Well today was a close call. Was in the shop working on a trellis for my wife. I was ripping a 2×4. Lost concentration for a SPLIT second. Wrapped my figers in a dirty shop towel and ran for my wife. Went to ER. Told them what happened and went to room 2. Doctor came and said let me see. Opened the towel and he said “Man that is bad.” We can’t do anything for you here, you’ll need a surgeon.
Let me explain. Our hospital here has only 20 beds, 3 floors, but dedicated people. They brought my uncle down the street from me, back twice from hearts attacks. So I new they were good. They shot me full of pain killers (3) and sent me to the surgeon. 4 hours later, lots of nylon and cat gut my tip of my finger is back together.
I lost about 1/4 inch in length and a small chip of the bone on my left index finger. I was really lucky. The first thing I’ll do went I get back to the shop, INSTALL guard back on saw. I was using a push stick, but it was the other piece that twisted and put my finger into the blade.
I hope everyone learns from me. Use them guards and concentrate.
Signed (My new nickname)
-- Gerald, Illinois