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Forum topic by Jerry posted 07-25-2015 08:53 PM 1128 views 0 times favorited 46 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jerry

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07-25-2015 08:53 PM

Hello to all of my friends,

Well, as we get ready for the big move to McMinnville there was a slight bug splat… By Monday the 20th, I had the entire shop packed up, along with the music studio and goodly number of books in the basement.

Then disaster, at around 12:45 AM on Tuesday I took a bad spill in the living room and hit my head on something on the way down. I thought I was OK but my wife, who was awakened by the noise said otherwise and made me stay on the floor while she called 911.

Long story short, we still don’t know what my head hit, can’t find any bloody things, but I had a massive P shaped cut, about 2 – 3” across, all the way to the bone. I kept telling the Paramedics it was nothing, that head wounds are just really bloody, but they didn’t listen, thankfully.

After Mr. Toad’s wild ride to OHSU, getting my clothes cut off me, a cat scan, and 2.5 hours of stitches administered by two nurses taking turns, I was ready to get the hell out of Dodge and come home.

Apparently they had to strap me in as I fought the PMs the whole time they were working on me.

My poor wife had to see me looking like you or I can’t possibly imagine, huge cut all the way to the bone, yes, my skull was completely exposed I guess, The repair was done in 3 layers, or skin flaps, one for the skin layer closest to the bone, etc up to the top layer.

Absolutely no pain in the head wound, not the first night, not now, but the real trauma was in my neck muscles which somehow got pretty badly sprained, so I’ve had 4 pretty sleepless nights because of the pain, but this morning about 2 AM, I discovered my new best friend, Ibuprofin gel caps. Voila, neck pain gone.

So, while I currently look like a modern day version of the Frankenstein monster, I’m feeling pretty good, pretty strong. Today we box up more of the basement, take some more stuff to the Goodwill, and do 3 banker boxes of shredding.

Before we go out, I’m considering giving myself a really bad haircut, super gluing a couple of bolts to my neck, putting on a black suit and some high top steel toed work boots and scaring the Bejesus out of the general public.

After hearing my wife’s story and seeing the effect it had on her, I’ve been forced to seriously reevaluate the way I’m running my life. I’ve made some permanent changes as of that first night and am healing rapidly, and feeling stronger and more positive every day as a result.

All in all, this was a blessing.

You guys are very important to me, thanks for reading this.

—Jerry

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/


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pintodeluxe

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#1 posted 07-25-2015 09:24 PM

Amazing story Jerry. The nature of your injury sounds quite precarious. Wishing you the best with your upcoming move.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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firefighterontheside

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#2 posted 07-25-2015 09:43 PM

Jeez Jerry. That’s one heck of an injury. Make sure you take it easy on yourself and don’t over do it. Hope the move goes more smoothly from here on out.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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Jerry

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#3 posted 07-25-2015 10:39 PM



Amazing story Jerry. The nature of your injury sounds quite precarious. Wishing you the best with your upcoming move.

- pintodeluxe

Thanks Willie, I really am doing quite well now. Good things coming.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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Jerry

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#4 posted 07-25-2015 10:40 PM



Jeez Jerry. That s one heck of an injury. Make sure you take it easy on yourself and don t over do it. Hope the move goes more smoothly from here on out.

- firefighterontheside

Thanks my friend, yes it’s very impressive. I could post a selfie, but I don’t want to put you guys through the traumatic experience of seeing it. :P

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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grizzman

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#5 posted 07-25-2015 11:02 PM

oh come on jerry, your always doing these things to get attention huh, you never let me get even a little lime light, so yea, go ahead and get all the fun, two nurses and lots of stitches, now does that mean lots of laughs or do you mean the real kind….a….LOL…WELL JERRY I HOPE YOU CONTINUE TO HEAL WELL AND COME BACK NICE AND STRONG…ooopppsss, dang caps button…..you take care buddy, me if i want attention i have heart attacks…but for now i will let you have all the fun….lol….you know it would have been a better story if you had cut your head open on the table saw….much more gorey…more splattered blood….get well fast my friend, glad you were not hurt badly.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Andre

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#6 posted 07-25-2015 11:32 PM

Hell that sounds like just a regular Friday night Drunk from the old days! Good thing I don’t drink that much anymore.
Should get together and compare scars some day? Age is supposed to bring wisdom, so I have been told the secret is living long enough I suppose? Take care.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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Jerry

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#7 posted 07-26-2015 12:08 AM



oh come on jerry, your always doing these things to get attention huh, you never let me get even a little lime light, so yea, go ahead and get all the fun, two nurses and lots of stitches, now does that mean lots of laughs or do you mean the real kind….a….LOL…WELL JERRY I HOPE YOU CONTINUE TO HEAL WELL AND COME BACK NICE AND STRONG…ooopppsss, dang caps button…..you take care buddy, me if i want attention i have heart attacks…but for now i will let you have all the fun….lol….you know it would have been a better story if you had cut your head open on the table saw….much more gorey…more splattered blood….get well fast my friend, glad you were not hurt badly.

- grizzman

Well, you have to admit it makes a good story. It was quite exciting at the time, or so I’m told. The only thing I remember is looking up at the PMs in my house and telling them they needed to leave, that they were over reacting. Well they were male nurses, and it’s a teaching hospital. One of them, the experienced one, started the stitching I’m told, and the other one who was getting a live tutorial had to take a few minutes to get his hands to stop shaking before he jumped in there and did his piece. The experienced guy did the initial skull flap closure, and the intern did part of the second flap and part of the final. As far as the heart attacks go, I hope you are joking, but in case you are not, I’m sure you have taken the initiative to get healthier, if not, please remember that I need you around to give me 10 gallons of you know what in a 5 gallon bucket :P

Thanks Grizzman

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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Jerry

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#8 posted 07-26-2015 12:10 AM



Hell that sounds like just a regular Friday night Drunk from the old days! Good thing I don t drink that much anymore.
Should get together and compare scars some day? Age is supposed to bring wisdom, so I have been told the secret is living long enough I suppose? Take care.

- Andre

Well Andre, you’re Canadian ( translation Superman ) so I’m not surprised you take this in stride. If you want to compare scars, though, I’ve got 36 years as a professional martial artist to go along with this latest little glitch. Might be interesting, except of course if you were a professional woodworker all that time, or a lumberjack, in which case I concede.

Thanks for looking in.
Jerry

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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grizzman

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#9 posted 07-26-2015 12:23 AM

well its true, on july the 3rd i had a mild heart attack, im home doing fine, but as anyone i do need to make some lifestyle changes….but you take care, get well….remember we will watch your designs, if we see any flaws, we will know this cut did some damage….;)

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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poospleasures

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#10 posted 07-26-2015 12:25 AM

Hope you continue to heal and without more pain. Sorry for your misfortune. It is so nice to have those wonderful wives to make sure we do what is best for us. I cut the end of my finger pretty bad one evening and did not want to get it fixed but she took me to the hospital and it was bad enough had to go straight on to another hospital to get it fixed. Take care and keep us posted.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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Redoak49

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#11 posted 07-26-2015 12:36 AM

I have gone thru a couple of things where I have been hurt or very sick. While at the time, I was focused on myself, I figured out later the tremendous effect it has on the rest of the family.

I am glad that you are healing and doing better. I am also impressed that you understand how your wife is feeling and are addressing that as well.

Take Care

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shipwright

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#12 posted 07-26-2015 01:10 AM

I remember an old saying from the sixties Jerry …... “Drugs will get you through times of no money but money won’t get you through times of no drugs” it may have had a somewhat different meaning though. :-)
Glad you are recovering.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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JoeinGa

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#13 posted 07-26-2015 01:15 AM

SO you say that you got a little Boo-Boo and had to get a few stitches ? PFFFT! Call me when you get one of these zippers …
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Just kidding Buddy. Good thing you have a wife smart enough to take care of you (like I do) and MAKE you go to the Dr’s. Heal fast, be well.

And I’m glad to hear you didn’t hit something important, like your head! :-)
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-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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gfadvm

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#14 posted 07-26-2015 01:29 AM

Holy cow Jerry! That sounds like an experience you didn’t need to have. Glad your wife got you taken care of and no serious damage. I’m pretty hard headed as well and would have probably tried to get my daughter to sew me up rather than making a trip to the ER.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Luddite

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#15 posted 07-26-2015 08:21 PM

Jerry, Jerry, Jerry!
I’m hoping this will, excuse the pun, knock some sense back into your head. It just amazes me the lengths some will go to avoid having to move. Really now!

Here’s my “ACCIDENT”. Not quite sure what I was trying to avoid but do remember I got lots of attention and neato drugs.

Kidding aside, I really hope you’re on the mend and will quit having these Job like trials.
May the light shine upon you, at least long enough so you can see where you’re headed.

—terry

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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