The Unthinkable happened!

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by cjp54, Nov 29, 2019.

  1. Parlorman

    Parlorman Silver Supporting Member

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    Thank you for the cautionary tale. Thoughtful of you.

    On a somewhat related note:

    My stepmom’s father was a performing accordion player (polka bands) and blew off his thumb and three fingers when a cherry bomb short fused. I swore off amateur fireworks.
     
  2. Elwin Ransom

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    I work in the oil and gas industry so safety is huge - some might say overboard. I don't play guitar for a living (or any money for that matter) but I couldn't imagine losing my ability to play. PSA: Wear those safety gloves and keep out of the line of fire!
     
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  3. wahfreak

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    I just watched this video yesterday.....funny that his channel name is Stumpy Nubs. Some of it is a little bloody.

    I only post to show how quick things can go south with ordinary hand held power tools.

    Stay safe!

     
  4. cjp54

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    Thank you for all the well wishes!
    That video of the angle grinder was interesting. That chain saw cutter is down right scary looking!
     
  5. abby_normal

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    Yikes. As someone who owns a deli I feel your pain. Let me tell you, meat slicers are worse that power tools. Hope you heal up as quickly as possible.
     
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    Honestly, it takes a genius to learn from other people's mistakes. I'm lucky if I can learn from my own.
     
  7. enharmonic

    enharmonic Old Growth Gold Supporting Member

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    Best wishes for a speedy recovery!
     
  8. Thumpalumpacus

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    Best wishes to you. I've only had one serious but non-permanent fret-hand injury, which took about a month to heal. Yes, I did refresh my slide playing.

    Yours could have wound up much worse -- I bet we're all very glad it didn't.
     
  9. earthmud

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    Same damn thing happened to me except mine was a electric trimmer. I was talking with my wife and somehow got distracted. The next thing I knew, I felt the pinch, saw the blood, and asked my wife to grab the car keys. I sliced halfway through my index and middle finger, just short of hitting bone. I sat for five hours waiting for someone to stich me up in the ER. Pissed me off but I guess I was low priority. Because I sat for so long I now have this hard piece of skin in the center of my index. The trimmer made a Y shaped cut in my index hat was difficult to stitch. It's been about 6-7 months and I still have some nerve damage but most of the feeling has come back. I was playing lightly after about two-three months. Hopefully as more time passes it will become less numb in certain areas. I can still play so I'm thankful it wasn't any deeper. My wife does the hedge trimming now lol.
     
  10. monty

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    I could only bear to read the first sentence. Hope you get better soon bud.
     
  11. Pongo

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    wow, that’s terrifying. As far as bad-case scenarios, super glad it’s nothing permanent, and that you received such good care. Here’s to a fast and full recovery in 2020!
     
  12. fitz

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    Good luck with your recovery. I had my left middle finger cut off almost down to the first joint below my fingernail. I thought it would never grow back but it did, fingernail and all. Although it isn't perfect, I can still play just fine & is not noticeable. With a four month prognosis you should be fine.
     
  13. GenericUserName

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    Sorry to hear bud. Sending good juju.
     
  14. Mark Robinson

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    I mangled my fretting hand pinky tip with a hand held electric powered plane, when I was in my late teens, trying to tailor a baseboard to a non level, undulating concrete slab. Stupid! I’d been dropped off, and wasn’t picked up for hours, pre cell phones. I lost some nail bed, and had two cuts bone deep. Somehow it healed up and became pain free, though it’s a bit numb. I was pretty lucky.

    Hang in there, be positive and adaptable and you’ll get around it one way or another.
     
  15. ruger9

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    I was there, just this year. Accident with an 18V circular saw. Middle finger tip, left hand. I was also wearing gloves, which was a catch-22: I believe the gloves are what caused the accident (catching the blade), but also what likely created enough resistance to stop the saw.

    Lost 1/2 the nail, fractured the fingertip bone. Couldn't play for a couple weeks, but then started wearing one off these** to continue rehearsals... worked great. Now, 5 months down the road, everything is 90% normal again, altho I do still have a little nerve damage or something... slight "pin pricks" when a string gets right on the place where the blade cut (my cut was perpendicular: straight into the tip). But all-in-all, no complaints, will not affect my playing in the long run. I was very lucky!

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  16. makeitstop

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    Oh, man, that sucks. I had my left index finger slammed into the tailgate of a pickup a couple of years ago and couldn't play for nearly 8 weeks. My wife says it's the most miserable I've been since we met.

    Hoping you heal quickly. Stay positive, man. I know that sitting in a room full of guitars and not being able to play really did a number on my head.
     
  17. gkelm

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    Ouch! Sorry to hear it--all the best in your healing.
     
  18. Guitarheel62

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    Praying that you heal quickly and completely.
    Thank you for posting to remind us how quickly this can happen.
     
  19. Daren Anderson

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    I hope you heal quickly.

    I badly injured my hand in a slip and fall. It was horrible for a few months. I was worried I might not be able to play again. It has been over a year and it about 90% better.

    I need to be able to play guitar, not for livelihood, but for sanity and quality of life. I learned my lesson—don’t take your hands for granted.
     

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