It's been 4 weeks since my accident (not for the squeamish)

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Blog entry by oldskoolmodder posted 09-29-2008 11:20 PM 5625 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since I’ve been getting a little antsy, I decided to take advantage of nice weather in our area last week and over the weekend, so I broke out the table saw and other tools again. As my signature says… “Respect your tools, and they will respect you”, was the pep talk I gave myself, before I scrubbed the saw up, and got back to work.

I’d first like to say that I should have known the day was gonna be bad, when I stopped by and picked up breakfast at, well, a place that has a mascot with a big round head and pointy yellow hat, and looked at the O.J. carton… Look closely at the best by date… hehehe


Less than an hour later, I was on the way to the hospital to wait and wait and wait, before the Doctor at the hospital had me transported to another hospital, because he didn’t feel confident stitching my thumb back together. By the end of the night, roughly 12 hours after I sliced the thumb on the table saw, my hand was wrapped up and had a partial cast that looked like this…

bad hand

Now, 4 weeks to the day since the accident, I’m glad to say that my thumb is healing nicely and I have (thankfully) mostly full use of my right hand, which is good since that’s my writing hand. It still tingles and occasionally itches like crazy, and isn’t the prettiest site in the world (no not gonna show pics at this point), but the Doc I saw a few weeks ago, said I should be as good as before my accident, within about 6 months. At the rate I’m going, I don’t think it’ll take so long, but you never know.

It only takes a momentary lapse of reason as they say, not paying as much attention as you think you are, to find yourself in a position like mine, if not FAR worse. Be safe, work safe and pay attention.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#1 posted 09-29-2008 11:31 PM

the carton was not from CHINA was it anything goes there. Sorry about your pinky digit er thumb hope it will heal soon Alistair.

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#2 posted 09-29-2008 11:40 PM

hahaha, no, not as far as I know Alistair. I’m posting projects right now that I was able to work on this past week and weekend. So I’m doing as fine as I can.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#3 posted 09-30-2008 12:01 AM

I wish you nothing but the best. Your accident is a sobering reminder that this is one of the hazards that all of us who pursue this hobby/profession face. Hopefully your cautionary reminder will help someone else avoid this type of accident. I hope that you are “back in the saddle” soon.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 09-30-2008 12:29 AM

Hope you heal quickly and fully. follow the daoctors orders to a T!

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#5 posted 09-30-2008 12:39 AM

The tool was respecting you, it didn’t take your whole hand, and it was just giving you a nudge to remind you.

-- It’s not so much what we know that causes the trouble, it’s what we know that’s not so.

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#6 posted 09-30-2008 12:40 AM

Take care of the hand and it looks like you may have grounds for a law suit with the O.J.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#7 posted 09-30-2008 12:42 AM

Thanks Guys…

Nah, no lawsuit, because it’s a Coca-Cola Product, If it was a Pepsi product, well, then… I just get a lot of humor thinking about that day, when I see that Pic. Thought it would bring a laugh that the date was SO wrong.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#8 posted 09-30-2008 12:43 AM

yah, you should have just gone back to bed at the site of that date, Rip Van Winkle.

sorry about the accident and I hope recovery is fast and effective.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#9 posted 09-30-2008 02:35 AM

hope you make a quick and full recovery so you can get back to making some sawdust ….. carefully :)

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#10 posted 09-30-2008 06:42 AM

Welcome to the CutFinger Club! I’m a charter member. Hope your thumb doesn’t tingle every time it’s hit for the rest of your life like mine :)

-- Bob Schilke

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#11 posted 09-30-2008 10:12 PM

Thanks folks, the thumb is doing as well as it can after such a short time. It’s at the tingles a lot stage, and not so easy as you can imagine, to grasp like I’d like to. Being a righty, it’s hard to write sometimes, but then I find that other times, I write even better with my new found “grip”. I’ve got lots of projects in mind and a few that actually pay as well, coming up. Yeah, hitting the tip where a majority of the stitches are/were, still makes me mad at myself.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#12 posted 09-30-2008 11:02 PM

I am passing my sincere wishes for a complete recovery. The rest of us must learn from your misfortune, or we are doomed to suffer as you.

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