|Forum topic by Craftsman on the lake||posted 07-27-2012 01:49 PM||7304 views||0 times favorited||18 replies|
07-27-2012 01:49 PM
Addition to this forum topic: I’m going to have to see a infection specialist. The bone infection is very difficult to get rid of. It’s a persistent staff infection. They’ll put a stint in my chest so that I can give myself twice daily injections of antibiotic for 6 weeks. The prognosis of stopping it is low. The last digit of my index finger will probably eventually be amputated. So, Don’t take cuts and splinters lightly. and if they fester for very long see a doctor. Geesh…. .This is one of those mountains out of a molehill thing.
This is not like those stories of some guys who have caught their fingers in a sawblade. It’s much milder but a heads up to woodworkers as it could lead to big issues.
I got a splinter in the end digit of my index finger long ago. i can hardly remember it. It was while moving some FAS oak boards. Like all of us, I looked at it, grabbed it and pulled it out and continued working.
For the next year I kept getting a bulging pressure on the digit. It would then form a small blister and pop and puss would ooze out. this would occur once a week or sometimes once a month randomly. No pain, just a popped blister. Sort of like a zit when we were kids. I brought it early on to the attention of my doctor who said I probably had an infection.
During my last appointment I said that it was persistent.. about a hear and a half. He sent me to a joint specialist. They took an xray and found that the bone in that digit had undergone several bouts of infection and the sides of it were scalloped out, damaged, deteriorating. You could easily see it on the xray.
I now have to go get an MRI on it to see the extent of the damage and to determine the type of antibiotic regimen to use on it before the joint is damaged. I’ve also got to have a head xray first because I also weld and if a metal shard is in my eye it could be moved by the MRI magnets to bad places.
I’ve had no pain or discomfort so like I said, this isn’t like some of you who have had some real bloody damage that I’ve seen posted. No sympathy needed. But, if you get a splinter and the area blisters up over and over for a long period of time. Get it looked at or you might end up with an MRI and having your head examined like me!
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