All the other information is more or less correct. However, disease killed
more sailors than all of the naval battles. If disease didn't get them,
infections, many from splinters, would also take a large toll. Deaths from
actual battles were the least of their worries.
DF has given me some nasty splinters. As soon as I get one, I make every
effort to remove it before it get locked in. It sometimes calls for a
little self-administered surgery. A very sharp pocket knife has served me
well a number of times. Dr. Dave says, clean well with alcohol, cut it
open, remove the intruder, apply antibiotic, bandage or super glue and move
on. But then again, anyone who takes medical advise from the wreck needs to
see a doctor anyway!
You crack me up, Dave.....too funny.
I ran my hand once along a freshly sanded 8-foot strip of oak and
proceeded to accordion a sliver into my index-finger bone. Open finger
surgery didn't even get all of the oak out. That forced me to cancel
several gigs as I couldn't even hang onto a pick, much less play my
guitar. Quite a few people were very appreciative of that misfortune.
Many practice one-ups-man-ship here so here's mine Rob -
I was sanding a bamboo flyrod when I was younger - not knowing it had a
As I slid my hand down sharply, the sandpaper opened up the crack and a 8"
sliver pierced my lower palm and exited out of the side on my index finger!
As I was home alone I had to cut the sliver from the pole and extract the
sliver by myself! Man did that hurt~ The scar is still in my palm today 40
You forget: X-Acto knives. A set includes all the blades you need to
do self-surgery. Some 190 proof ethanol (For medicinal purposes), an
alcohol lamp (not a candle- too much soot), and some iodine (I use the
stuff we use to sanitize beer equipment) and you can go to town digging
out even the nastiest splinters.
As a tip- cut opposite the penetration direction. That ensures you
don't split it and push two pieces in further.
While it might be nice to have a shot in the finger to help you deal
with the pain, the pain helps you focus on where it is- where it hurts
is where the splinter is....
> Some 190 proof ethanol (For medicinal purposes), ....
Went to a co-op school which req'd working in industry in alternate
quarters when not attending classes.
My roommate had a co-op job at the Cleveland Clinic pharmacy which
gave him access to 190.
A bottle of 190, maybe 1-1/2 pints, a big can of Hawaiian Punch, and a
dorm room on the 13th floor with a window that overlooked frozen Lake
Erie in January (who needed ice), and we were in business.
Ah yes, those were the days my friend.
Pocket knife? Pshaw!
All you really need is a flat blade screwdriver. Root around in there
for awhile until it comes out the other side. You may not get the
splinter out, but the intense pain and copious bleeding will make you
forget about it. ;)
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