But, there is a problem with this avoidance mentality. I love to cook and bake. How can I properly operate in my brand-new state of the art kitchen with tools that are no more effective than a butter knife? The short answer is that I can't and so, over the years I have accepted that every so often, there might be a bit of blood with dinner. The husband has learned to accept and ridicule my klutziness, but he tries everything he can to help me protect my hands from sliding chef's knives and skidding cleavers. So, it was with some horror that he allowed me to purchase my latest toy, a Waring Pro Electric Knife Sharpener. My theory goes like this-if the knife is kept sharp, there is less of a chance that it will skid and hurt me. In other words, the sharper the better! What a wonderful gadget. It plugs into the wall and the motor activates the grinders. You place the knife needing sharpening into the grinders and voila, an instantly renewed blade!! And so it was, with some excitement that I set out to sharpen my 8" chef's knife in order to slice the onions and peppers necessary for this evening's dinner. (You all can see it coming, can't you?)
Half way through the dicing procedure it happened. My left thumb, as if operating with its own individual brain stem, stubbornly stuck itself right into the path of the knife just as I was completing the chop and was opened into a bleeding gusher. Screaming in pain from the cut and the mixture of onion and garlic juice that seeped immediately into the wound, I raced to the bathroom and immediately applied pressure. First aid training is a wonderful thing. It seems to automatically kick in when needed. Not to sound too gross and disgusting, but the amount of blood that made its way from my tiny little thumb, was worrisome. Upon further examination, it was becoming entirely possible that a stitch or two might be required to close the cut, but I was not yet willing to give into that possibility. I wrapped my thumb in gauze, and secured it with 5 (yes-5!) Band-Aids so that my thumb now looks as though it is wearing a weird looking splint. My thoughts are that if the blood seeps through my defense mechanism, then I will make my way to the emergency room. If not, then I am probably safe. The amazing part of all of this, is that I actually returned to my meal preparation and finished slicing, dicing and cooking. The good news is that tonight's meal is chili, so a bit of extra red will not be noticeable.
My thumb is throbbing and bound so tightly that I cannot move it at all. There is very little circulation moving through the tourniquet right now, so the thumb is about 5 degrees colder then the rest of me. I need to practice some music for the upcoming Kol Isha concert, but I can barely grip the neck of the guitar. Not only that, I am feeling like the perfect fool. I am a grown woman for f*%$ sakes, who cannot cut a f*&@#*g vegetable without fears of amputation. The only good news in all of this, is that my new toy works to perfection. Hopefully, this will be my last Jack Horner moment, but I am highly skeptical. Once a klutz, always a klutz!