The other day I was watching an episode of Sew Many Quilts, and I remember thinking, as I have before, that the safety glove they wear seemed kinda silly. It looks so cumbersome, and awkward. Monday afternoon, I had been cutting long strips for a baby quilt backing - no problem. When I cut the first of the short strips at the top of the photo, I cut into the side of my fingertip. There was't any blood visible on the blade so it didn't seem too bad. Then I ran my finger under the faucet - ouch - to see the damage. It really isn't awful, but the side of my fingertip, and fingernail, were sliced off. My first, and hopefully last, rotary cutting incident in 25 years of quilting! At the off-hours clinic, I did learn that a cut like this heals from the outside in, and should be kept moist, and covered until completely healed. Also, that running the cut under tap water for 15-20 minutes is as good as irrigating with saline, OR mix some wound disinfectant into a glass of water, and soak for the same amount of time. I really hope none of you need this information, though!
When I got back home, I checked to see if I could still cut with a giant forefinger, and it was no problem. Get back on that horse! But, maybe, that safety glove isn't such a bad idea now.