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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Tobacco stops the bleeding

Last week I cut the top of my thumb.

I was showing a contractor, working at the house for the day, a toilet that needed to be fixed. Somehow, with my expert ways around toilets, I managed to drop the top of the toilet onto the marble floor. It broke with a loud crash. I reached down to pick up the broken piece.

"Be careful!" The contractor shouted.

He was too late. I sliced my thumb across the top on the very sharp edge of the ceramic toilet top. I swore. Loudly. Then I turned on the tap and placed my thumb under cold running water. The blood poured out an alarming rate.

The young contractor's eyes widened when he saw the red run off in the sink. He got me the Band-Aid box and wrapped my thumb in several Band-Aids but they were soaked through before he was even done.

I wrapped my thumb in a white rag. After half an hour the contractor checked in on my thumb. It was still bleeding.

"You need tobacco," he told me.
"Tobacco stops the bleeding."

He went out to his truck, got a cigarette, broke it in half and emptied the tobacco. He took a small clump of tobacco and pressed it against my bleeding cut. He wrapped another Band-Aid around the tobacco.

(Then he asked why I was taking pictures of my bloody thumb.)

I had my doubts. I really did. So I googled "tobacco stops bleeding" and was surprised at the results. Apparently tobacco really does stop bleeding. In my case it took twenty minutes.

It's hard to know if it was the tobacco or just the fact that fifty minutes had passed since I first sliced my thumb. I like to believe it was the tobacco.

Have you ever used an unusual first-aid treatment?

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At November 9, 2010 at 7:12 AM , Blogger Carol said...

Okay, I don't get really queezy when it comes to blood, but I had a hard time looking at these pictures!

Only a true blogger would think "Grab my camera" vs. "I think I need stitches." Awesome!

My dad used to put mud on bee stings and helped, or at least I thought it helped!

At November 9, 2010 at 4:18 PM , Blogger Emma Michaels said...

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At November 9, 2010 at 5:16 PM , Blogger Mama Hen said...

Oh my goodness that cut looks pretty bad! I know how much that must have hurt, because I slammed my thumb in the car door and had a pain taht I had never felt before for weeks! I never heard of tobacco, but if it works the why not? I would not have tobacco handy, but it is always good to know new ideas for treating things. Have a great night and I hope your feel better!

Mama Hen

At November 9, 2010 at 7:27 PM , Blogger Liz said...

Whoa! Um, I saw your photo and read it as "Tobasco" stops bleeding. I was going to ask you if the tobasco sauce stung!

Then i realized it said tobacco.

Either way, it's pretty crazy to me!


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