Wherein Ron almost loses a finger....


This weekend.
Saturday, Ron was working on his latest project.
He's building a floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall built-in for our bedroom.
Saturday, he was using the table saw.
It all happened in a split second.
The saw grabbed the wood,
and pulled his hand into the saw.
His upper left thumb was cut to the bone.

It could have been much, much worse.

That being said, he came into the house
with a blood soaked paper towel around his hand.
It went something like this:

He said, "It's pretty bad."
Me: "Oh no, what is it?"
R: "My thumb."
Me: "Oh honey. Emergency room?"
R: "Yes."

So off we went.  Ron, the boy, and I.
We were lucky, it was a slow day at the ER.
They took us in after only 5 minutes.

{without too much graphic info, there was a lot of blood}

We had a wonderful ER nurse and doctor.
The thumb took 6 stitches.
{The boy watched it all. I had to turn my head.}
He lost his nail, which should grow back in about 6 months.
The doctor stitched on a fake nail.
Something for the cuticle to attach to.
It's silver.

{photo by the boy}

The boy and I began calling him Silverthumb.

{the ER nurse tied that fancy bow}

The pain was bad the first days.
He didn't sleep the first night,
even with pain meds.
Finally, I poured him a whiskey.
That helped him sleep a couple hours.

{doctor's office waiting room}

Our first doctor visit was last night.
It's already looking better.
We go back on Thursday.
Today, Ron proclaimed a definite pain decrease.

Ron has been working with wood since he was a teenager.
He builds beautiful furniture.
It's his hobby.
What he loves to do,
and he's very skilled.
This was his first accident.
He's still trying to figure out what went wrong.
He keeps playing it back in his mind.
He says he can't explain it,
it happened so fast.

Again, we realize how lucky he was.
The ER nurse and doctor told us
power tool accidents are very common in the ER.
There was a guy there just before Ron.
He cut his hand with a power saw too.

I guess you know how I'm going to feel
when he goes back out to the garage
and starts up that table saw again.
Which I know he will.

So, that's pretty much our last few days
in a nutshell.
We're very thankful that Ron still has
10 fingers.

I hope your week is going beautifully,
dear friends.
Much love!



Waterrose said...

OH my...I feel the same way every time my hubs goes to the garage....last accident was welder's blindness...thankfully it wasn't permanent! Men...

Dennice {Fringe} said...

Good grief, Rose, welder's blindness?! So glad it wasn't permanent!

Yeah, what you said: Men...


Ana said...

So glad everything turned out ok!! I can only imagine how worried/scared everyone must have been. My husband's uncle lost one of his fingers like that and I'm always terrified when Nate goes to play with his tools.

Dennice {Fringe} said...

Thank you, sweet Ana! It was terribly scary, but he was so lucky his thumb wasn't cut off. Gah!

Tell Nate to be super careful each and every time. Tools can turn on you in a flash.


lillyella said...

oh lordy! So glad he still had ten digits too. I can totally relate to this with my power tool man. Sometimes no matter how careful you are, it's beyond your control.
Maybe that's why we have 10 fingers, in case we lose one we still have plenty left :)

Dennice {Fringe} said...

Thank you, dear Nicole! I think you may be right about why we have 10! You're such a clever girl :)...

Ron's always so careful, and it bugs him that he can't see what went wrong when he plays it back in his mind. The whole thing happened in a flash.


Toyin O. said...

Thank God, Ron is okay:)

Dennice {Fringe} said...

Toyin O. ~ Thank you, sweetie! xo

24 Corners said...

Oh my goodness D!!! So glad Ron's still has his thimb...and hand for that matter! You poor thing, how frightened you must have been. Your boy was very brave to watch...I know he likes to fiddle with wood too, this will hopefully help him to be extra, extra, extra careful.
Best to Silver Thumb...and big hugs to you!!!
xo J~

24 Corners said...

Oh for goodness sakes...that would be THUMB (not thimb!)! :?