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Sometimes you just need to test out your training.
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Needless to say, there comes a time when some of the things you've studied, been taught and trained for, become reality. At that point it's time to suck it up and test your knowledge, or find a new level of personal limitation. The other day was one of those days.

So I experienced a pretty good laceration on my hand, the other day. How good, you ask? Well let's just say that the inner workings of my hand look pretty cool. So I do the whole First-Aid thing, then evaluate the injury for further treatment.

Wound was pretty clean, and no major vessels were damaged. Way too deep and in a location where Steri strips and surgical glue weren't going to work. Believe me, I tried. So.....so I dig deep into my med kit, couldn't find it at first, and pull out the suture kit. After sterilizing all the tools necessary to do the job, I get to work. One handed, of course, because the wife was on her way home from work at the hospital.

Incert three stitches. No Novocain. Use a hemostat as a second hand, to tie everything closed. You can still see some of the surgical glue residue. Of course once the doctor gets home, she rolls her eyes, throws her hands up and calls me "ridiculous". Personally, I think I do damn good work.

PS. Never send a text to your wife that reads like this: "How's your day? Bring home a suture kit. See you tonight." Big Grin    

   

   
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That's some John Wayne stuff right there. Hey they look pretty good!
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Good stuff! Most people would expect the pain to be too much to do this but it's not really that bad.

I've had about 70 hours of first responder training and it's amazing how much I can naturally recall my training without even thinking about it in an emergency. That's why you train though and put it in practice. When the time comes, it just comes naturally. You don't think about it, you just DO it.
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Those stitches look pretty good for being done one-handed with what I presume was your non-dominant hand.

Having a bit of training does come in handy at times. Although I can think of better ways to use the information than when you have to use them on yourself.

I managed to do this this with an axe the last weekend of February while camping pretty deep in the Delaware State Forest with some friends. The axe glanced off the tree I was cutting for firewood and used my tibia to stop. I admit. It was caused by not following the rules. I've done it 100 times before. This time I got called on it. Fortunately I missed both the patellar tendon and the popliteal artery. Took out a thumb-sized chunk on bone and split the front of the tibia. 13 stitches and two months on crutches with another month to go.

What was nice is that, being a wilderness first aid and basic first aid instructor, I had the necessary med kit and knowledge to treat myself with a pressure dressing to get the bkeeding under control. I also helped plan my evacuation since my buddies had to carry me out.

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Proper training. Proper equipment. And proper execution. It sucks getting hurt. But sucks even worse when you aren't prepared.
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