October 28, 2009
Public Service Announcement: Use Caution When Playing With Knives
For those of you that didn't hear about my latest cooking escapades, I feel obligated to inform you that there was an "incident" in the kitchen this past weekend. Jonathan and I were expecting dinner guests and we had left just enough time to finish preparing food before our guests arrived...
I decided that we needed to include vegetables in the meal so I started chopping up several bell peppers with a butcher knife. I'm still not quite sure how this happened, but I laid the knife down for a brief moment and somehow knocked it off of the cutting board and directly onto my foot below. I quickly sat down on the kitchen floor and grabbed my foot which was bleeding profusely at this point. Thankfully, Jonathan was there; he immediately handed me paper towels and an ice pack to try to stop the bleeding.
It could have been a lot worse than it was; the knife stabbed into my foot but did so at an angle, which actually helped stop some of the bleeding. I did not end up going into the emergency room for stitches- I sat with my foot elevated for awhile and then decided that I really wanted to help finish dinner before our guests arrived so I put several layers of bandages on my wound and went back to the kitchen... carefully.
It's been four days since this incident and I can now walk without pain; however, wearing shoes is another story and I'm starting to wonder if the injury was actually worse than I thought. Regardless, I am on the mend!
After our guests left that evening, I spent some time thinking about the accident and realized that I was incredibly blessed to have learned this lesson now instead of in a few months or years with a small child around the house. How easy it would have been to have a much worse outcome than to suffer the repercussions of my own clumsiness for a few days! And yes, I am being much more careful when I play with knives...