After my mother died, I spent about a year, at my father’s house, helping him with renovations. Day and night, we wore ourselves out painting, laying tile, pulling up carpets, scraping windows, and adding bathrooms, before we found ourselves completely exhausted and wanting nothing more than a good nights sleep.
In the mornings I’d wake to the sound of my father making coffee in the kitchen and I’d jump up to join him curious as to what the plan was for the day.
One morning, half asleep, I walked into the kitchen to find my father doubled over the sink and looking white as a ghost. I rushed over to see what was wrong but he said he was fine, that I didn’t need to worry. He fussed at me saying I worry over him too much so I left him standing there and headed towards the bathroom.
I barely got in the door when I caught sight of the blood splattered all over the floor, the side of the tub, the toilet and the vanity. I rushed to get back into the kitchen and caught my father just short of passing out before finally getting him situated on one of the bar stools.
Having just lost my mother, I started to scream about the blood in the bathroom and demanded that the tell me what was going on. Still weak, he pointed to his feet and I looked down to find his one foot literally soaked in blood and it gushing, pooling on the kitchen floor, so I grabbed a basin that was sitting nearby, placed his foot in it and ran to the sink for some water and salt.
Filling the basin with a enough water to cover his foot, I sat down on the floor in front of him and discovered that he was missing the tops of his two smalls toes and his middle toe was cut in half.
I started asking question and in his feeble state, he explained that he woke up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom and letting the moonlight guide his steps, stubbed his toe while on something really hard. He said it was hurting pretty good and he put all his pressure on that foot while he was standing and then still guided by the moonlight went back to bed saying he threw a pillow under his foot to stop the throbbing and went right back to sleep.
He never looked at his foot, didn’t know that he was bleeding and didn’t realize that he’d hadn’t stubbed his toe, he cut them off on a box cutter that he had laying amongst a pile of tools just outside the bathroom door.
He forgot all about it when we woke up, until he started feeling dizzy and light-headed as he stood in the kitchen.
I’m not a nurse and it was obvious that he needed to see a doctor and it was gushing with blood so I rushed to get dressed and said,”Dad I’m going to have to take you down to the hospital because your going to need stitches”. My father in his weakened state, looked at me dead serious and all crazy in the face and said, “I’m not wasting a bunch of money, giving it to doctors for some stitches, Kerri, reach over there in that red toolbox and hand me that roll of duct tape”.
And that, my friends, is how my father used his duct tape. True Story! How do you use yours?
Reasons Why We All Need Duct Tape in our First Aid Kit:
1. Make a bandage in a pinch. You’ve gotten a bad scrape. Here’s how to protect it until you get a proper bandage. Fold tissue paper or paper towel to cover the wound and cover this with duct tape. It may not be attractive, but it works in a jam.
2. Make butterfly bandage strips: Cut two small strips of DT, and add a smaller strip across their centers (sticky side to sticky side) to create a makeshift butterfly suture.
3. Wrap a sprained ankle: If you trip and sprain your ankle, wrap the ankle with duct tape to give it some support.
4. Make a sling: Fold a length of DT down the middle, so that it is half the original width and no longer exposing a sticky side. Use the strap to make a sling for a busted arm.
5. Blister care: Cover the blistered area with a bit of cotton gauze, and tape over the cotton. Make sure that the duct tape fully covers the cotton and doesn’t touch the blister at all.
6. Create a splint: A broken ankle or leg can be stabilized with ample splint material, padding and duct tape. Pad the crotch of a forked branch with some cloth and duct tape to fashion a quick crutch to go with your splint.
7. Painlessly remove splinters: Place a piece of duct tape over the splinter and leave on for a half hour. Then slowly peel away. The splinter should come off with the tape.
8. Duct tape for warts: In fact, duct-tape therapy looks to be more effective than cryotherapy, according to WebMD. Put duct tape on the wart and leave the tape on for six days, and to replace it if it fell off. After six days, they were told to remove the tape, soak the area in water, and rub the wart with an emery board or pumice stone. After 12 hours without the duct tape, they were told to put a new piece on the wart, and continue the cycle for two months or until the wart was gone.
9. Duct tape to remove hanging moles or skin tags: Hanging moles or “skin tags” are non-cancerous skin growths that develop due to skin rubbing against skin. In appearance, skin tags may be flesh toned or slightly darker than the skin’s natural pigment and resemble a stalk-like figure protruding from the skin’s surface. Skin tags are generally harmless and often removed for cosmetic reasons. Skin tags can be removed either medically or naturally, depending on your preference. Skin tag sufferers find the usage of duct tape on a skin tag an inexpensive and highly effective treatment. Just use water, antibacterial soap, a wash cloth, a towel and Duct tape. Cleanse the skin tag and surrounding skin thoroughly, using warm water and an anti-bacterial skin soap. Be sure to rinse all soap residue from the skin, pat dry with a towel. Maintaining clean skin throughout the skin tag removal process is essential for preventing infection. Place a 1 in. Piece of duct tape directly on top of the skin tag. Smooth the duct tape over top the skin tag, making sure the fit is firm and secure. Duct tape will cut off all blood circulation to the skin tag causing the tag to drop off the skin painlessly. Allow the duct tape to cover the skin tag for a minimum twenty-four hours. Remove the duct tape after twenty-four hours to monitor the skin tag’s elimination process. If the skin tag is not removed after twenty-four hours, replace the original piece of duct tape on the skin tag, covering once more for an additional twenty-four hours.
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