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Would you still ride? (warning: graphic picture)

Old 10-08-11, 08:55 PM
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Would you still ride? (warning: graphic picture)

I cut my hand today. I was washing dishes and I shoved my fat hand into a tall glass cup to try and reach the bottom with the dish sponge. The cups are a cheap set from Walmart so the glass is pretty thin. The pressure from shoving my hand in there made the glass break and the result can be seen below. My hand was making a twisting motion when it happened so it ended up being a pretty long gash. Should have seen it right when it happened..looks pretty now compared to what it looked like before.

I had plans to do my first ever mountain/climbing-only ride tomorrow. I was really looking forward to it, and now I'm really bummed out that this happened. I asked the nurse who was helping me first, and she said as long as I cover it well and don't get it dirty I should be okay. The doctor who actually stitched me up said I should avoid doing anything unnecessary with my hand. I told him about my plans tomorrow and he said I shouldn't do it.

So should I ignore the doctor's instructions and go for it? It's supposed to be 79 degrees out and probably the last nice day of the year. The entire area of my hand hurts like a *****, but the wound is in a spot that doesn't really make contact with the bars.

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Old 10-08-11, 08:58 PM
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If Johnny Hoogerland could finish the TDF with his entire lower half stitched up after falling on that barbed-wire fence, I'm thinking I should just HTFU here and go for it.
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I think I would. I don't know how much it hurts. I mean you're not doing this for a pay cheque, go for a spin and see how it feels, if it hurts too much stay home and eat pie.
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its not even cycling related.....


****....


i keed.....HTFU
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LOL...mmmm pie does sound pretty good now that you mention it. It really does hurt pretty bad. It's a throbbing type of pain. It went down to the bone and the whole area is sore as a mofo. I straight up asked the doctor for some hydrocodone and he obliged.

Does riding my bike count as operating heavy machinery? Are there any health risks associated with working out while on these pain pills?
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wow. same thing happened to me back when I worked in a coffee shop. I was scrubbing the bottom of a mug when the handle broke off and stabbed my hand. It only took 4 stitches. In my opinion (I am NOT a doctor), I do not see how this would prevent you from riding tomorrow. Get those band-aids that will cover the entire cut (the square shaped ones), just to keep debris and dirt from getting in there. Then when you get back take it off, shower and let it breathe. Hope you heel well (oh and btw the stitches may end up coming off by themselves).
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Old 10-08-11, 09:04 PM
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I exploded a firecracker in my hand on the fourth of July a few years back, then the next day had to lead a 2 week bike tour. So to answer your question, see rule 5
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Grabbing my handlebars, I can vision that opening up.
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Originally Posted by jeepseahawk View Post
Grabbing my handlebars, I can vision that opening up.
um... he has stitches. it likely won't open up too far at all.
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Originally Posted by ilovecycling View Post
LOL...mmmm pie does sound pretty good now that you mention it. It really does hurt pretty bad. It's a throbbing type of pain. It went down to the bone and the whole area is sore as a mofo. I straight up asked the doctor for some hydrocodone and he obliged.

Does riding my bike count as operating heavy machinery? Are there any health risks associated with working out while on these pain pills?
I can tell you I don't operate right when on hydrocodone, and frankly I think it's a bit excessive for some stitches...doctors over medicate. I have had MANY stitches and I rarely take the pain pills because I like how they make me feel too much. Im better off not taking them at all. I also have a high pain tolerance. I say take over the counter pain meds to ride and if you make it sore take your hydro post ride. I would hate to hear about how you slammed into a tree because you were seeing double
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Old 10-08-11, 09:17 PM
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Visit the local pharmacy and buy tegaderm. They're sterile, transparent dressings to cover the wound site when needed. I'd lay some antibacterial ointment as well before placing the tegaderm over it. You'll be good to go.
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Old 10-08-11, 09:19 PM
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Originally Posted by DropDeadFred View Post
I can tell you I don't operate right when on hydrocodone, and frankly I think it's a bit excessive for some stitches...doctors over medicate. I have had MANY stitches and I rarely take the pain pills because I like how they make me feel too much. Im better off not taking them at all. I also have a high pain tolerance. I say take over the counter pain meds to ride and if you make it sore take your hydro post ride. I would hate to hear about how you slammed into a tree because you were seeing double
I know. I asked for them because I like how they make me feel. I've been behaving myself for the last several months, so I figured why the hell not? I know I know, I'm a horrible person.
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I have a scar right about the same place. Did it with a chisel and cut the median nerve and radial artery as well as broke the bone. After surgery i had a cast and rode the next day. Big mistake. Hurt like hell but only during heart beats, shifting and braking. Give it a rest. More days ahead.
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Originally Posted by jdon View Post
I have a scar right about the same place. Did it with a chisel and cut the median nerve and radial artery as well as broke the bone. After surgery i had a cast and rode the next day. Big mistake. Hurt like hell but only during heart beats, shifting and braking. Give it a rest. More days ahead.
LOL. Only during heartbeats huh?
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um... he has stitches. it likely won't open up too far at all.
Yeah, I see your point, stiches never rip open.
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I got hit by a cab and ended up with 9 stiches in my knee, bruises and scrapes, and a concussion.... Not only did I ride myself to the hospital I rode a metric 3 days later.

See rule #5.

If his stiches rip open then his doctor cant stitch right. Any part of your body thats subject to alot of flex, the stitches should be left loose to allow for that.
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I wouldn't ride. I'd wait until my period was over.
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Id rest a little and give it at least a couple days to start healing.
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I had the exact same thing happen with those cheap glasses! They were my roommate's and they're slowly breaking, one by one. One cut my hand, just not as deep as your hand. And yes, I'd still ride!
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That's graphic? wow.
NewHO. Ride. As long as the pain doesn't bother you I wouldn't worry about it. It's most likely going to ooze and bleed a little so you'll have to deal with that more than anything. The local swelling will most likely make it hard for you to grip the bars but you really only need one hand right?
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You could buy some mole/moose skin bandaid pads and/or bandge it up real tight as if you were a kick boxer or Rocky or something. As long as you have an additional method for preventing your skin going taunt and pulling on the stiches you should be okay...

Dont stick your hand out when you fall.
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Dude.. you call that a cut??
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I have ridden with broken ribs, dislocated fingers, ruptured bursa in my knee (it was either that or hike out on foot), and with my leg wrapped from knee to instep after opening up my leg on a chain ring.

The road is so much safer than the trail...

One has to play it by ear as a few stitches may not bother some but might be very painful to others... and a little rest can do wonders.
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I'd give it a day or two so it sets right. Can you? Yes. Should you? Maybe not...
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Stay home and nurture the baby foot now living on your hand.
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