Jose's hand injury

Back in March Jose cut his hand trying to get a dried paint roller off the paint thingy. He used a 5 in 1 tool and it slipped off the roller and hit his hand.
That’s why you should ALWAYS push AWAY from your body!
I immediately tried to take Jose to nurse Mary in Meadview, but along the way I realized that she’s not always open and we stopped at a neighbor’s house to call. She was out for the week and so we went back home. It wasn’t bad enough for the 60 mile drive to Kingman and a huge doctor’s bill.
First we tried to superglue the wound shut, but Jose kept messing with it and it came apart and finally we took all the glue back off. We found 3 of the strips I still had from my squished finger and that worked quite well.
We tried to buy those strips in Kingman and couldn’t find any. We did stock up on iodine and gauze, etc. Nurse Mary was out of the strips too and eventually they got wet in the shower and didn’t stick anymore.
We definitely HAVE to get some more of those strips because they’re as good as stitches as long as you keep them dry. I’m sure this wasn’t our last injury. If you know where we could order them, please post.
When Jose arrived here a couple years ago he could have been a hand model. That didn’t last very long, with all the physical work around here.
And now his beautiful hand is permanently scarred:

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Ouch!!! I squished my finger


Sunday we tried to load an old trailer frame into the pickup, but had to take it back out because it didn't fit.  So I was holding and pulling it back out,  but not far enough.  It crushed my finger when we set the frame on the truck.  One more inch and my hand would have been clear.
Since we drove by the hospital anyway, we checked the ER and it didn't look busy.  So we decided to have them stitch it back up.  And I really needed a tetanus shot, been meaning to get one for years.
So they wanted to x-ray and that took forever.  It was fractured, so they also prescribed antibiotics.
Fortunately, I was wearing work gloves or not much would have been left of my finger tip. Here it is after soaking for a while (a bit gory):
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