Diamonds Aren't Forever.

  1. This is a stupid question, but I'd rather ask here than ask someone in person so they can look at me like I'm a weirdo I'm just a super-private person!

    I have a ring on my finger and can't get it off...I left it on too long into my pregnancy a couple years back and when I couldn't get it off I thought "oh well, I don't plan on taking it off". Well it has to come off. Question is, do I walk into a jewelry store and ask them to cut it off? (don't worry I promise not to go to the ER and claim it's an emergency :chuckle) It's just on there TIGHT & I'm scared they'll gouge into my finger I'm kind of a baby.

    Told you it was stupid. But I'm glad I asked...

    Also any idea of how much getting the band resized might be...I still am rather fond of it since it's my only "real" jewelry!?! Or maybe reset into something pretty ...

    I just don't want to see the empty "groove" on my finger...but that is a whole 'nother thread.
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  2. 18 Comments

  3. by   Mattigan
    Have you triedmaking your hand real cold and putting butter or something like that on your finger and all those things?
  4. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by Mattigan
    Have you triedmaking your hand real cold and putting butter or something like that on your finger and all those things?
    I agree with Mattigan, have you tried this? Right now it's so arm, and I don't know about you, but I sure am a little puffy! Get your hand cold and lube that baby up! Even alot of lotion might do the trick. I mean, if it's not impeding the blood flow, and your finger isn't necrotic, I don't see why you can't slide it off with a little muscle power behind it.

    Heather
  5. by   NurseDennie
    Don't worry about it. If you go to a working jewelry store, they'll have a saw that's made for cutting rings off of fingers. They slide a metal thingie between your finger and the ring and saw away.

    Getting it resized - depends on where you go and how much you have to have it sized. If all they have to do is repair where they cut it off of you and kind of "stretch" it out a half size, then it wouldn't be all that expensive. But if it's so tight that you can't get it off with cold water and soap, then they might have to add quite a bit of gold.

    Whew - that can't be comfortable! But it shouldn't hurt to have it removed.

    Love

    Dennie
  6. by   Lausana
    I haven't tried getting my hand cold first...don't know if anything will help, it looks like it's literally a part of my finger :chuckle

    thanks guys :kiss
  7. by   CATHYW
    Ring cutters are no biggie-I've cut rings off of several people, and never hurt a one. There is a little metal lip that slips under the ring that the cutting wheel rubs against-it never touches your skin, just the metal lip.

    Get one of your pretty rings out of the jewelery box, and clean it with a little toothpaste, and slip it on. You'll never notice the indentation, then!
  8. by   bandaidexpert
    dish soap. This stuff will take the chrome off a bumper! I had the same problem once and dish soap took it right off. Good luck.
  9. by   fedupnurse
    Unless your knuckle has swelled and won't decrease in size, I have gotten a ton of rings off swollen fingers by doing the following: Get a little pipe cleaner doohickey or a twist tie. Slip it under the ring and twist it closed. Gob and I mean gob up your finger with Surgi Lube, KY jelly whatever water based lubricant you can find. Now while you are holding the twist tie start to rotate the ring around your finger and pull at the same time. You may want to have someone else help you. I have found that the faster you turn the better. If it won't come off then, and it still might be a tight squeeze, then you have no choice but to cut it off. GOOD LUCK!!!!
  10. by   live4today
    Wash your hands in warm water, then lube up your ringfinger with a lot of vegetable or olive oil and work the ring off that way. If that trick fails, go to the jewelry store and let them work their magic.
  11. by   2ndCareerRN
    The string method (or dental floss), with illustrations.

    http://my.webmd.com/encyclopedia/article/4115.14203

    bob
  12. by   night owl
    Yesssssssss Bob that's it!!! I broke my elbow a few years back and my whole arm and hand was edemetous. Forgot to remove my wedding ring and by the time I thought about it, it was too late. The male nurse in the ER used this method and it really works! Thanks Bob!
  13. by   Ex130Load
    I'm assuming ya'll are talking about pulling thread underneath the ring proximally and then wrapping the distal end around the finger down to and over the concerned joint/s. Simply pull and unwrap on the proximal end. The ring should advance as the thread is unwound. Works for me... First heard about it years ago in a Dear Abby article from a reader who worked in a mortuary.
  14. by   aus nurse
    Filing all this information away if ever the need arises

    You know it really amazes me how much we as nurses know about all different sorts of things...we really are such a mutiskilled group of people

    Good luck Lausana, let us know what worked

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