Grrripper guy here too. Use it a lot. But when cutting a narrow strip, I don't want the strip trapped between blade and fence, so I use the Rockler Thin Strip jig for that purpose. I do this kind of cut fairly often, and the jig really is safer. If I need to push the piece toward the fence, I use a second stick and press from the side. I have a push stick like the home made one above which I use occasionally, but I prefer the Grrripper if there is enough of the workpiece for it to rest on. I have two for longer pieces, but rarely need the second.
Really glad you got off light with that accident. A few stitches is a small price to pay for such a good lesson. Thanks for sharing the danger, I'm tossing those plastic push sticks out today.
The more I do, the less I accomplish.