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I never thought I would have to post on this thread but here I am.
This afternoon I was working up some splits as I have done for many many years when all of the sudden it got me.
While running the splitter I some how managed to put my finger where it didn't belong and before I could react, it was to late.
I crushed the end of my index finger on my left hand to the point where it was curshed and just hanging on by a small piece of flesh.
It happened so fast I had no chance to react. My first thought was a band aid ain't gonna fix this one.
Went strait to the ER where they did the best they could to stitch it back on, but according to the doc, I'm gonna lose the end of my finger at the first knuckle.
I'm going to a specialist on Monday but I'm not expecting to keep it. Doc said in most cases the end of the finger is the hardest to save. The end was snow white and was completely numb and didn't have any blood flow to it so it's probably gonna die and fall off or they will have to remove it. It didn't bleed much at all but it sure smarted a good bit. The ER doc's were great. It was a slow day for them so they got me strait in with no wait. Can't say enough good things about the hospital and the 5 doctors that worked on me. I think the hardest thing for me is I play guitar and I may not be able to play anymore. That and learning how to pick my nose with my middle finger. I'm still hoping that it can be saved but not holding my breath. Word to the wise. Never put your finger where it don't belong. I can't wait for the middle of the night throbbing to keep me up at night.I'll keep you posted after see a specialist.
Damm. , sorry to hear about your injury , on the up side one less fingernail to trim . Seriously , hope all goes well with the specialist bud ! :drinking:
 

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I went to the surgeon that the ER recommended today. He took a large needle and poked the blackened end of my finger all the way to the bone and no blood. That means there is no blood going to that part of my finger. I think that part of my finger is dead and will have to come off. He wants me to wait another 10 days to see what happens. He spent all of about 5 min with me and charged me 200 bucks and did nothing but poke the end of my finger with a needle. The whole end of my finger is completely black now. IMG_5018.JPG IMG_5012.JPG
 

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it's hard to "like" those pics.

hope you're a little better by today (less pain)

btw, "nice finger, shame about the face"

I was not happy with what the first doc said and did, so I called his partner and made another appointment in the morning to get a second opinion. He said sometimes they have to wait to see what it does, but it's not looking good to me. I'm sure I'm gonna loose some or all of the end of my finger. It's black and greenish looking with no feeling in it what so ever. He poked it with a large needle and there was no feeling or blood flow what so ever. That tells me that part is already dead. Gonna be another long night tonight with the throbbing and pain. A lot of emotions going on. Disappointment, anger, frustration and anxiety. Fearing the worst, hopping for the best.
 
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It could be way, way, way worse as far as an injury goes. You're good.

chicks dig scars. You just have to come up with a better story than you pulled a boner with your splitter. You know, some kinda ninja **** or somethin'

still unfortunate and a son-of-***** though.
 
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I was not happy with what the first doc said and did, so I called his partner and made another appointment in the morning to get a second opinion. He said sometimes they have to wait to see what it does, but it's not looking good to me. I'm sure I'm gonna loose some or all of the end of my finger. It's black and greenish looking with no feeling in it what so ever. He poked it with a large needle and there was no feeling or blood flow what so ever. That tells me that part is already dead. Gonna be another long night tonight with the throbbing and pain. A lot of emotions going on. Disappointment, anger, frustration and anxiety. Fearing the worst, hopping for the best.
Sorry man hope you find enough comfort to get some rest tonight
 
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God watch over you sb47. I’m just a hack that helps neighbors split wood and I always tell everyone who helps me that, we are to watch over everyone’s hands while splitting, loading and staking cause it only takes a second. If anyone sees anything that’s not right, they are to holler stop! I showed your pictures to my wife, only because she is the most impatient helper and I wanted her to understand why I am always telling her to slow down and I am not picking on her in front of the other family helping put up wood for the oldie neighbors. I hope you don’t mind. Speedy recovery and again God watch over you, please and Amen.
 

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God watch over you sb47. I’m just a hack that helps neighbors split wood and I always tell everyone who helps me that, we are to watch over everyone’s hands while splitting, loading and staking cause it only takes a second. If anyone sees anything that’s not right, they are to holler stop! I showed your pictures to my wife, only because she is the most impatient helper and I wanted her to understand why I am always telling her to slow down and I am not picking on her in front of the other family helping put up wood for the oldie neighbors. I hope you don’t mind. Speedy recovery and again God watch over you, please and Amen.

Thanks and yes if it helps someone stay safe then use it.
 

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Why wait 10 days and risk a major infection. You can see its dying already and is gonna have to come off so they should spare you the pain and risk by just removing it so you can get on with healing
I agree, I called the doc back this afternoon and scheduled another appointment in the morning. I'd rather stay ahead of it then be behind it. I'm going to see if they will just take it off. I don't want to loose the whole finger. It's starting to swell and feels like it may start to get infected. I may even just go to the ER again tonight.
 
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Try to keep your hand above heart level to reduce swelling and throbbing. Whatever you and your doctor decide, hope your recovery goes well, with best outcome. Tylenol does nothing for inflammation, naproxen (aleve or generic) and ibuprofen (motrin or generic) do. Ask your doctor.
 

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I had to go back to the ER last night because it looked like an infection was setting in. Doc hit me up with another antibiotic shot and a new oral antibiotic. I called yesterday and set up an appointment with a orthopedic surgeon for this morning. Arived 10 min early and wated almost 2 hours. People coming in and going but they made me sit there and wait. I finally got up and left.
 
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I had to go back to the ER last night because it looked like an infection was setting in. Doc hit me up with another antibiotic shot and a new oral antibiotic. I called yesterday and set up an appointment with a orthopedic surgeon for this morning. Arived 10 min early and wated almost 2 hours. People coming in and going but they made me sit there and wait. I finally got up and left.
Do not give up. Had an appointment with surgeon in TC, sitting in office and get a call on cell phone that I was late and would still be billed for office call. Really? Call local hospital and ask if they have orthopedic surgeon on staff, you need to be seen now!
 
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SB I really understand what you are going through. What I found with any any injury is not to let issue be dormant. Keep fingers moving and blood circulating best as possible. I have several fingers shorter than the rest and not a big deal. Several motor cycle related, but my earlier injuries are the worst that are not not race related. One finger got mashed and now joint does not work. Ortho doctor said he would remove for about $2,000 with my insurance, but declined. I am grateful my pain tolerance is very high so rarely need any drugs. I still do have plenty of tramadol which I think will help if all else fails. Drugs can be quite habit forming just ask how I know. Plenty of nerves in fingers so they can keep one quite alert for a long time. Thanks
 
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