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My Sunday afternnon in the ER

post #1 of 29
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Well you know where I ended up -how did I get there??
Yesterday we went up to the farm as Neil needed more rocks for his wall.
We were on our third load with the tractor and I was putting the rocks on this thing called a stone bolt(??) looks like a metal sled. Anyhow second to last rock I was rolling over (it was about 50 pounds) as I positioned it on the stone bolt it I lost my grip and it fell (only about 3-4 inches) smashing my ring finger between two rocks. I knew it was bad-I took off my glove and the tip of my left ring finger had blood pump out like a volcano. I said we better go to hospital. We were way in the back of the field-I squeezed finger hard while standing on the back of the tractor. Neil had to unload the rocks onto the trailer and put away the tractor. I rinsed off finger w/ antibacterial gel (much pain)-no water only gatorade (yes you can use that to rinse a wound). Calledand found out closet place to go (only 20 minutes away) I was lucky the cloinic was not busy-the doc saw me-said wasn't as bad as it looked!
Sad news is my finger swelledup so fast he had to cut off wedding ring
Cleaned, numbed, nine stiches-3 xrays (nothing broken).Am on antibiotics and vicoden for pain. I changed gauze tomorrow-its swollen and I cannot work until stitches removed (rats). So typing is hard right now.
So some vibes would be good!! It was like you squashed a grape is how the tip of my finger split.
On the other hand my blood pressure was pretty good!!
post #2 of 29
OOHHH major owie there. Lots of "get well" vibes and hugs coming your way.
post #3 of 29
Ouch Gail, hope it heals OK. Sorry to hear about your ring, will you be able to get it re-made?
post #4 of 29
OMG my finger hurts just from your description! OWEEEE!! I hope it heals quickly and the pain subsides faster. I am glad nothing is broken! Quick healing vibes to you!
post #5 of 29
Puts a crimp on your gardening and landscaping, huh...

Here's a to make it all better! (Always worked for me! Yeah, I was much younger, too. )
post #6 of 29
EEeeew ouch!! Kissies for your boo-boo I know it's a very important ring to lose, given that it's soo well loved - but rather lose the ring than your finger. I'm sure that the ring can be re-made though, assuming of course you have it still - any jeweller worth their salt will be able to put it together again for you. They did a wonderful job with a ring of mine once that had to be resized - it has a very special and unique finish on it, and once they were finished, you'd never have guessed it had ever been worked on!

Get well soon hun
post #7 of 29
Thread Starter 
I have to stop at the jewelery stor that has done some work on it-they have restyling services. I forgot to mention that I'm also left handed which makes writing a joy!!
post #8 of 29
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Originally Posted by GailC View Post
I have to stop at the jewelery stor that has done some work on it-they have restyling services. I forgot to mention that I'm also left handed which makes writing a joy!!
You know, you can have your wedding ring made into a necklace. My Grandma did that after she had a bad injury to her hand.
post #9 of 29
Get well vibes on there way... Be careful with those painkillers though
post #10 of 29
I'm so sorry to hear about your finger. ((((hugs))) I know what it's like not to be able to use your hand. Hope you feel better soon.
post #11 of 29
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Maybe in a couple of days I will take a picture of my finger and post it!!
post #12 of 29
I'm sorry to hear about your injury (and your ring.) I hope you feel much better soon
post #13 of 29
Ouch!! Painful just to read your post. Hope it starts feeling better soon. I am sorry for your ring, but if you take it to a jewler they can make it whole again. Take it easy and keep your hand elevated to help to decrease the swelling.
post #14 of 29
OW! That probably hurt like all get out, huh? I hope it heals well so you can get back to work.
post #15 of 29
Oh I can't imagne how that hurt ..Hope it gets better real fast
post #16 of 29
Yikes! Sounds so painful! Sending lots and lots of healing vibes your way.
post #17 of 29
Ouuuuuuuuuch Gail!!

That sounds horrible! I hope it heals soon!
post #18 of 29
Thread Starter 
I stopped at the jewelery store that has done prior work on the ring-yet they can fix but I was looking at new band/restyle-OMG alot of $$$$$. They though that I should try to do an insurance claim to cover part of the cost.
post #19 of 29
Thread Starter 
It took an hour last night to get all the gauze off-I can keep it uncovered briefly throughtout the day-here are a couple of pics-it does look worse than the pics indicate though


post #20 of 29
Ok- that looks painful. Make sure you keep it clean and follow up with your doctor just to be on the safe side. I am sending "no pain" vibes your way!
post #21 of 29
OMG Gail! Please warnings next time! I almost on my keyboard!
post #22 of 29
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Originally Posted by GailC View Post
Maybe in a couple of days I will take a picture of my finger and post it!!
I was gonna say no thanks....

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Originally Posted by Phenomsmom View Post
OMG Gail! Please warnings next time! I almost on my keyboard!
Too late....
post #23 of 29
Oh my goodness! Gail hon- that sounds like it was just aweful! I'm sorry about your wedding ring- perhaps you can get a new band and have the stones set in it? I hope you finger gets to feeling better soon! I imagine it hurts a great deal- just hearing about it sounds painful! Feel better honey!
post #24 of 29
Ouch, ouch, ouch! I've done that twice before! Once a puppy bit clear through my thumb on accident, and a dungeon door another time. OUCH!

It's a lot more painful than it looks, and everyone thinks that because it's not broken, it doesn't hurt as bad. There are so many nerves in your finger tips, and so much blood goes there that it constantly hurts. I'm so sorry! Feel better.

Also... so he unloaded the tractor and put it away before going to the ER? I would have been yelling like crazy to drop it all and go. But I'm a wuss like that.
post #25 of 29
Ouch that sure looks like it hurts! I hope it heals up fast for you..
post #26 of 29
I hate to say this, but...look on the bright side. You can make all kinda typos and be immediatly forgiven. You can flip people off w/a big bandage and they think you didn't mean it.
But anyway. Sorry, hope you'll mend soon.
post #27 of 29
I was not ready for that, girlfriend. I hope you are feeling better.
post #28 of 29
Your post just made me cringe. You poor thing. I hope it feels better soon.
post #29 of 29
I hope that everything is pain free today!
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