Thing were going fairly well today until........it didn't ! Picked up a new knoted wire wheel and was cleaning up the bottom of the deck when I moved my left hand to the bottom of the angle grinder and it grabbed and sucked my left index finger into between the guard and wire wheel.....!!!!!!!!! (*&&^%&*((^&##@##$$%^^****^^% ! yup you know it. I have a gouge on the left side of the finger and then I saw that I lost the nail, or most of it anyway. Turned the grinder off and took hold of the finger and took a breath. Looked again and saw that there was no dangling parts or large chunks missing. held pressure on it got the wife rinsed it and covered it and we left for the 30 mile trip to the hospital. Once there at the ER the nurse said I was the second one today with nearly the same injury. His was on the right hand. after washing it in a antibacterial soap they looked at it determined that it was not going to require stitches but was going to need wrapping and elevated. They decided not to remove the rest of the nail. SInce I have not had a tetnus shot in 10 yrs I received one and was sent on my way. I can usually take pian fairly well. Have smashed my toes and broken an ankle smashed my fingers and thumbs. They hurt but not like this. I have some motrin to help with the pain so I should be good.
My own stupidity caused it and now I am suffering. I post this to remind everyone that safety and caution is key when you are working with power tools.
Needless to say we just finished dinner and didn't get to have the campfire and friends overtonight. I am thankful that the finger is still attached and I will be able to keep learning to play the banjo. My son is taking care of a few of my chores tonight and I thank him for that.
Have agreat rest of the weekend guys. I'll try to be back at it tomorrow but it will be at a slower and more careful pace.
No pictures guys. Sorry.... and yes it did happen...... even without the pictures. I have to thank my Lovely wife for her calm and ever so funny way of keeping me calmer that I thought I could be. Roger.