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The people here love their “strong” food – and one of these strong foods is a sweet potato called tokote. Cutting through this potato might be likened to cutting pumpkins in America – it is hard! For the last 7 weeks I have been cutting many tokote as I prepare food (lunch and dinner each day) for the men putting up the outside bamboo walls on our house.

Well, Monday I came down (with a lot of force) on my own finger instead of the tokote… and ushered in our first minor medical emergency.

We immediately called Jacob and Kiki Hantla for help. (For those of you who don’t know them, they are close friends, leaders in our church, and medical professionals.) They solicited help from another doctor friend, Mike Fucci, and together they walked Zach, Cameron, and I through cleaning, gluing, and bandaging my finger.

I am SO thankful we didn’t have to do stitches! AND that I didn’t cut the finger OFF.

Now, for some pictures. (Caution: one picture is pretty gruesome – a picture of the actual open wound – so proceed with caution if you don’t like to see gaping wounds! I put it at the end.)

I title these pictures, “How to fix your finger, by Jacob Hantla”

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First you cut your finger… check.

Then your friend Cameron forcefully shoots sterile saline into the cut. (Read: Cameron puts salt in your wounds.)

Then your friend Cameron forcefully shoots sterile saline into the cut. (Read: Cameron puts salt in your wounds.)

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Then you wait for it to stop bleeding.

Then you super glue your finger back together.

Then you super glue your finger back together.

Then you send this pic back to Jacob to ask if its okay that blood is bubbling out through the glue.

Then you send this pic back to Jacob to ask if its okay that blood is bubbling out through the glue.

Then you apply steri strips.

Then you apply on steri strips.

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This is the “after” picture. Scroll down for the before picture… if you want.

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What happens when you cut tokote and get your finger in the way.

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