[FYI, the “I” in this story is not me. The author wanted to share this info without being identified. Can you blame him? 🙂 ]
I looked online and it’s hard to find direct, simple instructions, they tend to get academic or theoretical about it. It’s very simple: APPLY HARD PRESSURE!
Once, I cut myself on the job trying to free a piece of metal, and got smacked in the forehead with the metal piece, and it was flowing pretty steadily. I got a paper towel and applied hard pressure for about 15 minutes and it stopped bleeding.
Another time, I dropped a ceramic bowl, it broke, bounced in the air, and the edge landed on top of my foot, right on a vein. It was practically a gusher and I had visions of bleeding to death like Stephen Foster. I did the same procedure and after about an hour, it stopped so I could steri-strip and bandage it. No stitches needed, although a doctor would have probably insisted.
A few weeks ago I developed a large skin tag on the side of my nose, real sightly! It was gradually drying out and it seemed safe to snip it off with a scissors. But it was not as dried as I thought and it started flowing pretty steadily from a small hole, not like a scrape or tear where 2 sides of the skin could fuse together. But I applied hard pressure for about an hour and it stopped.
So this is good advice for anyone who has kids or lives alone.
There’s something on the kitchen counter. I’m thinking it’s a shriveled, rotting potato. Not that we usually have that sort of thing on the counter, but that’s what I’m thinking. I point at it and ask my wife, “What is that?”
“Elizabeth’s rock,” wife deadpans. “She’s convinced it’s a fossilized dinosaur tooth.”
I just laughed out loud. Of course! Why didn’t I see that?!