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Bitty Bee
Dec 18th 2009, 03:18 PM
Well, I got stitches for Christmas this year! Just four. It made me wonder though, what kind of stitches stories y'all have? Does anyone want to share? :D

And mama if you thought I typed slow before, then I'm really pathetic now! What with my pinky all wrapped up.

Dec 18th 2009, 05:34 PM
This summer I sliced acrost the big nuckel of my left thumb. You could look in & see the cartalege. Got to the emergency room at 9:00 AM. At 2:00 PM I walked out with my 2 stitches. Should have done it myself! I did take them out.

Walt B
Dec 18th 2009, 07:01 PM
As a teenager - many, many years ago - three of us thought it would be a good idea to drive fast down a curving road and then park the car half way up a tree. My head went a little bit through the windshield. Decided not to do that again!

Now I content myself with sticking my fingers in table saws. The look on my wife's face is priceless when I come in the house with some digit all wrapped up in a greasy rag and say, "Don't worry, the finger isn't severed..."


Dec 18th 2009, 07:26 PM
Ouch....sorry to hear about that.

When I was 4, I rode my big wheel off the front porch and down 10 concrete steps. Later that day, with my 12 stitches in my forehead, as my uncle was getting ready to go home, I ran around the corner of the house to hide from him and tripped on a crack in the sidewalk. Back to the hospital twice in the same day for 21 new stitches....in the same place.

Th wildest stitches I ever had (6 of them) was when I was 15, while playing football I had something poke through my skin on my arm and started bleeding. I went to the emergency room, where they removed a sliver of glass that had been there since I had run through a glass door when I was five. I had always thought it was scar tissue and never realized that they never got all the glass out of the arm when the accident originally happened. It never bothered me for ten years, until I got hit just right.

Last time I sat down and counted, the number was over 150 stitched. None associated with a major auto accident....and non from any bar fights.... :thumbsup:

All three of my kids (age 6-4-4) have been to the emergency room for stitches....and none from me..... :lol: Seems the metal and glass coffee table is a magnet for falling kids.

Walt B
Dec 18th 2009, 08:06 PM
So, Baby Beek, what was it you did to get the stitches for Christmas?

Give us all the details.

We told you about our mishaps.


Dec 18th 2009, 08:51 PM
Knowing her, it was either cooking or sewing. :)

The worst I ever had was a 2 inch cut on the elbow and another one on the wrist. While I was walking home, I got tired and laid down beside the road. A neighbor stopped and took me to the doctor. The doc said I would have bled to death if the neighbor hadn't stopped. I wasn't tired, I was weak from blood loss.

Bitty Bee
Dec 18th 2009, 09:00 PM
Nice stories all, although they do sound like they were way more painful than mine!

I have a new appreciation for anistetic! :mrgreen:

I was opening a soup can!
I know, it's silly, but the cambells soup can with the peel open top was out to get me!! :duel:
I started to peel it open and it got stuck, so I started pulling a little bit harder and it gave way all of a sudden. The edge of the lid just slipped right into my pinky on the inner side just under the nail bed and above the knuckle; I didn't even feel it. It went deep enough that it didn't stop bleeding until after the stitches were in but I didn't look to see if there was cartilage. However I did get the doctor to teach me how to tie stitches! :D

I've had stitches before so this isn't too bad.
Last time they went all the way around my ear. I had fallen off my big brothers bicycle( that I wasn't supposed to be riding) Onto a pile of cinder blocks. It cut my ear all the way through right under the cartilage. I was real little so I don't remember how it felt or the number of stitches. I just remember having to sleep sitting up for awhile.

Bitty Bee
Dec 18th 2009, 09:01 PM
Idee was right I was fixing to make tomato soup!

Mama Beek
Dec 18th 2009, 10:04 PM
Baby Beek is our walking accident looking for a place to happen. When she was little she cut her ear in half....literally in half it looked like someone took a big pair of scissors and snipped it very neatly. I took her to our family doc, thankfully a very sweet and understanding lady, to get stitched up.....one week later to the day she jumped out of a swing and broke her arm.

She got a little bit older and went for a bike ride with me and hit the back side of a pickup truck and broke her nose, I didn't bother taking her in for that one since it set fairly easily for me. The winter before we moved out here she rode her bike into a hayfield and broke her collarbone......her uncle who cried like a baby when he broke his was amazed at how well she took it.

I'm glad I have a tough girl, she sure needs it. The folks at the hospital got a kick out of her last night. I think they kind of expected her to be squeemish but she wanted to watch what was going on.

Iddee, you poor fella.... good thing your neighbor stopped!

WaltB, you should NOT scare your wife that way! I just cringe everytime my husband comes in and goes "it's okay honey..." I immediately know that I better have the medic bag and or the insurance card pronto.

Bjorn, I have a piece of bone floating around in my elbow that I 'just know' is gonna creep out like that. I used to be an ace at jumping out of moving vehicles....that little piece of bone has been floating around in there since I was 15 and decided I wanted to go somewhere other than the place the truck I was riding in was going.

Before I had kids it was fairly common to see me sitting at a table at a party or down at the river stitching up the fellas that just couldn't see their way to get along without fighting. I thought momentarily about stitching up Baby Beek myself last night but sheesh, the poor kid already had to live through me setting her nose so I cut her a break and figured the hospital had anesthetic so off we went.

I'm waiting for the day that she stops being so dangerous to herself :beg:

I only had to go get stitches one time, and I busted them out about 4 hours later. I busted both knees up when I was 16 trying to jump over a creek.... I landed on both knees after falling about 15 feet down into the rock bed. I got home from the hospital and then my brother and sister decided to get a big softball game going. I couldn't pass up the chance to play, crutches and all, the stitches gave out before I made it to 3rd. I wrapped it up extra tight and never told mom :oops:

Dec 19th 2009, 08:45 AM
I have only had stitches 3 times. Most times I will just put on some band aids and carry on.

If you are going to be stupid you got to be tough!! :lol: :lol:

First itme I had a bad car wreck (rolled it over doing about 90) walked away from it without a scratch, a couple of days later dad and me were going to pull the car over to the shop and pull the motor and transmission. Dad was on the tractor and I was going to try and steer the car, he pulled a little on it and the steering wheel jerked my right hand into the smshed windshield, tore the tops of my fingers up pretty good. About 20 stiches in what was left of my first three fingers, lots of gauze bandages.

Second time was on an old tractor we use to have, the plastic handle for the tree point lift was missing, so it was just a metal handle with a kind of jagged end. I gave it a big pull up and my hand slipped, ripped the inside of my pointer wide open took 8 to close it up.

Third time was when we were running some two inch copper on a job, I made the first cut and took my leather gloves off, the pipe was going to fall and I made a grab for it, I hit it with my left hand and layed the top of the two middle fingers wide open, five more in each finger. I let the kids pull those stitches out, they thought it was neat.


Walt B
Dec 19th 2009, 03:41 PM
Mama Beek, I've been putting frames together and thinking about your post (a lot of time to think when you're putting frames together). I've been thinking that maybe Baby Beek comes by it naturally...kind of a genetic thing? :D ;)


Dec 19th 2009, 04:54 PM
I ain't certain I could even count all of mine.

first 12 or so at 4 years old which came the way of a hernia operation.

next when I was nine when I fell off a swing set and a bolt got in the way of my knee... total about 6 stitches.

next when I was 12 and I fell off a bicycle and knocked a whole in my elbow where you could see to the bone... another 6 stitches.

the next ones occurred when I was 17 when I half way bit off my tongue while playing basketball. don't know how many the doctored administered on that one. this one almost gave my mom a heart attack... I began to start thinking I need to be more careful

the last stitches I received at age 30 after cutting my left leg with a skill saw.

Mama Beek
Dec 19th 2009, 08:41 PM
yikes Tecumseh! Be careful with the skill saws, man that had to hurt! I feel for your mama, I think I would have had a tough time with that tongue one too......wow. :shock:

Well Walt, you know how it is......trees, nuts....yup. I didn't get stitches much though. I broke quite a few bones, torn ligaments, muscle tears and so on... and love how G3 said it....if your gonna be stupid you gotta learn to be tough. In my case, a little tough with some good medical training ;)

Baby Beek isn't stupid though, she just seems to find accidents more often than I would want her to. Me, well I was just stupid....young and plenty stupid. Now I'm old and arthritic...LOL. ;)

Poor Baby Beek isn't feeling well today. She caught the stomach bug her brother had and has spent the whole day trying to sleep so it passes faster. That poor kid just can't catch a break lately.

Dec 20th 2009, 07:08 AM
Break out the honey! I always figure: Stomach bug... antibacterial honey --> put honey into stomach!

Of course, I use the same cure for sore throats and coughs...

Dec 20th 2009, 07:33 AM
mama beek writes:
Baby Beek isn't stupid though, she just seems to find accidents more often than I would want her to. Me, well I was just stupid....young and plenty stupid. Now I'm old and arthritic...LOL.

nope don't think so either.

however, the brakes don't work so well when your natural and acquired make up has always been full throttle. I 'blame' a good portion of this malady on my parents who never limited me in what I did or attempted. I do think thing thru a bit better at 60 than I did when I was 6 or 16.

you know mama beek I can't really recall any of the stuff associated with my various wounds as having hurt at all. I do seem to recall that the healing was uncomfortable (itched a lot).

Dec 20th 2009, 07:51 AM
I can't remember the first stitches I had, I was 3 and my cousin hit me over the head with a hoe. None in my teenage years. When I broke my neck, they rolled me over and took some bone off my butt and bailing wired it to the 3 vertebrae I broke. So I had stitches in my neck and staples in my butt. Consequently, I go around with my butt on my shoulder all the time :D . Then I cut the end of my thumb off and they stitched and stretched what they could over the bottom and end of it. They even sewed part of the nail cuticle back on and it took. Just no thumbprint on the bottom and won't hold onto anything, too slick.

Dec 20th 2009, 08:49 AM
had accident truck vs loaded quarry dump truck of course my pick up lost ( had a bit of help, the black ice thingy makes steering a tad difficult--the quarry truck didn't seem to care.). Was thrown into windshield over 200 stitches ( actually the doctor stoped counting after 200 ) and 40 more at various locations on my face. most painful--1800 lb forklift battery dislodged from hoist and partially came down crushing my left foot--took over 6 monthes before I could go back to work, and 5 monthes to get a shoe back on the foot. The were two broken bones that were immediately immobilized by swelling, and didn't require re splinting, and after 4 skin grafts from my upper thigh, my foot is almost %100, walk 2 miles daily and minor weight lifting so am alomst as good as new. :wave:

Mama Beek
Dec 20th 2009, 09:06 AM
Break out the honey! I always figure: Stomach bug... antibacterial honey --> put honey into stomach!

Of course, I use the same cure for sore throats and coughs...

Yup, we use honey for everything! I made a tea with peppermint, ginger, fennel seed, and anise seed and mixed it with ALOTTA honey. She got up this morning and ate a biscut..... I would say she's on the mend :thumbsup:

For sore throats and coughs we mix honey with an equal amount of raw cider vinegar and take a couple teaspoons full every couple hours. Works great!

Mama Beek
Dec 20th 2009, 09:10 AM
mama beek writes:

however, the brakes don't work so well when your natural and acquired make up has always been full throttle. I 'blame' a good portion of this malady on my parents who never limited me in what I did or attempted. I do think thing thru a bit better at 60 than I did when I was 6 or 16.

you know mama beek I can't really recall any of the stuff associated with my various wounds as having hurt at all. I do seem to recall that the healing was uncomfortable (itched a lot).

You bring up an interesting point! I don't remember the pain of the injuries as much as what I was doing when I got them. Baby Beek is the same, she doesn't remember her broken arm or nose or collarbone hurting so much as she remembers the spectacular crash she had or the looks on her brother's faces.

Full throttle.....that's life isn't it? We always ran hard, less so now that I'm not as healthy as I used to be, but we still keep on going. I'm hoping that Baby and her brothers will learn the thinking it out part of living a whole lot sooner than me and their daddy did.

Bitty Bee
Dec 20th 2009, 02:39 PM
Feeling Better!! :yahoo:
That honey helped alot!
Goodness rast, I'm sure glad my cousins aren't that mean! :o
The roughest disagreement I remember was when the thief tried to steel
my turkey leg! No physical injuries on that one, though.
Daddy cut the tip of his thumb almost off once. The doctors fixed it up though
and now it's kinda funny shaped and hard, but it works and everything. I can't remember
the whole story on that one off the top of my head. Something about an accident at work
and very bad doctor.
And ouch! Barry, those car accidents are too awful for words.
Thankfully I've never done anything serious to my legs or feet.
Tecumesh you've got to be tough to be that accident prone!

As far as the healing and all goes, I've always looked at it like going up steps. It's faster to just go down but worth it to reach the top.

Dec 20th 2009, 05:48 PM
with that last line I would swear (well not actually swear like a sailor ya' know?) that baby beek may have the inclination of a philosopher.

Dec 20th 2009, 09:14 PM
glad to hear you are feeling better baby beek, there is some kind of stomach flu going round here now.


Bitty Bee
Dec 20th 2009, 09:42 PM
Well thank y'all for posting! I just like to hear other folks stories, be they happy, painful or other wise. So long as they aren't too sad.
I'm just glad to know I'm not the only accident prone person I know!
However I am NOT a philosopher. I would probably drive myself crazy if all I did was sit around and think!!

Sorry to hear that the bug caught y'all too,G3. It's somethin' awful round here. Our pastor has had it twice now and everyone we know has had it at least once!

Dec 21st 2009, 04:50 AM
evidently from your statement you are feelin' better.

actually the philosophers I know (folks that teach the subject of philosophy at the university just up the road) don't just think all the time. they are likely the best read folks that I know and have honed the rules of logic like a sharp knife. they typically make exceptional computer programmers and are always good sources when you wish to find out how or where certain ideas developed.

strangely enough at the university level they are also the worst paid folks on the university staff.

Bitty Bee
Dec 21st 2009, 02:20 PM
Oh, well that's neat, minus the poor pay part.
I guess I always thought of a philosopher kind of like the thinker. Or... I think that's his name... the guy in sculpture that sits on top of the earth, him. I really should avoid those generalizations, it's a hard habit to break.
Personally I don't know any philosophers.
Although the rules of 'rules of logic' sound like an interesting topic. I didn't know anyone took the time to write them all up. :oops:
Reckon I should look into that one! Thank you for pointing it out.
I do love to read, and am ashamed of how little I've been reading here lately. Although I never had much of a taste for books that weren't historical-fiction until last year.
I guess that learning how much you don't know is just part of growing up. :D

Dec 22nd 2009, 06:33 AM
I am glad to hear that you like to read books. I had though that reading might have become old fashioned. I do/have read quite a bit of stuff mostly dealing with economics, finance and history. I have also read a bunch of stuff associated with bees.

sometimes topics like logic can aid a person in comprehending what other folks have written. which is to suggest directly that reading as a skill is one thing and comprehending what you read is another thing all together.

Bitty Bee
Dec 22nd 2009, 10:10 AM
Your right, and I'm still working on my comprehension.
I love to read things about bees, but haven't gotten a chance to read much, other than the how to book we got when we started taking classes and every ABJ I could get my hands on! Momma is a big bookworm and runs off with whatever book we have on hand and I usually just start reading something else then. :roll:

It's sad how many important and useful skills have become old fashioned. :( Logic, for one, beekeeping, & reading the list is shamefully long. That's one reason I like to talk to more experience folks like you and the people on this board. There's soo much to be learned and first hand experience or sometimes second is the best way to learn it. Words on paper are great but have their limits.
My favorite book is the bible, other than that I enjoy various sorts of how to books, missionary auto biographies, gardening and beekeeping books.

Thanks again everybody for the great stories!

Dec 22nd 2009, 03:35 PM
When I was seven I got cut on my upper right wrist by some broken glass I found. My dad put ice on the cut then put 4 sticthes in.
When I was 13 I went a swimming when I wasn't supposed to and slipped on a wet dock and a spike caught my right shin. I tried to hide it but by the 3d day I could hardly walk due to infection, 12 stiches closed it up after the cleaning.
when I was 14 I slid down a pole inside the end of the barn. I ripped my groin area right side open but not my pants on a spike. That one took another 15 stickes. At 18 in Veit Nam I required 9 stiches in a right finger to close a wound.
At 30 I used my Jeep with out a seat belts on to push over a 10 inch dia. 40 foot tall popoole tree. I went thru the windsheild and required 14 stiches in my forhead and 9 in my lower jaw.
And just a couple of years ago My right knee requred a night and part of a day in the hospital, plus a cargo net to close the gapping hole from a run away chain saw and a stupid operator.

:D Al

Bitty Bee
Jan 2nd 2010, 11:01 AM
Mom took my stitches out Christmas night. Now the cut has healed and the scar is forming.Unfortunately that means I am able to dishes again. Fortunately that means I can play with my rabbits and chickens again!

So, thanks again y'all for the great stories and I'm glad that you all survived and healed up well! :D

Walt B
Jan 2nd 2010, 06:28 PM
And we're glad that you're healing up well and can play with your chickens and rabbits. :thumbsup:


Mama Beek
Jan 2nd 2010, 10:02 PM
I think she took getting the stitches put in better than she took me taking them out! I'm soooo very happy that she can do dishes again ;)

Bitty Bee
Jan 2nd 2010, 10:07 PM
Because I could feel them coming out. I could not feel them going in. All I did was flinch a little anyway.