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August 9, 2011 7:43 PM Subscribe
I just put a 2 inch gash in my leg deep enough to expose fatty tissue. I can't afford to go to the ER. Will it be okay if I wait until morning?
posted by echolalia67 to health & fitness (48 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I was using a wood chisel to remove trim from one of the doors on my chicken coop. I applied too much force and ended up opening up a 2 inch gash on my leg right above my knee. I could see fatty tissue but no muscles or veins. With a little help from my husband, I flushed out the cut with sterile saline, held the edges of the wound together while applying bandaids (tight, in an effort to keep the wound edges together), covered it with sterile gauze and loosely applied an ace bandage to immobilize the area.
I can't afford to go to the ER - the bill would put a serious dent in our finances - but I plan to go to the doctor in the morning. The one thing I am really worried about is the possibility of infection, seeing as I working in my chicken-infested backyard at the time. Tell me hivemind, do I have any compellingly urgent reason (worth spending $1, 000 +) to go to the ER now, or is it okay to wait? I know, YANMD.