I’ve been really surprised & touched by all the messages of support from everyone, so just wanted to say a genuine thank you to you all.
Spoke with the microsurgeon (plastic surgeon) last night before I was discharged from hospital. I managed to miss pretty much everything that was critical (missed the tendon, didn’t impact the bone), and only partially cut through a nerve in my little finger – what he regarded was the best possible scenario (based on what happened and the symptoms I presented with obviously).
Amazing what is possible these days – being able to even repair severed nerves. So thanks here to the surgical team as well.
I’ve got an open cast on the arm that is to (strongly) discourage me from putting any load on the finger so as not to tear the microsutures in the nerve and blood vessel, which will be on for about 3 weeks. The op was done under a general anesthetic, and additional block put into the hand, so the finger is only just starting to wake up now. I’m sure it will be wanting to have a bit of a conversation with me when it does.
So thank you again to everyone for your thoughts and comments. I’m sure some have just read it and gone “well you’re a bloody idiot”, and hey, I totally agree with that position as well (in fact that is the camp in which I firmly sit – stupid, careless, and definitely should have known better).
Our choice of pastime has some risks. However these can be fully managed to keep us safely enjoying our passion, if we ensure we do things the right way, with the right tools, and most importantly, with the right safety equipment and processes. This has been a bit of a reminder to me obviously.
The normal programming will resume shortly. I have another video in the can to edit, and a second on the way. The next issue of The Shed mag is finished apparently, with my substantial article on the Sopwith Camel toy build, so I need to start the next project asap. (Any suggestions?)
Got a bunch of tools and a few machines that I really need to sell – taking up valuable real estate. Some Triton gear, and my TS10L tablesaw is still around. If anyone want to put in an offer, I’d strongly consider it before going to the open market.
Some new tools to talk about, and as always, whatever I’m up to in the shed. Never enough hours in the day!
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