My husband is a machinist.  Accidents are inevitable, I just find myself hoping that he’ll never lose any fingers.  Well, on Wednesday morning I got a mysteriously vague text from John that said, “I’ve really done it this time – gonna need surgery on this finger.”

Then nothing.  And he wouldn’t answer the phone.

Bad, bad, bad!

So here I am, wondering if he’s cut off his finger or WHAT.  Finally he called me and told me he was at the doctor waiting to see x-rays to see if his hand was broken or what.  He had gotten his right hand stuck in a machine at work (lathe) that he wasn’t familiar with.  Apparently he didn’t realize the ON switch was on and was unable to get his hand out fast enough.  A bar smashed into his hand at lightning speed and cut into his thumb, slicing the tendons.  It also cracked the bone.

He now has a very large thumb on his hand – gives him a bit of the look of a Frankenstein monster.  Poor guy – serious pain.  Especially when he forgets that trying to move it will hurt.  A lot.  He’s getting surgery done on the hand today – he’ll be done about 6:30 tonight.  A friend took him to the hospital and I’m going to pick him up when he’s finished.

I know it’s not a life-threatening thing (not like they’re doing heart surgery or something) but I’m still really nervous.  I hate to see my hubby in pain or out of commission in any way – he’s so capable normally!   He speeds around and hardly ever sits still.  Even with the pain of his thumb it didn’t really stop him… he was still restless.  He persuaded the doctor to let him take the big cast off and was typing and even playing guitar with that hand (the pick held between two fingers).  He’s nuts, right?  :)

So I’m sitting here waiting for him to get out of surgery, wishing I could be there.  It’s not something I can do with two young children, though.  Sometimes I really wish I had family close-by for these times.

So tell me, what’s the worst accident your husband has been in?  How did he react (was he a baby or tough)?  :)

This is the worst for us in the 7 years we’ve been married.  Guess that’s good!

Edited to Add:

Well, I got him home and he’s doing well.  The surgery went great.  I’m glad that’s all over and he can focus on recovery now!


10 Responses to My Hubby’s Thumb, Sliced & Diced (OW)

  • Best wishes for a speedy recovery. The worst injury my ex ever had while we were together was the time he was hit by a van while walking. He was hit so hard his watch flew off and his ankle was shattered. He had to have surgery and it always bothered him.

  • Any type of surgery is scary when its a loved one, that’s for sure! It’s great that your husband will be okay, he must have been terrified & shocked when it happened, poor guy…My husband just started up rock climbing again, hopefully he will always be super careful…He tends to be a tough guy when things first happen, but then wants lots of babying & sympathy afterwards.

    • Yeah, it was scary for him! He told me he kept having flashbacks of that moment when it slammed into his hand. Not knowing exactly what kind of damage had been done. I’m glad he’s okay, too. :)

  • My husband broke his back last year, getting launched off a horse…That would definitely be the worst accident my husband has been in during our 4 years of marriage!
    It was a compression fracture, (so not paralyzing, praise the Lord!) but it hurt REALLY bad. He was super tough, though, and insisted on going to work the next day…and totally disregarded the doctors’ suggestion to “take it easy” for a week or so.
    Sometimes having a “tough” husband is difficult. ;-)
    Almost a year later, it still gives him trouble, (and probably will the rest of his life,) but we are so thankful that he wasn’t permanently paralyzed or something!

    • Oh my goodness, that is awful! I’m so glad he wasn’t paralyzed, though. I was bucked off a horse as a teen and couldn’t walk for that entire day… no true damage, though. We didn’t even go to the doctor, it was just a shock hitting the ground after flying through the air like that. And I think I bruised my tailbone or something.

      What in the world do we do when the doctors say to take it easy and they don’t? LOL I can only do so much. Unless I lay him on the couch and sit on him there’s really no other way to make him rest. haha

  • That is awful! Your poor hubby. My husband was in a very bad motorcycle accident. A lady pulled out in front of him and STOPPED. Luckily he survived, but it wasn’t an easy recovery.

  • EEEEEK! MY hubby sliced and diced his thumb earlier this year. They actually told him he probably wouldn’t grow a nail back, the nail bed was destroyed, but alas he did and it looks like the same ole thumb again. It was horrid…

  • Ouch! My husband once almost sliced his thumb off while he was at work. He doesn’t cry or really act like he’s hurt at all…especially when he’s really hurt! His boss finally made him go to the ER and he acted like it was no big deal and just called me when he was done. At least he didn’t make me worry and called when it was all over, but still…I would have at least liked to know what was going on! Glad your hubby is okay!

  • Ow! Poor guy. The worst hubby has had was getting attacked by an older male german shepherd we adopted. He bent over in front of the dog and was petting it. Apparently, the dog didn’t care for that too much and attacked. Hubby ended up with 36 stitches in three areas on his head. Very traumatic for all of us!

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