Far Guy decided on Tuesday evening whilst I was dozing on the couch watching the news in Japan that he would cut his finger off…well the bone in his finger stopped the carving knife from severing the finger. He said “Bad word, bad word” and then “Get me something to stop the bleeding.. but don’t look.” I should have called 911..he was bleeding like a stuck hog. Instead I threw him some 4 x4’s and did a pressure bandage with some hot pink vet tape and took him to the ER…and I didn’t even have to lay down this time. I made it through the whole ordeal without fainting. I am not any good at taking care of Far Guy when he is injured and bleeding..we have been through this over the years..through many fingers. It is bad enough he has to take care of himself..without picking me off the floor too.
He cut at least one tendon..and will require surgery in a far away from home hospital. At the ER they stitched him up and had a hard time stopping the bleeding..he is splinted because they don’t want him moving his finger. He is a mess..he is kinda cranky..and his finger hurts.
He has now officially graduated from Carving Knife Sharpening School..if those knives are sharp enough to slice through his finger then they are sharp enough to carve with. I have a special glove I wear on my left hand..just incase a knife slips..I have been injured too..but I just cut the tip of my finger off…since then I carve with a steel knit glove on my left hand. I am going to get him a glove of his very own.
We have successfully learned how to make our own carving knives. Far Guy makes the blades and sharpens them ( really sharp). We put them in handles..beautiful little handles..Black Walnut, Butternut or Maple. I sand them and seal them with Bees Wax. He was carving a spot for a blade in a piece of Black Walnut when the accident ..or brain fart occurred.
We spent almost the entire day( Wednesday) away..at a far away hospital where a Dr B. took care of the injury. Jo came over and took care of Chance for the day. Thanks Jo! We got home very late. I am tired. Far Guy is tired too.
Warning: Photo of the owie..
After surgery, yes his whole arm looks like one huge club.
His carving knife was sharp enough to sever one tendon completely and to nick the other one. After he heals from the surgery he should be almost good as new..in about six weeks:)