Thursday, October 7, 2010

Dangers of Sushi Making

To make sushi one needs an extremely sharp knife for cutting things into small thin pieces. Roy had a knife sharpener with a long handle for holding it, while he runs the knife blade backward and forward through it. I say had, as after the incident I'm going to describe, Roy threw it away. He had sharpened his knife extensively, but not quite to his satisfaction. You know how you get a really good idea that you know you probably shouldn't do, but you're going to be cautious so that the danger you know is in what you're about to do won't happen to you? Well, Roy decided to turn the knife sharpener around so the long handle was facing to the right and his left wrist crossed over the area where the knife was jabbing back and forth. A moments inattention to the knife blade and it was plunged into his left wrist an inch deep!!! Thank God I was outside when this happened, or I would have totally freaked! I heard him yell and came running to find the camper floor sprayed with blood from one end to the other. Roy said he nicked an artery and in the quarter second it took him to apply pressure blood was spraying everywhere! He was understandably faint. We assessed the situation and it appeared that with pressure the wound would begin to heal, and stitches weren't necessary. We disinfected with my old time favorite, iodine. Roy was able to move all his fingers and his thumb. The stab was located in the wrist area below the thumb. He was able to move his thumb, but with a tingling to sharp electrical shot of pain. We were afraid we were looking at a 6 week recovery period and possibly interference with the upcoming job. It's been a week and a half, and recovery seems to be coming along quickly. We don't look at sharp knives the same, and especially the fillet knife he was stabbed with! I think it will be awhile before I can get the image of all that blood out of my mind to enjoy sushi at home again. A lesson learned for RVers in the aftermath of this event is to know where the local hospital is. While I have an idea of its location here in Corydon, I would have wanted to be very exact in getting there had it been necessary. It's a good lesson learned the hard way.