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!