I awoke in a panic, almost having a full on anxiety attack. My finger had swollen even more. About 2 hours earlier, I asked my husband to try this technique I had seen on YouTube to get rings off of swollen fingers. You see my ring finger had begun swelling a few days before and I just thought it would go down on its own. By Monday my finger was swollen enough to really bother me and cause me to begin worrying about it a little... well PANICKING!! Anyone else ever feel that way when they can't get a ring off? Yeah, that was me, full on CLAUSTROPHOBIA.
So back to Monday night, we are getting ready for bed, and I begin to feel that little feeling of panic. I asked Darren to try this technique of using a string to get my rings off. We didn't have any string, so he tried using the only thing he could find, some medical tape we had. SUCCESS! Well almost.... the tape broke half way through the process, BUT my diamond was on my knuckle... progress. He was able to pull (or YANK) the ring off my finger. All of this action caused my finger to swell EVEN MORE, all while my wedding band was still on my finger. YIKES! So we iced it, I laid down with it elevated and eventually fall asleep. Only to wake up an hour later... you guessed it.... having an anxiety attack. I woke Darren up and told him that I thought we needed to go to the ER and get my ring cut off. *tear* Not what I wanted but definitely what needed to happen.
Pull the girl out of bed, in her PJs, and off to the ER we go at MIDNIGHT. Getting up for work the next day was for sure going to suck.
We arrive at our local ER, which wasn't too busy, thankfully. The triage nurse tells me that it looks like my band is beginning to cut off my circulation. We get placed in a room and the nurse attempts the "String Method" that I had found on YouTube to no avail. We wait a little while longer, the Dr comes in, takes a look, and tells me she thinks they will have to cut my ring. We wait a little longer... three people come back into the room, and they attempt the "String Method" with dental floss TO NO AVAIL. Holy wow, did it hurt. My finger is pretty much raw at this point. The male nurse tells me he is going to ice my finger for a bit and then try with the dental floss again. I got sick to my stomach thinking about him doing that on my finger again. It hurt so bad the first time, I didn't think I could go through that again.
After freezing my hand off in an ice bucket for about 45 minutes, the swelling went down some, but not significantly. The sweet man comes confidently back in to try to remove it one more time with the dental floss. You see "that is why he carries dental floss to work" because he has been successful in his previous attempts to remove rings while using the dental floss. "Look, I really appreciate your efforts in trying to save my ring.", I said, "But I really don't think I can handle another round of that pain, can you please just cut it off?" He kindly obliged and took off to get the ring cutter.
He came back with TWO ring cutters, an electric and a manual ring cutter. He kindly starts off with the electric ring cutter and begins sawing at my ring..... "BAAAAAAAAHH, it is burning me!", I yell. Looking up at me, he said, "Really, that quickly?" and quickly applies cold water to my finger and begins again. "OK, seriously it is burning my finger.", I say. "Wow, I can't believe it is getting so hot, so quickly.", he exclaims and moves on to the manual ring cutter. He placed it on my ring, and four clicks later the ring snapped in half AND sweet relief.
We don't know what caused the swelling in the end, but thankfully my finger is on the mend, almost all of the swelling is gone and the tenderness is fading. One of my rings was saved and we will have to see about getting my band fixed. Until then I think I'll just go ring free for a while. :)