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Re: Fingertip cut

Post by Dxn » Thu Apr 16, 2009 1:49 am

That's impressive how fast it heals. Reminds me of a year and a half ago when I sliced open most of my left fingers on a jagged metal edge on the inside of an old (new to me) refrigerator, and then two days later burned (2nd degree) most of my right hand with an old (new to me) gas stove. I was out of commission for two weeks guitar-wise, but I thought it would have been even longer. Go figure.

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