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04 January 2005 @ 08:25 pm
Today, on Things That Are of Some Concern To Nifra:  
I put on a ring this morning. I very rarely wear rings. I'm more about earings/bracelets, as a general rule. Anyway. So I put on this ring. It was a tiny bit snug, but really, not a deal in any way shape of form.

About an hour ago, I realized I couldn't get it off my finger, and since then, the trying has somehow made my finger bloat up so that the ring looks like the belt of a fat sherriff and my skin/finger are the beer-belly.

It hurts a little, but not that much. But the concern is that it's stuck on my finger and will not come off. I've tried ice, and soap, and just pulling, but it all hurt too much to continue. I've been assured by my parents that if I hold it over my head for a while the swelling will go down by tomorrow morning and then I can take it off and throw it far, far away from me.

Or, I can go somewhere to get it cut off my finger.

The situation with that, though, is that 1) it implies a level of over-weightness that I don't feel to great about, and I don't think is true at all, dammit! 2) i do like this ring, and would love to get it re-sized so I can wear it in future 3) how the hell is it at all possible to remove a ring without cutting skin? I have images of my finger being split open and it really freaks me out.

I have a problem with experiencing pain; namely that I don't like to do it.
 
 
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Lady Dayladydey on January 5th, 2005 01:30 am (UTC)
How about trying butter or some form of oil - body, cooking, . . . Oily substances tend to help get rings off.
miella: lexmiella on January 5th, 2005 01:31 am (UTC)
Try Windex. I've seen it get off rings I swore were going to have to be cut off.
Hammyangryhamster on January 5th, 2005 01:32 am (UTC)
you do realize you're going to get like fifty thousand home recipies for removing tight rings (snerk) from this post, right? and mine is:

soak your hand in hot-as-isn't-painful water for a while, then spread some butter on the whole area. the hot water makes the skin prune and the metal expand, the the butter should help it slide off.

i hate getting jewellery stuck on me, it really gives me the wiggins, so i know how you feel.

hugs and good luck!
for you I'd bleed myself dryboniblithe on January 5th, 2005 02:32 am (UTC)
Actually, heat will cause your hand to swell too. Ever go outside in the cold weather and have a ring that was comfortable that morning, fly off your hand because of the cold making your fingers shrink? :) And, whether the ring expands or not (and how much) depends on what type of metal it is. If it's gold, that won't work.

When you're struggling to get the ring off, take the skin of your finger and pull it back toward your hand tight, then slide the ring forward. But actually you should leave your hand alone for a while because all of that messing with it is making it swell.

If you just got it on, you can surely get it off. Usually when people need to get rings cut off it's because they've never taken them off for long periods of time and then suddenly they can't. You lose fluid when you sleep through respiration and such, so, put your hand in the refrigerator for a while (LOL) and if that doesn't work, when you wake up in the morning, you should be able to slide it off again.
Hammy: herm-been-thinkingangryhamster on January 5th, 2005 02:49 am (UTC)
heat does make your fingers swell, but if you leave your hand in the water for long enoughm your skin will prune because of the osmosisesque effect of soaking in water for a long time.

good point about the metal, though.
"She Who Procrastinates"logovo on January 5th, 2005 01:37 am (UTC)
Good advice from others so far. I'll only add that we tend to swell up more towards the end of the day (that's why you should shop for shoes in the evening), so your finger was slimmer in the morning.
junojuno on January 5th, 2005 01:38 am (UTC)
Do the home remedies.

You can also drink regular tea (a diaretic) and try again tomorrow morning. Midol used to have a antibloat ingredient - not sure if it still does.

You know how your feet swell in the afternoon and how you could get that ring on this morning? - well it will probably come off just fine in the morning when everything is not fluffy.
Sage: awesomesageness on January 5th, 2005 04:31 am (UTC)
My mom had her wedding ring cut off after twenty-five years. She couldn't get it off her finger, and Dad wanted to get her a new band for the anniversary...but she tried everything and her knuckle had simply become too large over the years. There was a little bit of give between the ring and the fleshy part of her finger below the knuckle, so Mom and Dad went out to the garage to his workbench and he got out the wire cutters. I don't mean the wire-cutter slot on a pair of needle-nose pliers. These things are a lot more like tin snips (which also bear a scary resemblance to surgical bone shears). Anyway, she slid the tip of the blade under the ring, Dad went *snip*, and the metal cut clean through. They bent the cut band back a little and it came right off. No damage to her finger at all. :D

You're not even going to have to do that, though. It'll come off in the shower as you wash your hair if it hasn't already. *g*
suzycatsuzycat on January 5th, 2005 09:57 am (UTC)
All of these tips sound pretty good to me so I won't add any. I'm just concerned that perhaps it is the One Ring and now you're going to take over the world...
pure FORESHADOWING: rock star ioannifra_idril on January 5th, 2005 05:33 pm (UTC)
I can't even think of any possible complaints you might have in a world run by me! There would be no working, only hanging out! And all movies would be required to include a slashable story line! And and and --

*thinks* And other cool things!

Though I feel like if this was the One Ring, I wouldn't mind having it stuck to my body so much.