Yesterday at work I put my left hand on the shelf and tossed a 15 pound box onto a top shelf, and when I backed away (fast) I caught my wedding ring on the shelf. The ring basically disappeared under the muscle - what the nurse called "de-gloving". After all said and done, they had to cut off my ring, and use 9 stitches. The Doctor said most are "double stitches" as the wound was so jagged and torn.
They did bring me some OJ and cookies when I got a little light-headed! Oreos and Chips Ahoy! Yummy!
I had called my wife on the way to the ER so she came down from work. I really appreciated that!
All in all, I am off work today, and go back Monday with the restriction of not using my finger, but can use my hand if I'm careful. I miss my ring, as this is the first time I have not worn it for more than a couple of hours since we got married back in 1993. The Doc said I might not be able to get it back on either (after I get it repaired). She also told me no shooting for the duration of the stitches to avoid tearing them out. Yes, I did ask her that!
All in all, just a stupid accident. We was short-handed and running behind, and I was rushing to try to get done. I have to go to work now and take a mandatory drug test, which I have no worries about.
Photo is of one side only of the stitches. Cell phone quality though, and I decided best not to post the more gory bloody ones (available upon request though).
Ouch! glad you're gonna be Ok. I never wore a wedding ring at work for that reason. I saw a photo once where someone got thier wedding ring caught and it actually tore the flesh of his finger right off the bone! That was a convincing photo.
When my sister was young she was playing in a tree while wearing a ring on her finger. She jumped out of the tree, ring caught and she left her finger in the tree. THAT is why I refuse to wear any jewelry on my hands to this day! I was 4 at the time and I still remember it like it was yesterday. Not wearing a ring upset my ex for a long time but I refuse to wear one.
Like I said, VERY glad you still have your finger attached!
That is why I usually take mine off, or at least have gloves on...
Back in my bouncer days I used to wear three large rings on my left & right hands...like mini-brass-knuckles
Also had one of those humungous leather wristwatch straps...until I got tangled up in a fight with it...ended up with a light sprain to my wrist...
after that, no more rings or watches until I got hitched...and my wedding ring is of proper size so that I can remove it when needed & for sleeping...
WEAR THE GLOVES!! A good set of those Mechanix gloves are only $20, but they save wear & tear on yer hands for months!!
I've saved myself from all kinds of cuts & nicks with them thangs!! So much so I'm considering getting a case at a time...
Owch! I applaud you and not taking your ring off. I cant wear one at my civilian workplace. For my current deployment I have a Hemotite band; cheap but still sends the message. My wife likes the tan-line, and can't wait to get me home to see the other white parts.
JG; I was thinking af a tatoo as well. How do other ladies fell about it. ToniAnne says no, But I wanted one about 2 decades ago... just didn't have a reason to wear the ring if you know what I mean. :-(
Man, that looks painful and nasty. I hope you heal FAST! I got hung upon thedife ofa truck years ago, and luckily it messed the ring up instead of the finger! But it hurt like hell hanging on the trailer until they could bring the loader back up under me. I drove a turkey truck for awhile, because the pay was good, but it wasn't worth the loss of a finger! Practice the ambidexterous moves, and you'll be the better for the time without the southpaw! I got lots of training back when my left arm was in a sling for almosta year! You might even learn to scribble with that other paw!
You still have 9 more buddy.... that works.....
Sure does look nasty and I wish you heal fast.
I won't go into much about cutting three fingers half off while building my old house but ya know it didn't even hurt much. Just thumped a little after the 32
stitches the nurse with no experience put in....
I still cant feel em but I can feel when it is going to rain..LOL.
Be careful,listen to the polka music a spell and you will be shootin a few weeks
after the thread is out...
Mark I commend you for wearing the ring that long and yes you must have a good wife to come see ya whilst you was sewed up but I'll tell ya, mine won't fit over the big lump scar.
You have any of those Oreo's left for your good ole buddy Earl...rotflmao.....
WOW that is painful and nasty. The very reason my husband never wore a wedding ring to work, he was a union industrial plumber/steam fitter. He never wanted to me wear my rings to work either, I ran a warehouse.
I know how much that hurts because I did almost the same thing many years ago except with no ring. Snagged the last joint of my right hand ring finger on the sharp end of a metal bin and tore all the flesh off the top of the last joint.
Only lasting effect I got was that the nerve was severed but that was it. It still works good for digging out buggers!
Hope it heals up good for you with no permanent damage. Mine hurt pretty bad for about a week.
Keep it clean & dry.
You might want to think about taping it to your middle finger.
This will keep you from flexing it, and pulling stitches.
Also every time your coworkers are around, you can show them your finger(s). And stay away from the BBQ grill, with gauze on your hand!
You already know the wife loves you, if she puts up with the Polka music
And wedding rings can be repaired, so don't worry about that.
Will be praying for you to have a complete healing.
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