Last week was rough as we dealt with a kitchen accident. Janna somehow got her left index finger stuck in the business end of our new Cuisinart hand blender.
Janna was cleaning the blender and, due to the large, convenient, touch-sensitive switch, she somehow touched that switch while her finger was near the blades.
In the flash of a second, the bloody business was done and I was on the hunt for pieces of her finger in the kitchen sink.
I was able to find her thinly sliced fingerprint sitting on the cool stainless steel. I plucked it from the wet surface with a pair of tweezers, put the print on an ice cube and — with her finger bleeding, but our minds intact — Janna and I walked to the emergency room of the hospital a block away.
Four hours later, we learned the Cuisinart had taken not one, but two, pieces of her flesh and also sliced her finger in two additional places that didn’t result in a through cut.
The first cut was the whisper-thin fingerprint I found. The other chunk of her finger was a deep, missing, gouge that must’ve fallen down the kitchen sink drain.
Since the larger chunk of her finger was missing, the fingerprint I’d so carefully saved could not be re-attached.
Janna was wrapped up with thick bandages and given a prescription for Percodan and sent home to heal.
A week later, her finger is doing better — I think I see signs of her fingerprint returning to life — and I am left with the ringing warning by triage nurse gave us as Janna’s finger was examined: “You’d be surprised how many kitchen emergencies we deal with every day. The kitchen is a hot, sharp, and dangerous place.”
Please be careful in your kitchen, and please know hand blenders have double, sharp, blades that spin at an incredible speed. You should certainly unplug any hand blender before you clean it, but when the best way to clean such a blender is to run it in a glass of clean water, you can see how the danger of being cut begs the price of getting clean.