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Member # 4915
 - posted September 21, 2009 17:33
So, today for my fish biology class we were doing field work at one of the local parks. Field work for this class usually involves going to local streams and lakes and collecting native species to study back in our lab on campus, since it was a nice day I decided to go skin wading in the stream we were working in. The skin wading turned out to be a good idea because twenty minutes into trying to catch some fish I fell and drenched myself (I'd prepared for this and had a change of clothes ready for me once we got back to campus). At this point I should have known to just not try anything other than stand in the middle of the stream and steer the fish toward our large nets, however, my common sense didn't kick in. An hour later we were moving upstream and needed to reset our nets, wanting something to do I volunteered for the job.

The two of us that were setting the net had gotten down off of the bank onto retaining rocks that the park had set up to deter erosion, the guy I was with got off of the rocks perfectly fine, I however got my foot caught on the net and ended up with it sliding between two large rocks. Unknown to myself and my classmates a colony of zebra mussels had set itself up in the spaces between these rocks, after pulling my foot out and finishing setting the net in the stream one of the guys from class wandered up to me, points at my foot and asks me if I knew that I was bleeding. I had no idea and had been standing in the water for five minutes or so just bleeding away. Turns out that zebra mussels are insanely sharp and will slice open a human foot.

So, long story short, I have six stitches and a new collegiate battle scar, and I was just wondering if anyone else had any interesting scar stories that they'd like to share.
Ugh, MightyClub
Member # 3112
 - posted September 21, 2009 19:50
Sorry, no battle scar stories, but I will say folks around here hate those damn zebra muscles. Yes, they're very sharp, and they're clogging up the lakes and all the water intakes in the lakes around here something fierce. Some researchers recently discovered a zinc alloy (I think) that the muscles don't like, though. So hopefully the snobby hippies with their lakeside cabins can soon more easily use the lakewater that they don't want Cornell to use. (As opposed to the regular hippies who don't have lakeside cabins but still don't want Cornell to use the lakewater.)

Hope your foot heals up nicely Spaz!
Member # 2515
 - posted September 22, 2009 01:35
I've got a nice collection of falling-down-cliff related geology battle scars (and one on my forehead from opening a toilet door onto it while hung over on fieldwork...)
The Famous Druid
Member # 1769
 - posted September 22, 2009 05:18
All my impressive injury stories have, strangely, failed to leave much visible trace, while my few noticeable scars are of fairly prosaic origin.

I do have a fairly impressive cut-throat scar. Sometimes, when I'm feeling mischievous, I spin thrilling yarns about dark-street encounters with knife-wielding villains, but the real story involves a surgeon and a scalpel. Yawn.
Richard Wolf VI
Member # 4993
 - posted September 22, 2009 10:01
I cut my finger with paper last Thursday, does it count? Actually, no noticeable scars here.
Well, I was hit by a car in May 26th, but I didn't break anything.
Member # 3698
 - posted September 22, 2009 11:19
Only had to get stitches once, and that was working on-campus. I got careless with a utility knife and ended up getting three stitches in my pinky right before a final exam.

It was a bit embarrassing, because I knew better, and I was in the process of realizing I was being stupid when the knife slipped. [blush]
Member # 736
 - posted September 22, 2009 15:57
I have a nasty, raised scar on my elbow that's about 3 cm long and ~ 3/4 cm across at it's widest point. That's what happens if you slice yourself to the bone and don't get to a doctor in time. That's the remains of a mountaineering accident. So's the line through my eyebrow, and the scar under my nose.

That was a "fun" day.

I have another scar, on my left middle finger, that probably would have healed up better and faster if I'd gone in for stitches or, at teh very least, some skin glue. But I didn't. I cut myself with some broken glass. I was in the lab. It was late. I was washing up several sets of glass plates so I could use them again the next day. Two were sitting in the sink. One was in my hands. I was lifting it up onto the drying rack when I lost my grip (wet gloves are treacherous) and the plate fell and smashed into the plates in the sink. One particularly vicious shard flew up and then came down right smack on my finger. I felt the impact, but not the slicing - I didn't even know I'd been cut until I saw blood in the sink. The offending shard was, unfortunately, from a dirty plate and I don't really want to get into what may or may not have been on it. Student health was closed and, anyway, lab accidents come with paperwork no one wants to deal with so I just wrapped the thing up, doubled my gloves, and finished what I was doing. It took a long time to fully heal. Almost as long as the nastiness on my elbow. It wasn't infect or anything. It's just, when you cut yourself deep and don't get anything done to help the process along, it takes a while to knit the wound back together. That's why people started using stitches in the first place.

I actually have a couple other scars on my right hand, again from broken glass, but none of those were stitching candidates.

I had a reminder to be careful around sulfuric acid on my elbow but it got covered up by the other thing. I've also fried the nerve-endings in my fingertips with liquid nitrogen. :/

Science is dangerous.
Mr. Geek 2U
Member # 28663
 - posted September 22, 2009 16:38
That was such a well-told story, Spaz Girl that it gave me chills. It reminded me of a time when a friend cut himself on a bunch of oyster shells. They cut him like razors.

<has another creeped out moment!>


But be thankful that your biology class did not kill you, that is for sure.


I have a lot of scars on my body, but they are not as interesting as biology accidents!

What do you think?

Mr. Geek 2U
Member # 966
 - posted September 23, 2009 09:24
I have no science scars, but I have burnt myself with both heat and cold in the one day before (hot reactor, cold liquid nitrogen) I've always avoided chemical burns.

I've found that scars are fickle. Some of the worst I have are from very minor injuries, whereas the big injuries heal without a trace.
Member # 955
 - posted September 23, 2009 09:43
I have the ubiquitous "CD-ROM" scar on my left thumb. About 6 years ago (I guess), I was pulling the power cable out of a particularly stubborn CD-ROM drive when the cable let go and my thumb got sliced by a very sharp (and poorly designed) 90° angle bracket that was supporting the case. 5 stitches.

I also have a relatively new scar on my right hand where I burned myself on my toaster oven a few months ago.

So exciting! [shake head]
Member # 4915
 - posted September 24, 2009 16:18
So there's a new update to this story. Tuesday I had to go back to the ER because I thought I was reacting badly to the antibiotic they had given me. Turns out I ended up with an infection in my foot due to the PA in the ER not giving me a dose of heavy IV antibiotics. Awesomely enough, the infectious disease doc was there and told me that I in fact needed to stay overnight, I thought I would be out in the morning, but no. Ended up being there until an hour or so ago. Everything is fine, it turned out not to be anything nasty, just an icky river bacteria. However they did take my stitches out, so now I'm going to have an awesome scar because they want my cut to heal from the inside out to prevent further infection.
Member # 736
 - posted September 24, 2009 17:40
Oh ick, sorry to hear that Spaz.

It's going to take around two months for that thing to fully scar over but the result will be something to talk about when the people who notice are bold enough to ask.

ETA: I used to just count myself lucky that my elbow wound didn't get infected, but that you've told your story I'm wondering if it wasn't because it was never stitched.
Member # 4915
 - posted September 25, 2009 12:49
It's very possible that's why it didn't. The doctor said had my foot not been stitched that I would have noticed the infection long before I needed to be admitted to the hospital.

Oh, and thanks for the well wishes guys! They've helped a lot.
Member # 2340
 - posted September 28, 2009 07:10
Glad the infection got caught in time. Sorry about the big scar though.

I never maimed myself in a spectacular way in college. I did break my finger chasing my hat across a windy field at campus. When I told the doctor at the health center how I did it, he said it was a stupid way to break my finger and that I need a better cover story. He suggested telling everyone I was sailing on Lake Erie and the boom swung around. Made me wonder if he had broken his hand that way.

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