Can you take stitches out yourself?

I had a tooth exposed over a week ago, I have 2 stitches. I was supposed to get them out a few days ago but the doctor is an hour away, and I no longer have a car. I have no family near here and can't take a bus. I was wondering if I can take them out myself? I've read that you can if you are careful. I'm scared of them becoming embedded into my gum