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#16 LilysDad ONLINE  

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Posted May 29, 2013 - 07:09 PM

I think the majority of us have bee there Roger.

Did I ever tell you about the time my finger got snagged by a belt and went through the pulley on an alternator??? It ended up about like yours. We all do this stuff.


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Posted May 29, 2013 - 07:10 PM

And just how did you get messed up with your finger in the thing so somebody else (like ME) will learn to avoid this injury in the future???  

 

Speaking of fingers-  I was almost down to 6 of them back in the 70's as I was a young ~15 YO kid and wanted to ride in the bucket of our tractor as we were coming back from picking up (more) rocks out of the fields as it was time for supper..   I jumped into the 8' bucket and spread my arms out on the top of it..  As soon as we started off my dad did what just about every one of us does who has a tractor with a bucket...  He tipped the bucket back against the arms/stops..   It happened quick and it just so happened my right hand was in-between the bucket and stop plate..  If I wasn't quick I could have lost all my fingers..  I yanked my hand out which saved my bones but the skin & tendons were caught and crushed on my ring and pinky fingers.  I was off like a flash running toward the house and after dad shut the tractor down and caught me when I was almost there..  I was bleeding pretty good and he wrapped it up with his shirt and we cleaned things a bit then our supper was in the hospital that night..  I ended up with like 41 stitches after they put things back together.   I now have full use of them but they were in a cast for quite a while as things healed..  It made me think carefully about where my fingers are at all times as I was definitely lucky that time!


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Posted May 29, 2013 - 08:34 PM

wny, I got it in the way of a 4 1/2' knotted wire wheel while i was doing a deck redo on my homelite. dumb moment. roger the whole story is in the implement forum undre 48' deck redo.


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Posted May 29, 2013 - 08:43 PM

He may have been asking me. It was a portable arrowboard with a Kohler engine driving an alternator with an unguarded belt. I reached through the belt to adjust the carb. All I did was just brush the belt with my finger and....  I was left to stare at my hand.


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Posted June 03, 2013 - 06:49 PM

My family Dr. sent me to a wound specialist for the finger along with a physical therapist. More to the story that I just can't tell right now. Just wanted to let everyone know that it is getting better and it will hopefully take maybee 6 weeks or less to get back on the right track. Thanks. Roger.


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Posted June 10, 2013 - 08:01 PM

Sorry you got caught up, its always nasty when it happens.

Glad its healing for you.

 

Angle grinders, especially grinders with a locking button (instead of the trigger) are dangerous tools when mishandled.. A moments distraction can be deadly.

 

I have scars on my thigh from a zip disc jumping and grabbing the inside of my jeans. An inch over and It could have cut a major artery

 

I have a scar on my belly from a 60 grit blending wheel grabbing my shirt. also have a hoody that's all torn up from the wire wheel grabbing the hoodie and wrapping it self up to my face, it.only stopped when the cord pulled out.


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Posted June 10, 2013 - 08:09 PM

I got my trigger finger caught in a grinder as a teen.  Boy did that make me think where is my hand and where are my fingers, for about a week.  I still do dumb things like we all do.  But for grace I still have all of them.


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Posted June 14, 2013 - 08:49 PM

An update to the finger story. It is rebuilding skin as it should. they are trying something new for the weekend. it is a honey based product that promotes healing. Not sure if it is working but I know that there is pain receptors in it that are working. I haven't had to take pain pills but a couple of times for the last few days but tonnight it is hurting and burning. Summenr still apperas to be somewht shot for me. Have a good weekend. Roger.


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Posted June 14, 2013 - 08:54 PM

Glad to hear it is starting to heal. Sorry to hear that it still hurts though. :(

 

On a lighter note, try and stay away from the Bears with that honey stuff on there. :D


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Posted June 15, 2013 - 06:44 AM

An update to the finger story. It is rebuilding skin as it should.....

There was a time when the treatment for that would be something like a poltice of hot ground onions in a dirty dish towel. Medicine has gotten better over time.


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Posted June 17, 2013 - 04:30 PM

I think the majority of us have bee there Roger. Thanks for sharing this! As we all need constant reminding about the safety aspect of things while we work on our old iron ( or anything). I'm sorry you had to get hurt though! :(

 

I do hope it heals quick for you, and I hope the  pain eases up a bit!

I did it with a belt sander and it took awhile but its back to normal (as good as its gonna get). The finger got a lot more sensitive as it was healing, like your feeling now, but it gets better.

Good luck in your recovery  :thumbs:


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Posted June 18, 2013 - 08:50 PM

Today they debried it some more. New skin is growing and it looks a lot better. Still can't bent the first or second joint very much. PT says that once the skin has stabilized enough to be able to be touched a bit full range should be within a week or so.  I hope so. Every time the debri it it burns and hurts for 6 hours. The injury to the side of the finger is almost healed. The nail is growing back slowly but it is. The rest of the problem from the bandage is what is painful and hurting. Got to wash the whole hand for the first time since the 25th of May. Still progressing good though. Thanks. Roger.


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Posted June 19, 2013 - 05:57 AM

Thanks for all the updates , it sends shivers down my spine everytime I read  your posts ,  thinking of all what your going through,  Al


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Posted June 19, 2013 - 06:38 AM

Hope the pain quits soon for you.
Well wishes for a speedy and complete recovery for you
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Posted June 19, 2013 - 10:39 AM

It is hard to keep safety in the forefront of your mind.  I know I catch my self now and then going to do something with out the proper protection on.  Thanks for the updates, they let us know how you are doing, but also keeps safety on the front burner.  I hope the pain subsides soon and all this is but a memory soon.


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