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…
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