by toogie 16d ago

Hello Cuties, it’s always so much going on with everyone but I have to tell you of my week. WARNING:THIS IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART!

Monday and yesterday Thursday I kept Avery, Gus and Nora all day, but Tuesday is the day I wanted to tell you about.
We were planning to go meet a guy on his land to pick up pecans, at a set time. We had 2 brand new pecan pickers we were anxious to use. Although we have had them a year or so the advertising cardboard was still zip tied to the handles. I had just finished dressing in my bedroom when I heard my husband call out to me. I knew instantly what had happened. You know when you have that sinking feeling because I had just had the thought he is going to cut those zip ties off and use his pocket knife.
I came into the kitchen to what looked like a crime scene. There was so much blood! He was gripping his hand with the other one and blood kept pouring out. He wanted me to give him some paper towels, which I did, but I ran to my sewing room and grab bias tape. I cut it long and while running back to the kitchen, I stretched it out so it would be all stretched out and would tie tight for a tourniquet. I tied it right above the wrist.
I then grabbed more paper towels for him and a Walmart plastic bag out of the pantry and slipped it over his hands and tied it. I drove him to the hospital ER bc we are country and by the time paramedics find us we’d be dead.
When we arrived at the hospital there was an ambulance backing up to the entrance and one already there. We went in through a side entrance just as they were wheeling someone in. When the staff saw the puddle of blood in the bag and his bloody hands they brought him straight in. I gave them his name and birthdate and told them I had to go move my car.
I then returned to sign paperwork ( without my glasses to read) and give them insurance cards. They then said go on inside to meet my husband. The doctor was already getting the staple gun to staple his knife wound.
It turns out when he went to cut the plastic zip ties off, the knife slipped and he stabbed himself in the hand. Since he bleeds so freely, I couldn’t see just exactly what he had done. I just thought he must have cut his hand open and would require surgery. Thank God he didn’t. The dr said he could have punctured a blood vessel or artery but by me putting a tourniquet, it had helped to slow the blood and must have sealed itself back off.
They said most people don’t think to do that. I asked them if there was a certain place to put it and they said I had done well. The nurse said school taught them at least 2 inches away from the wound.
When we were still in the ER just waiting on discharge paperwork, hubby asked if I called Dale, the guy that was meeting us. I looked at him like, ‘ have I had time or thought of Dale?!’ but I held my tongue and called Dale to say why we couldn’t meet him.
I told my niece Eraine, the one I travel with, that I had forgotten about the kitchen floor. I had to come home and clean that up. The blood splatter had dried so I had to put hot water on the floor to loosen it. The biggest was a little harder to clean up and the floor kept looking pink. My husband thought it might stain but I kept mopping it up with paper towels until I got a clean towel when I wiped. I then gave the kitchen a good mopping with pine oil. It didn’t stain.
The next day we had to go get him a tetanus shot. They asked him before I got inside if he needed one and he wasn’t sure. I called our dr office and they said he hadn’t had one in over 10 years so he had to have one.
Today has been a relatively quiet day and I am grateful.
We also had been going to a Bible Conference class at night for 3 nights and Tuesday was the last night. I didn’t know if we could go, but I was so glad we were able.
I think they need warning labels telling people to cut zip ties with scissors, but then most guys I know don’t read directions anyway-🙄🤣My kitchen scissors were in the drawer, just 5 feet away.
When I sent Eraine the pictures she said she would have fainted seeing all that blood. I told her I only got weak knees after it was all over. It usually takes about 20 -25 minutes to get to that hospital. I left the house at 10:36 and by 11:00 he was stapled up. I only drove above the speed limits on my road and again on a straight stretch of road, with no traffic about. He was holding pressure on his hand and had raised him arm up too. I was afraid if he passed out from blood loss, he would bleed more, bc he would drop him arm and stop applying pressure. Thankfully that didn’t happen.
Anyway, that’s been my week that I am so thankful wasn’t any worse than it was. With thanksgiving day approaching we are reminded to be grateful and thankful for all we have blessed with, and all we have been given. ❤️Toogie


by peafarm 14d ago

I live rurally also and am approx 45 min. unless traffic is bad or I hit all the stop lights longer. Whew, good thinking on your feet. What an ordeal especially as he bleeds easily. Thank God you got him there. Accidents happen so easily. Praise the Lord they got right to working on him getting him stapled up.

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toogie by toogie 14d ago

Yes, I’m glad too. It took longer for the paperwork than for us to get to ER and for them to attend him. I made an appointment with our dr for the removal but I think Ashley will remove them so we don’t have to go in. She has the tool from the hospital where she works.

by hightechgrammy 15d ago

OOH MY WORD!!! Toogie, that is incredible. You did exactly what you were supposed to do! I don't think I could think that clearly and for us the ER is 22 miles away and no fast EMT either. I guess I should always keep my hair washed and brushed! And my shoes where I can find them. Aren't you glad you weren't in the shower or something. Whew! Praise the LORD!

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toogie by toogie 15d ago

I had just dressed as he called out. I thought too, that I was glad he wasn’t alone, when it happened. I usually am in my gown, if we aren’t going anywhere or expecting anyone. I was getting my clothes on bc I was going with him to pick up pecans. I thought about my hair when we got back. I had used the bathroom and was washing my hands and I looked up to see my reflection in the mirror. I don’t think I had brushed it yet.

by dlonnahawkins 15d ago

Toogie, you are a brave soul. I know what you mean about the blood when there is bleeding issues. Glad that you were able to get him to hospital, and things taken care of so quickly. At least you keep you cool and were able to do what was necessary at the time. Hoping for a speedy recovery.

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toogie by toogie 15d ago

Oh he is fine thank you. Healing well.

by loriziegler 15d ago

Thank God you knew what to do! I panic and I am the worst to be around during emergencies. I pray he heals quickly and listens to you to use scissors instead next time!

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toogie by toogie 15d ago

I thought he would learn from his last experience but evidently not.

by sebsews 16d ago

Oh my goodness! You kept your cool, I would have been passed out. So glad he had you there. I use a box cutter but now after reading this I will use scissors! I am thankful for so much. Happy Thanksgiving. Hugs, Suzanna

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toogie by toogie 15d ago

Please use scissors! That’s the first thing I did, before even cleaning the floor, when we got home. There were 2 zip ties on each of the two pecan pickers.

by 02kar Moderator 16d ago

You are my hero!!! Kudos and hugs to you. Far better you lose it after the crisis is over than during, I say. And I took your advice and told Rob your story and warned him to use scissors. A very happy Thanksgiving to you and hope this week will be much easier and less traumatic.

toogie by toogie 16d ago

Glad you warned him!
What is it with old guys having to always use their pocket knife? Guess he’s too old to change his thinking but I HOPE this time he learns. My friend Martha Ann said, we could have bought a lot of pecans, with what the ER bill will be!

dlonnahawkins by dlonnahawkins 15d ago

Yep, Like Toogies, not sure why they have to have a pocketknife. Hubby and I looked all over last evening for his pocketknife that he thought he had lost. He found it where he had used it to cute the perforations on a packet of wipes. Silly old man.

by basketkase 16d ago

Oh my gosh, how horrible an event to encounter in the kitchen. Thank God for the good outcome . Take care, Toogie...

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toogie by toogie 16d ago

Is this Vicki or Jim?
Good to see you comment, if it’s you V ! I’m hoping and praying for good health to be restored. I hope successful treatments can be tolerated, without side effects. May your spirit and energy be lifted, so you can enjoy the things in life you are passionate about. ❤️Toogie

by asterixsew Moderator 16d ago

Gosh dear… it’s surprising how we hold our cool in emergencies then after wonder how we did it. Glad your husband is safe home and recovering and all the blood has been removed from your kitchen

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toogie by toogie 16d ago

Thank you he is fine. I told him I was gonna have to treat him like a child and take all the knives away from him. Also, he keeps a sharp edge on all the kitchen and his knives.

by shirley124 16d ago

Well done toogie. I would have lost it in that situation. Don’t like the sight of so much blood. Hope all is well now. Hugs

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toogie by toogie 16d ago

Yes he is good, thank you. Our oldest daughter reacts like you at the sight of blood.

by sewtired 16d ago

So glad that you were able to stay focused and knew what to do and did it. Sorry that the two of you had to experience this, but glad of the outcome. You never cease to amaze!

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toogie by toogie 16d ago

Thanks I’m glad he’s okay now. We will see how much this pecan picker ends up costing when we get the ER bill. The thing is, this isn’t his first time to have an accident with his pocket knife. He and Ashley were on the front porch doing something with the weed eater. As I was walking up the steps, after my bus route, he cut himself. He had to have stitches back then and I know that weed eater ended up costing a lot more than what Lowe’s or Walmart charged us!

by sewmadau 16d ago

It is amazing how us ladies cope in an emergency. Thankfully it ended well, and you are both home safe. Please take the time to rest and both of you recover. Best wishes to you and your husband.

toogie by toogie 16d ago

Thank you so far I hold together well as it is happening. I only cry or get weak after it’s all over, which seems ridiculous to do then. I am so glad he wasn’t alone when he did this. I don’t even want to think what the outcome would have been.

graceandham by graceandham 16d ago

Hi, Sweets. I am another sister who is cool as a clam during the crisis and then collapse or get ill a couple weeks later. It's just the way we're built. Probably should have each had 10 kids.

toogie by toogie 16d ago

The three I had were enough, thank you-lol
One, Ashley, got a broken arm at school and the other two had to have stitches on their foreheads. Marsha when she turned over on her bicycle, on our then, gravel road. Our son got his when we were spending Christmas Day at my sisters. All the kids were playing hide and seek or some child’s game, in the barn, when he fell on the tractor disc. My brother in law farmed soybeans. Then another time the kids saddled a Shetland pony and didn’t gird the girth up tight enough. The saddle turned and he fell off on a tree root. Had a concussion. That’s enough accidents for me. I believe these were the biggest accidents while the kids were growing up in the country, so in a way, they were lucky-lol

by loriziegler 16d ago

Thank God you knew what to do and stayed calm enough to get through it! Prayers for you and your husband!

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toogie by toogie 16d ago

I have thought at different times this week about people that are stabbed to death. This was just one puncture or stab and look how much blood he lost.

by rescuer Moderator 16d ago

Wow! I'm so glad you knew what to do. Prayers for a peaceful Thanksgiving.

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toogie by toogie 16d ago

I just wanted the blood to stop and did the only thing I thought to do. I’m just glad it wasn’t but one stab wound and not a slash.

by sewmom 16d ago

Wow! You were absolutely amazing in crisis. I'm so proud of you, you saved his life!

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toogie by toogie 16d ago

His sister said the same thing. All I know is time wasn’t on our side, so I had to get him help beyond me fast. He asks like it was no big deal but I am not exaggerating when I say, it was a LOT of blood.