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Re: The Miracle of the Thumb

I meant to make a post on this thread the first time around and forgot. I used to work in the greenhouse industry and an illegal alien worker at a customers place took a fall and gouged his arm just below the shoulder. It was quite bad and certainly needed a bunch of stitches, but he was adamant that he wasn't going to a doctor, and he spoke no English. I sent someone out to get the largest BandAid Advanced Healing pad (In a metallic colored box) and they came back with one about 3" x 4". I had someone translate to him that he needed to put it on and press his hand against for at least two full minutes to set the adhesive from body heat. Then I instructed him not to remove it, leave it on until it started to come off on it's own in several days to a week. Pulling one off early can be really painful! I told him that the bandage swells up and turns white, which is normal. However he needs to watch if the skin turns red around the bandage as that may be an infection, and then he really needs to see a doctor!

A couple of weeks later I was back there and the guy come running over to me with this big wooden box. He rolls up his sleeve and shows me a nicely healed scar. Then he hands me the box. It was a present, I didn't know they made wine bottles that big! I'd bet it was at least 2 gallons. I didn't have the heart to tell him I don't drink, I gave it to a friend.

I've used the smaller versions of these Advanced Healing BandAids. If that was my thumb and I was out on the boat away from medical help it would be my first choice to hold everthing together. I've avoided taking time to get stitches a few times using them. The big secret to get them to stick properly is holding your hand over it for at least one to two full minutes.

Gary H. Lucas
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