Wednesday 29th of February 2012, after sitting at my sewing machine sewing away all day to make a tea cosy and apron set at about 3.30pm I though hey the machines out lets tackle a couple of those fix, make fit better jobs, you know the ones that linger in the sewing box or the dress that stays in the wardrobe because it just needs a little pinch or tuck to fit better. After pinning and adjusting a strap on a summer dress to fit I get sewing the 10cm strip of fabric, about a centimetre from the end, there was a bit of a crash, I felt a pinch in my finger and pulled my hand out. On closer inspection I realised the needle had gone into my finger and the end was still there!
Here you can see how the machine needle is bent from the force of me pulling my hand out of the way!
It didn’t hurt that much, though when I looked to see if I could get it out myself I realised touching the end of my finger was far too painful! It had gone in through my nail and I could just see the point of the needle behind my skin on my fingertip.
My first reaction was to tweet though!
I’ve just sewn my finger into my sewing, broke the needle and currently have the broken bit stuck in my finger, ouch!
3:49 PM – 29 Feb 12
After a bit of panicking as I was home alone and didn’t know what to do, I did realise I needed to get some help and got myself to Samuel Johnson Hospital to Minor Injuries where I waited and was unfortunately seen just after 5pm and since X-ray closes at 5 needed to go to A&E instead.
At least at this point Phil had finally decided to answer his phone and he was able to take me to Good Hope Hospital in Sutton. We got there at 6pm, the needle had been in my finger for 2 hours at this point!
At Good Hope my finger was x-rayed and then we could see that the needle was actually stuck in the edge of my bone! Then I had to wait for the Orthopeadic Doctor and that took ages!
Eventually the doctor did come down, they looked at the x-ray and decided to numb my finger, make an incision on my fingertip where the needle point could just be seen and pull it out!
So they did but there wasn’t enough needle to grab to pull it from so in the end it was pushed through using a needle and out it came. Phew, only 5hours after it went in!
I was re-x-rayed to check it had all gone and bandaged up and sent on my way with some antibiotics.
Almost 2 weeks later my bandage is off, it’s healing up but you can still see where it went through my nail and where I’m going to end up with a scar! Plus the end of my finger is still regaining it’s feeling, it’s all pins and needle-y!