Originally Posted by Rod Kaufman
Rich, It's too bad that happened but knowing you, you'd probably rip off your socks and start typing with your toes if you had to.
I saw a patient today who had a co-worker lose a finger and a thumb to a saw yesterday. They salvaged a finger but not the thumb and the latter is the most critical digit in the hand. In fact, I can recall a case where they amputated a toe and replaced a severed thumb with it. Worked fairly well as I recall...
Wow Rod, I always hate to hear that. And yeah, I probably would get my toes workin'.
I'd hate to lose either but you're right on the money about the thumb. Worst digit to lose on a hand. Hope the guy recovers ok and doesn't get infection setting in.
At the lumber yard where I've been buying for 30 years now, one of the owners (2 Brothers) cut off his thumb and index finger on the DeWalt radial arm saw, the big 16 incher and it was because he was working with gloves on. The blade caught the glove and pulled his hand in. They flew him flight for life to Denver where he underwent surgery and they replaced both, but he lost the first metacarpal in both digits. His thumb only has the outer bone with the fingernail and the index finger is short a bone as well, but he seems to get along fine.
It happened about 15 years ago and he's still out there working in the shop. If you do any work with power tools, be careful dude. Make sure you always have short sleeves.
It can happen fast and it always seems to be a matter of getting in a hurry. Mostly stupid mistakes that can be avoided.
Enjoy your night