Signs of Infection: How small cuts become big problems fast!

Posted on: September 7th, 2012 by Victoria Comments

Me on my way for holidays!

Finally it is time for holidays!  The car is packed with bikes, fishing rods, rifles and wine!  My boyfriend and I are heading to Alberta for a country vacation.

We leave our home in Penticton and get 20 minutes down the road when Jacob begins to complain about pain in his hand.  He had gotten his fingers mousetrapped at work between a piece of steel and the concrete floor during a simple crane lift procedure.  It was a small injury.  Two blood blisters that had formed on his fingers.  As a welder and fitter, he is used to minor injuries, cuts and bruises.  The blood blisters had popped so he went to first aid to get a bandaid. The first aid attendant cleaned the wound and dressed it.  Jacob returned back to work for the rest of the week without incident.

It wasn’t until 4 days later that a problem was noticed.

Two small blood blisters

Within one hour from leaving our home, Jacob was in agony.  We headed to emergency in Oliver for treatment.  They gave him an antibiotic IV and sent him on his way.  His direction was to get another antibiotic IV at our next stop en route the following day.  In all fairness to the hospital in Oliver, we were pressing to get on the road. Next stop was Cranbrook.  At the East Kootney Regional Hospital, the emergency doctor stopped the road trip.  Jacob’s finger had swollen up to the size of a bratwurst ready to burst.  Red was radiating up his hand.  She called in the orthopedic surgeon.

Within 45 minutes, Jacob received emergency surgery on his hand.  His finger was in jeopardy of being lost.

Swollen like a bratwurst

Jacob recovered well after the surgery, but is undergoing physio to regarin grip strength.  This is a critical time in our lives.  We don’t want to jeopardize his healing.  To lose the use of the flexor would mean losing the ability to use his hand fully.  This could be career ending.

Jacob on ferry          The situation was dramatic enough to begin with!  One piece of paper made this situation easier.  The first aid record!!!  We are grateful that Jacob reported the injury to first aid.  Without having documentation, he never would have been able to substantiate his claim for Worker’s Compensation Benefits.  A reminder of the importance of reporting minor injuries!

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