You're not my doctor, and you don't have a crystal ball. But can you speculate what will happen to my thumb after I took a pretty good slice at it yesterday? Bonus worker's comp question.
I was cutting a piece of paper with a brand new xacto blade and I very nearly took off the top quarter inch of my thumb, including through the nail. A few hours in the emergency room and 7 stitches later, I'm left wondering what will happen to my nail, the flap of skin on top, how the nail bed will heal, etc.
Here's a photo, which you should not click on if you're squeemish.
The nurse who stitched me up said she basically couldn't guess what would happen, but that the "flap" didn't look great. She said it might not heal like normal tissue, that it might be thicker or rougher. I also thought that things looked a bit... crooked. The edges of the nail didn't seem exactly aligned. I realize it's not like putting blocks of wood together, it's a fleshy squishy thing, but should I be worried? This was a pretty ritzy hospital if it makes a difference.
I haven't scheduled any follow up appointments yet. ER told me 12-15 days until stitches out. My RN mom told me to go see a Dr in 1-3 days to check healing and infection.
I have a physician (who's an LPN if it makes a difference) and I like her, and have been seeing her for a while. She's at a family practice. My employer also has a worker's comp MD. While I'm sure they'd reimburse whomever I saw, where would I get better treatment?
Should I see a plastic surgeon? Do you know someone with an injury like this? How'd it end up?