Warning: Parts of this are kind of gross.
So I had an unfortunate altercation with my table saw yesterday. Was making a cut on a fairly small piece of wood, so had the shield off, sneezed, and sliced the tip of my middle finger partially in half. It will apparently heal pretty much normally (big scar, some loss of sensation in the tip, but not weirdly shaped or anything). I tried to ask them everything I could think of regarding care but I was on morphine and my thought process was somewhat unclear. I don't have a regular doctor in the area yet and don't want to go back to the ER just to ask some followup questions, so I figured I'd Ask The Internet.
1) They gave me percocet for the pain (which is fairly severe when it wears off, so far, but I think is decreasing since yesterday), but it makes me feel really weird in various ways. Super hungry, nauseated, paranoid, light-headed, depressed, this weird throat-tightening sensation like I'm about to cry but without crying or any actual sadness... The effects vary and sort of come in waves. It does kill the pain, mostly, but I don't like it. Is there a different drug that might have fewer side effects? And could I possibly just call the hospital to get them to switch my prescription, or would that be a waste of time?
2) They told me to change my dressing a 'maybe a couple of times a day'. I changed it twice last night because it bled through and I assumed the usual first aid method for bleed throughs (apply more gauze on top) was a bad idea since I need it to not dry to my stitches or fuse to the wound. It hasn't bled through yet since last night, but I'm not sure if 'a couple of times' is one to two, two to three, or what. It's a pain in the ass to change and I don't want to mess with it too much while it's an open wound, so..
3) When I was changing the dressing last night the swelling had gone down a good bit and it was a bit less bloody, so I could see that there's like a sliver of fingernail still attached to my skin but separate from the rest of the remaining nail, like right up between two of the stitches holding the end of the finger together. Is that an issue I should go see a doctor about? Like will it impede healing if I don't go get it taken off?
I know the short answer is "go see a doctor and ask" but it's Memorial day weekend and I don't have a personal doctor, so probably I can't do that until tuesday. If you fine folks think any of these questions are seriously "go see a doctor ASAP" material then I will do so, but I suspect none of them are really a big deal. Sorry for any lapses in grammar or spelling, the percocet is making me light-headed right now.
Edit: before you berate me for table saw safety, I know. I'm usually super-careful and I didn't feel the sneeze coming. I wasn't aware that push-sticks for table saws were a thing before yesterday but I now have a set coming to me from amazon.