To answer the 'how bad is it?!' question. I suppose if you must slide your hand along a razor, it's better to use your left hand. And if you're planning on doing that, it's great if you 'just' slice the muscle pad at the base of your thumb. It really didn't even bleed much and it was a clean straight cut. Four stitches. Except for stretching my hand wide I have total mobility. Frankly, the tetanus shot in my right shoulder has caused me more discomfort. We went out to dinner Sunday night and I couldn't carry my leftovers cause on the left side it hurt my hand, and on the right, my shoulder. It still hurt last night.
I must say its nice to finally get a perk from being married to a doctor (cause the big house and big bucks haven't done it for me yet!) When the P.A. told me to come back in 5 days, I pointed to Jrex and said, 'He's a doctor, can he do it?' She laughed and said, 'Sure'! The nurse came in to give me the wound care speech and said, "And come back in 10 days--wink wink--to have these removed.'