The quest for happy, healthy, hard-working hands
November 28, 2005 11:21 AM Subscribe
. I would like to start volunteering regularly at an AIDS hospice. My nails and cuticles are an ugly, bloody mess from a pretty bad nail-and-cuticle biting habit. It hasn't bothered me until now; but even with the double-layer of gloves I wear while doing the cleaning, the nuns who run the place have pointed out this is not a good situation for the patients or myself. How do I make my hands healthy and keep them that way in as short a time as possible?
posted by schroedinger to Health & Fitness (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Details: I don't bite or pick out of anxiety. It's more boredom and a desire to see those extra bits of skin sticking out removed, whatever the cost. I've half-heartedly tried nail polish in the past but the bitterness doesn't deter me, and I've bought and lost more nail clippers than I can remember. Anyway, it seems like the ripped-up skin appears whether or not I'm biting it.
Even when all the bloody bits do close up I don't know how to take care of my hands. How does one file one's nails, exactly? When a little bit of skin starts coming off the side of your finger, what do you do with it? What the heck are those cuticle-pushing thingies and what are they there for?
I am poor and the cost of a manicure or expensive beauty products (>$10) are out of the question until I can comfortably afford food, heating, and rent.