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Jan. 29th, 2013

11:57 pm - RTC - bike vs lorry

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From:johnckirk
Date:January 30th, 2013 01:23 pm (UTC)
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Thanks - I'd forgotten about your injury. From what the guy said yesterday, he seemed to be more concerned about the steri-strips than the glue inside the wound, so he gave me some spares in case the current strips do get wet and fall off.

I did ponder head-up breaststroke (particularly since I'm currently missing goggles) but I might still get splashed. Still, maybe worth a shot.
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From:shuripentu
Date:January 30th, 2013 08:23 pm (UTC)
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Steri-strips are excellent when freshly applied to a dry wound. Given some time and/or a bit of moisture, however, they fall off. (They are borderline useless on still weeping wounds, and in a fight with a properly bleeding wound, the wound will merely glance disdainfully at the steri-strip and the steri-strip will run home crying.) So that'll probably be the main reason you've been told to keep the wound dry, and you've been given more because I will be quite surprised if they manage to stay on your head for much longer than a couple days, even with extremely careful avoidance of water.

Depending on how deep the cut was, how quickly you heal, and how much you care about scarring, you can probably become a lot more relaxed about looking after it in a few days when the flesh has had a chance to start knitting together. If you run out of steri-strips, thin strips of micropore tape make an excellent substitute (the main thing about steri-strips is that they're much harder to stretch or tear than micropore tape, but that's not as important later in the healing process). Alternatively, I can see if I can figure out where I've packed my stash. I have so many steri-strips I could run a shop.
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From:sammoore
Date:January 30th, 2013 08:58 pm (UTC)
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Steristrips are also a couple of quid from any chemist/Boots
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