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Would Grok use a bandage for a cut on finger?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 28, 2013 at 11:58 PM

I've learned a valuable lesson during my 3 day long 102 degree fever & chest cold:

Don't attempt to cut up 7 pounds of raw beef with a super-sharp knife if you are not on your a-game.

After I cleaned up the blood (mine, which looked like something right out of a Dexter Season 1 crime-scene), and after washing it off with soap and water, and after the blood soaked through 4 sets up band-aids), the bleeding finally stopped.

I saw that I took a nice 1/4 inch chunk of skin of my finger (not too deep, fortunately). I initially used some neosporin, and a band-aid, and day 2: a very loosely applied band-aid to promote air flow. So I'm now on day 3. I left it uncovered which watching a netflix marathon of 'House-Of-Cards', but covered it which trying to straighten up the house because I didn't want to hit it and cause it to bleed.

I suppose I should have taken a picture of it if I really wanted a specific answer, so how 'bout just a general paleo guide-line:

Should the modern caveman use a bandage to cover a cut?

I suspect the answer will be yes: we are smarter than cavemen and one of our major advances had to do with infection reduction.

I suppose a covered cut is less susceptible to infection.

BTW, what do you think about applying neosporin to cuts and/or using antibiotic treated bandages?

Just curious,

Thx

Mike

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on April 29, 2013
at 02:32 PM

Glad you are feeling better.

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on April 29, 2013
at 02:30 PM

The last time I took Tylenol was 2004.

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on April 29, 2013
at 12:34 PM

Based on the good advice here, I decided to take the Tylenol at bedtime so the fever didn't spike un monitored while I slept. Twice now, it knocked it down from 102 to 98. Pretty amazing stuff when u think about it! I let my body be at its desired temp during the day. Thanks for asking :-)

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on April 29, 2013
at 08:10 AM

Thanks for the bump :) I have tried eating it - it is too chewy, really. Not worth the egg.

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on April 29, 2013
at 07:53 AM

+1, Colbert Bump...and because the plant made me want to throw on some bacon bits, a boiled egg and top it off with a homemade mayo Ranch dressing...delicious

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on April 29, 2013
at 12:34 AM

... but if you don't want to use neosporin, manuka honey is great too. :)

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on April 29, 2013
at 12:33 AM

That was awesome.

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on April 29, 2013
at 12:29 AM

Thanks. That makes a lot of sense.

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on April 29, 2013
at 12:19 AM

Your answer is so much better than mine.

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on April 29, 2013
at 12:18 AM

Of course people will respond that paleo is not reenactment, but I will go one step further.

Mother Nature absolutely does NOT know best.

That is not how evolution works. It is NOT survival of the fittest. It is NOT the propagation of the best solutions nature can find. It is survival of what happens to survive. And sometimes what happens to survive does so DESPITE itself, not because of it. I think we can all agree that it's pretty darned stupid that we have to shove food and water down the same pipe that we breathe with. This system has caused innumerable deaths over the course of mankind. And yet here we are, envying dolphins.

I think your scenario is one where we have to say, "No. It sucked being a caveman. They got cuts, got infections and died". Sometimes modernity brings us pollution, cane sugar and country music. Other times it brings us tourniquets, plenty of food and band-aids.

I don't think Grok would use a band-aid, but I think you should.

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on April 29, 2013
at 12:29 AM

Thanks. That makes a lot of sense.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on April 29, 2013
at 12:34 AM

... but if you don't want to use neosporin, manuka honey is great too. :)

Medium avatar

(1087)

on April 29, 2013
at 12:19 AM

Your answer is so much better than mine.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on April 29, 2013
at 12:33 AM

That was awesome.

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on April 29, 2013
at 02:34 AM

Yes, yes, paleo is not reenactment, but Grok did know a thing or two about wound care! Why do you think when we cut ourselves that we instinctively suck on the wound? Saliva is full of all sorts of good proteins that kill off bacteria to keep wounds clean.

And when gangrene sets in, just grab some maggots and stick them in the wound to keep it clean.

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on April 29, 2013
at 12:18 AM

I bandage things during the day and leave it open at night to promote oxygen/drying. Nothing worse than a soggy bandage soaked with blood and anti-biotic gel...

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F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on April 29, 2013
at 07:25 AM

I believe they used plantago leaves as bandages. It really helps, just wash it really well first with filtered/bottled water.

BTW, did you end up taking Tylenol or were you able to avoid it somehow?

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on April 29, 2013
at 07:53 AM

+1, Colbert Bump...and because the plant made me want to throw on some bacon bits, a boiled egg and top it off with a homemade mayo Ranch dressing...delicious

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on April 29, 2013
at 02:32 PM

Glad you are feeling better.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on April 29, 2013
at 02:30 PM

The last time I took Tylenol was 2004.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on April 29, 2013
at 08:10 AM

Thanks for the bump :) I have tried eating it - it is too chewy, really. Not worth the egg.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on April 29, 2013
at 12:34 PM

Based on the good advice here, I decided to take the Tylenol at bedtime so the fever didn't spike un monitored while I slept. Twice now, it knocked it down from 102 to 98. Pretty amazing stuff when u think about it! I let my body be at its desired temp during the day. Thanks for asking :-)

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