Have you ever cut yourself deeply enough that the edges of the wound did not quite meet? Yesterday I cut my pinkie while chopping onions. I made a butterfly bandage to pull the edges together. This was a minor cut, not one that needed emergency care. Yet, without a butterfly bandage, the wound might not have healed as quickly as it did. When applied to the wound, the butterfly pulls the edges of the cut and holds them together securely.
Making a butterfly bandage from tape or a regular bandage is simple to do. I learned how to do it many years ago when I stuck my hand inside a glass while doing the dishes. The glass broke and I received a gash over the knuckle on my right hand about an inch long. I still have the scar, which I might not have if I’d gone to an emergency room for stitches. Those were days without medical insurance, so we treated it at home. My husband made a butterfly bandage to hold the edges of the wound together. It healed without incident, and the scar is barely noticeable.
Yesterday I was chopping onion for meatballs with cream sauce. The most obvious rule for chopping safety would be to keep one’s mind on the project at hand, but my mind had wandered. I should have sharpened my knife, but I didn’t. With the benefit of a butterfly bandage, my finger has already healed enough to remove the bandage.
This pinkie cut doesn’t look bad, but it was worse than any other little cuts I acquired while cooking over the years. I will pay more attention to what I’m doing, and I’ll sharpen my knife each time before using it. I will also have medical tape on hand in case I need a butterfly bandage. Making one from a regular bandage was less than optimal. But it worked.
P.S. Am I the only one that has cut a finger while cooking? I confess that I burn myself often by reaching inside the oven to turn the meat or pull the baking dish out of the oven. These burns have never been serious, but … OUCH!