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Damaged my hand

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by skulkerboyo, Aug 1, 2008.

  1. skulkerboyo

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    Yep sliced through some tendons while cooking:cry:

    Had surgery today to reattach the bits. Sitting here typing with one hand. I'm right handed and as its the one I damaged things are gonna be tricky work wise.

    My hands gonna be out of use for a long time. it'll take 6 weeks before I can hold a cup and 3 months before i can use weights again. I can however do running so thats not too bad

    My boss doesnt mind me coming back to work and just doing remote/phone stuff. He wants me to use the time to train our helpdesk up as theyre looking to do some certs soon(i've pointed them to certforums). Also we have an internship kid starting in 3 weeks so I get him to help me.

    Have to take two weeks off so i get to devote alot of time to the n+ study which is good cos as it was i was strugglin to study for it

    bit crap really but i should probably relish the chance to chill for a bit.

    Anyone got any one hand I.T. tips?:D
     
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  2. Mitzs
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    Wow Skulk, that really does sux, but I hope you recover fast. Can you get your hands on natural speaking dragon? That might help you with typing.
     
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  3. greenbrucelee
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    sorry about you hand mate.

    Have you though about asking your boss to invest in one of those things that controls the mouse cursor through brainwaves might be a tad expensive though.
     
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  4. tripwire45
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    Wow. Sorry to hear that. Hope you mend quickly.
     
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  5. wagnerk
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    Ouch mate, what we're you trying to do? Copy a Japanese chef or something. But on a serious note, take it easy and rest up, the last thing you want to do is cause more damage.

    -Ken
     
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  6. grim

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    we wanna see gory pics :)

    Grim
     
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  7. Mof

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    cut through a tendent on my thumb three years ago whilst up a ladder trying to wire a light fitting, took six months to get back to working order. My thumb twiching now just thinking about what you have done take it easy and slowley and good luck.
     
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  8. onoski

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    Sorry to hear that as I kind of know the feeling as my wife sliced her finger a while back through to the tendons and she had to go to therapy sessions.

    She was actually off work for nearly close to three months, well take it easy and you'd be fine with time.
     
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  9. tripwire45
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    No we *don't*

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  10. twizzle

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    Yes we do, we wanna see the stiches and the cut!

    Bet you didn't just shout OUCH! when ya did it either. Sliced my hand open many years ago as an apprentice. I was stripping cable in the palm of my hand witha Stanley blade when i slipped. Got rushed to the nurse on site to get it looked at. They weren't bothered about the blood or the gash, just the fact that i had been working in teh acid etch plant, so might have gottne it infected with rust or acid. All i know is it bl***y well hurt! Had several stiches to hold it togther but no lasting damage. Not even a scar as it was along my life line.

    Thing is since then, i've sliced my palm in teh same place a further 3 times, all minot compared to teh first time, but funny how its always the same spot.
     
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    yeah you tell him

    grim

    p.s. its been nice posting here :oops:
     
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  12. Mof

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    I had to go for therapy, One of the silliest things ive ever done. Imagine having to walk into a room with a nurse at a table with a pillow on, I had to wiggle my thumb backwards then forwards and after that excertion i was treated to a thumb massage all the time the door would be open with people walking by, I use to leave there in tears of laughter.
     
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    Grim, Mitz wants you to go and give a review about your new job as its been well over three day:)
     
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  14. skulkerboyo

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    Thanks for the support guys

    Had my first physio sess today. Horrible it was. my taxi got here early so in the faff i forgot my painkillers.
    They could only give me paracetamol when i got there and id skipped breakfast. Not good when your 1 day out of surgery and they want you to bend your hand specifically where the big fat fresh slizzle is.

    2 mins in I sicked into my mouth. Oh the embarassment:oops: I'm 215 lbs (weightlifter not pie eater) and covered in full sleeve tattoos but also a big softie really. The nurse said its the big guys who are always scared of the needles etc. Same principle as when you go for a tattoo. EAT BREAKFAST OR YOU WILL HURL WHEN UR BLOOD SUGAR PLUMMETS

    Works being really cool about it. Physio says i can return to work at around 6 weeks but I'll get back into doing summat before that. I love my job and quite want to go back now but i also dont want to jeopardise my chances of recovery.

    Its odd, its only one finger thats been damaged but my whole life has been knocked out of whack

    Going to work on using my left hand intensely for everything. my father is ambidextrous because an injury forced him to use his left for a while so adapting might not be that hard. Beer bottles are a bugger though with one hand.

    I may post an external link to pics when i get as far as stitches taken out but it only looks gruesome now cos of the surgery. The cut that did was very small. maybe 1cm. I used to be a chef so keep very sharp knives and all that happened was the tip went in and with surgical precision cut two tendons pretty much exactly where they begin to fork.
    Yeah rubbish i know. No heroic gashes just a precision snip. They couldnt reconnect one but apparently its a nonessential tendon!!!! Odd

    Anyways I'm ramblin now. I'm getting alot of help and support from places and people i wouldnt have expected it and this means alot to me. Small injury but its having a massive impact. If this had happened in my previous job I'd have recieved bugger al sick pay and been shoved out the door after 6 weeks off. incredibly grateful for how my current employer is handling this/me and soooo happy that i managed to make the move into I.T.

    Cheers guys and girls I'll keep you posted
     
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    Twiz and Grim...I believe my attachments say it all... :twisted:


    (yeah, I'm kiddng) :wink:
     

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  16. Mof

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    LOL very good.
     
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  17. Mitzs
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    I am glad you have so much support that really does help. And you have a great boss it sounds like so never forget his kindness.

    You will get pretty good with your left hand. I got my thumb cut off and reattached about 15 yrs ago by a piano. I learn how to play nintendo with the game controller upside down so the buttons would be on the other side. You'll be surprised what you'll be able to do. As for the bottle, put it between your knees and twist with the other hand. If you doing it standing up it is even eaiser. Get an automatic can opener if you don't have one. It will be your best friend for the next couple of months.
     
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  18. skulkerboyo

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    Good one. Also saw a thing on one handed lace tying. I must google for more of these "arts"

    Hows the thumb? What kind of feeling/mobility do you have

    its weird I had a guy start a conversation with me earlier just because we both had our hands bandaged. Nice guy as well
     
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  19. Mitzs
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    The thumb is really good now but for some reason a little shorter then the other one and the nail doesn't grow right but atleast it is still there.:) I had a lot of nerve damage so it really took about 6 or 7 years before bumping it or the cold didn't make me want to rip it back off. Now only extreme cold bothers it and the one side is half numb. But that is ok. Like I said better then nothing!:D
     
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  20. twizzle

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    You could always open the beer bottle with ya teeth, best thing when theres no opener around.

    Mitzs, i didn't realise that pianos could re-attach thumbs?????

    I'm lucky in that i've never had an appendage sliced or chopped off yet (though many people have threatened a certain delicate body area!)

    Good thing about learning to be ambidextrous is that you can W**k with both hands so never tire out! (Well someone had to say it :twisted: )
     
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