Sunday, August 3, 2008

Oops, I Did It Again





A while back I did a post about super-gluing a Mickey Mouse figurine to my middle finger. This time I have somehow gotten a ring stuck on the same finger. And I can't get it off. I put the ring on yesterday afternoon. I knew I was going to have trouble as soon as I shoved it past my knuckle. My finger is starting to get a little sore from all the tugging and possibly a little swollen, which is obviously not helping matters.

Doesn't the Universe realize I can't possibly drive to work in Boston without complete and total use of this finger? It is as necessary for the commute as is a tank of gas. How will I convey my true feelings to the "left hand turn from the right lane" folks I encounter every day? I cannot be mute for my commute!

Anyway, if anyone has any suggestions on how to remove the ring 1) without removing my finger and 2) while keeping the ring intact I would greatly appreciate it.

23 comments:

Velvet Ginger said...

Sorry hon! None of those little home remedies ever worked for me.The last time that happened to me I had to go to our local hospital emergency roon and had it cut off!
You can still use that middle finger, it looks pretty swollen and it will stand out better!!!!

CJ said...

Oh no Rubye Jean, you were the one I was counting on for a solution to this problem. I got this ring in Hawaii - it can not be cut off!

Shrinky said...

Alright, gird yourself hon.. this is gonna' hurt. Apply as much washing up liquid/industial grease/any other slippery fluid that makes you think of happier times, and pop a couple of dozen strong painkillers..

Wrench that fucker with the grip of the incredible Hulk off your finger (tears notwithstanding), regardless of the inch of skin it takes with it.

You want the ring, right? What's a finger? Shrug.

Ms. Creek said...

lol shrinky, most awesome advice! i was going to suggest something like that...good luck!

Old Crone said...

Oh CJ...owie...big owie...

The only thing I've heard is dishwashing soap...I think you would be better off with the oil though. Have you gotten it off yet?

Maybe something really greasy, lard, ky jelly, I just don't know, maybe you are in for a trip to the ER today...

CHEWY said...

I Googled "ring stuck on finger", first ice and elevate the finger to get the swelling down.

Then...
take some thread and start wrapping it around your finger starting closest to the ring. Keep the thread on you finger close together so that no skin shows through... NOT too tight, but tight enough so the skin stays under the thread...this will make your finger skinnier, temporarily...slide ring off.and take off thread!

To clarify the above...
Wrap the thread or dental floss fairly tightly above the ring, tuck the end of the thread between the ring and your finger and pull the thread while sliding the ring off. It really works.

CHEWY said...

http://ask.metafilter.com/22649/Ring-removal

A jeweler most likely can cut it off with little damage and repair it too!

CJ said...

Shrinky I am LMAO at your comment. I love your advice but I think I am going to try Chewy's suggestion first. Your will be my back up plan. OMG, I am still laughing.

Thank you Ms. Creek. I think I am going to need all the luck I can get here. Sitting outside today is not helping.

Hey OC - I've tried the dishwashing soap but it didn't help. It is still on as of 2:20 PM. I have some friends who are quite handy with tools. Maybe they could just buzz it right off? But then of course I would lose the ring and that would bum me out.

I am going to try your advice Chewy. Thank you so much for the link and the detailed instructions. I will give you an update as to my progess on this. Sounds like it should work.

lynt said...

please update... that last suggestion sounded potentially painful. i would have sworn the ice water would work.

Rita said...

LOL

You are right! You definitely need total use of that finger to drive in Boston! YIKES!

No special advice from me so I have to support Chewy's comment about the string. Sounds very feasible.

Blondie said...

I have also heard that instead of string use tape to slim down your finger above the ring and then slide the ring off.

But I have to say that I have seen your finger and the ring up close and I really don't think that the ring will be coming off any time soon. Sorry!

Shrinky said...

Darn, trust that Chewy to spoil all my fun (Ms. Google Queen of the Universe, where was she a few years back when I had to amputate a finger??).. ah well, hope it works (grin).jlmeu

CHEWY said...

ha ha ha ha ha
um... I'm laughing at Shrinky, not your freakin' finger fiasco.

No friends using power tools!

IndigoSunMoon said...

I worked ER for a long time, and the first thing we would do was to wrap the finger as tightly as we could with skinny tape and then put soap on top of that and the ring would come off...sometimes. If that didn't work we used the ring cutter. If you have a pair of wire cutters and can get the tip under the ring you can cut it off yourself without a trip to the ER. If not, it's off to the ER for you dearie! Good luck!
Connie

Velvet Ginger said...

ellie told me to come look at Shrinky's answer lol@ the fucker...laughing hard here..
I would ALSO try chewy's advise..please let us know....
I would go to ER vs jeweler too as I said before and as indigo said...they know what they are doing...waiting and waiting to find out what happens!

CJ said...

My effing finger is so fat right now that the dental floss just moved the swelling up the knuckle. I am going to wait until tomorrow to try again.

Thank you for the suggestions Indigo. I think I need to drink more water or something to flush out my system. I don't think having Cheetos today helped matters. And the nachos last night were a bad idea too.

Lynt and Rita - I think you both have been to Boston so you would understand about the finger thing.

How about a little encourgement here Blondie?

SassyFemme said...

All I can think of is that scene about Windex from the movie, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding." Not that I recommend that, I'm just saying it made me think of that.

If it went on, it's got to come off. Uh, WD40? Lube? {snicker}

Seriously, good luck with it.

Cristina said...

My advice would be the same as shrinky's. What were you thinking???

Word verification - Waxcn

Lilli said...

Relly good lotion works for me

dykewife said...

did you get the ring off?

i used a pile of liquid hand soap to get a ring off my finger when i had to have hand surgery. it worked well and then the finger swelled up with the rest of the hand after the surgery and i haven't gotten the ring back on since then.

Martha Marshall said...

If they cut the ring off it can be repaired by a good jeweler. Hope you get it off soon! That must hurt.

lynt said...

hello? ring still on? string/tape/lubricant work its magin? ring (and finger) still in one piece???

CJ said...

Hey Thanks Sassy - Tried the Windex. It didn't work for me but now my finger is nice and shiney.

Cristina - I am a big dummy.

Hi Lilli- Thanks for the visit! Hand lotion has been the thing that worked the best. Even better than the oil.

Thank you Martha. It was starting to get a little sore there.