Table Saw + Carelessness = Oops

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  1. Walt B

    Walt B Active Member

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    Daniel, Thanks for the tip. I'll try it. One of the EMT's, after checking the workshop for any "residue", asked why I wasn't using the "orange push tool". I said that I was, it was the other side of the blade that got me. :sad:

    Thanks again.

    Walt
     
  2. Zulu

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    Hope it heals quickly.... I have a very healthy respect for my saws, and only use push stick , mostly scrap pieces.

    I am however scared of the large jointer, that actually scares me as I saw all fingers on one hand get mushed on that as a kid,

    bandsaw I am probably the most blasé ........

    if I had the money I would consider a Saw Stop, because my 13 yr old son is now also working in my shop,,,,....they work very well
     

  3. Zulu

    Zulu Member

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    Daniel. Post some pics so we can see . Sounds good but I can't see it
     
  4. Walt B

    Walt B Active Member

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    A "bit" of good news today. Had an appointment with the surgeon this morning. The examination was "iffy". Looks like "most" of the thumb is doing OK; one part of the tip looked very white, but the other side looked like it had blood flow. :dontknow: A lot less bandage now, and I go back in a week for another look. All in all, a lot better than I thought it would be turning out. :grin:

    Again, thanks for all the well wishes.

    Walt
     
  5. efmesch

    efmesch Active Member

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    That's great news---we look forward to hearing continued reports of positive progress. :grin:
     
  6. gunsmith

    gunsmith New Member

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    :goodpost:
    What ef said.
    Wishing you a quick recovery.
     
  7. Walt B

    Walt B Active Member

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    Hi all. Met with the surgeon today...had x-rays prior to the exam. He came in and said, "How's the thumb?" and I responded, "Not good." After we removed the bandage for x-rays, it was evident that there were areas not getting nourishment. I have a Monday appointment for surgery to remove about 1/3 of the thumb.

    Hey, I did it, and it could have been worse. I still have 2/3 of a thumb. :thumbsup: (maybe not the best smiley :wink:) The bees are probably enjoying this...every time I plan to steal their honey, I go in for surgery. :grin: Stay healthy and safe,

    Walt
     
  8. Crofter

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    Walt, sorry to hear that all of the thumb wont make it. Probably better to have it gone though, rather than there but no feeling etc. My cousins husband lost a forefinger on left hand and because it was compensation case it seems they were obligated to attempt reattachment. It "took", after a fashion but he claims it is only an ornament and more in the road than functional.

    best wishes,
     
  9. efmesch

    efmesch Active Member

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    Walt, I admire your ability to stay upbeat. I pray that after this coming treatment all will continue A-OK.
     
  10. Walt B

    Walt B Active Member

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    Frank, Ef, Thanks for the well wishes. I spent a portion of this latest visit trying to make the surgeon feel better. :smile:

    Walt
     
  11. PerryBee

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    Something that has taken me a long time to learn (Thanks Ef), is that ones outlook on things play a huge role in one's happiness and contentment. Walt, you're gonna be just fine! :wink: :thumbsup: Your words speak volumes.
     
  12. Walt B

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    Thanks Perry. It's tough not to be positive on this forum. :thumbsup: But, you can bet that, before the surgery on Monday, I'm going to make sure the surgeon got a good night's rest and nothing is bothering him. :grin:

    Walt
     
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    Walt, sorry to hear what happened, hope everything goes just fine on Monday. :thumbsup:
     
  14. Walt B

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    Well, this "roller coaster" is on the upswing. Doc said he cut a "wedge" of dead tissue out and that my thumb will be "narrower", but that will be the only difference (hope it doesn't look like a bird talon :wink:). I was under a "local" and wasn't "asleep" as long as the first op. As such, when I heard the surgeon say, "That looks good.", I responded, "You da man!". At one point a couple of nurses and I were singing along with the music piped into the O.R. (Hotel California).

    Severe pain last night and tonight I am actually able to do things with the "bad" hand. Things looking up :thumbsup: I'll let you know when I'm playing with the bees.

    Walt
     
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    That's two, I say two :thumbsup: :thumbsup: Walt.

    Now where can I buy a recording of that. :lol:
     
  16. Marbees

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    One on the left looks kinda "narrower" to me.:grin:
    Sorry Walt, couldn't resist
     
  17. Walt B

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    This is probably the last in the saga. Went for the post op visit today. After unwrapping the surgeon said, "I know it looks kind of grotesque..." I interrupted and said I thought it looked good. :thumbsup: He agreed. He was worried that I would only see the swelling and discoloration. The thumb will be about 1/4" (6mm) shorter than the other one and possibly a little narrower. Other than that, everything's OK.

    I can now change the bandages and wash the thumb...carefully. :yahoo:Asked if I could do some brush cutting and other work around here and he said I could do what I want. I told him if that was the case, there would probably be a couple of pounds of honey when I came for the next check up. He was thrilled...says his family goes through about a quart of honey a month.

    I know I'm rambling, but I'm just thrilled! I'm going to have to do something nice for my wife...she's been a brick the last few weeks; now she's very relieved. Thought I'd show the thumb progression (bandages) over the last month.

    Thumb 1.jpg Thumb 2.jpg Thumb 3.jpg

    Guess I'll get ready to do some shredding. :wink:

    Walt
     
  18. PerryBee

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    Glad everything went so well Walt! :grin:
     
  19. efmesch

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    Absolutely time for a celebration! Since Perry didn't give you a pie,I'll try my hand at it.[​IMG]

    Truth be told, another pie from Perry would still be worthy of the event.
     
  20. kebee

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    Glad for you Walt, here hoping you never go through that again.

    Ken