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Posted on days when you feel youre gonna get injured.

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#1 posted 01-12-2011 08:13 PM

I am always very “aware” when I use saws. However, last Wednesday, for whatever reason, I caught my left middle finger under my Castle machines pneumatic hold down. The obvious reaction was to yank my hand out from under the hundreds of pounds of force of the hold down. This immediately removed the entire finger nail. The first look at the finger tip – totally flattened, folded forward and split apart at the front – made me feel very queasy. The blood started flowing in a hurry as I went to my first aid kit and wrapped it up. I pushed it all back together and wrapped it. The next day, I put a fresh wrap on it, slipped my hand into one of those knit gloves with latex rubber grippy stuff and went back to work in order to finish a job which needed to be delivered on Friday. By the end of the day, the blood escaping from the capillaries under the finger nail had completely soaked the inside of the glove . . . but never stained any wood I was working on. In addition, the glove did a great job holding the finger tip together and allowing it to start healing in the correct shape. I should’ve gotten a few stitches but, being self-employed with a $2500 deductible, seeing a doctor would’ve just been an expensive inconvenience. After a week, it is healing nicely although there are some very tender nerves exposed where it split apart on the end which hurt like heck when they get bumped.

-- I'm the Woodsman . . . the four-wheelin', tree-farmin', custom-furniture-makin' descendant of Olaf "The Woodcutter" Ingjaldsson.

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