"Avocado Hand" Can Require Surgery To Fix
Great, so now drinking is ruined too. You might as well start eating healthy like some kind of asshole, because at this point your skin's going to need all the help it can get. So for dinner you decide to chop up some avocados, because you've heard they're good for you, and put them in whatever avocados go in, other than guac for your 17-cheese-and-12-meat nachos. You grab an avocado and a knife, and oh my god it's right back to the hospital with you.
"Avocado hand" sounds like something baby boomers made up to decry millennials, but it's a real term -- albeit a casual medical euphemism for "slicing your fucking hand wide open." Out of unfamiliarity with the fruit and its innards, people are chopping avocados and either hitting the hard pit inside or successfully rendering the fruit atwain, only to tempt fate by hacking at the pit with a knife to remove it. Either way, the knife will bounce off the pit, or the pit will rotate and slide, and the knife will suddenly be lodged in your palm.
The cuts can often be so nasty that intricate surgery is needed to repair nerve and tendon damage. In extreme cases, the injured hand never fully recovers its functionality. Oh, and the wounds come with both a nasty risk of infection and a nasty risk of having to put up with endless jokes from your friends and family.
Natashaphoto/Adobe StockA sharp knife, a soft palm, and a fruit whose hardness runs from "unset gelatin" to 'collapsed star" ... what could possibly happen?