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Two fingers are on vacation
Last Saturday was a beautiful sunny day for cleaning my car and doing yard work. Strider is always happy to run around the backyard while I walked around with the lawn mower, weed whacker, and hedge trimmer.

We have some wisteria that grows like crazy when springtime hits, and it's a lot of work to trim them as they're tall and grow in all directions. I used to have a gardener to help with the trimming, but money's tight, and I can use the exercise anyways!

By the end of my trimming job I had to pull some branches down as I hold my trimmer high and get that last few branches. A branch snapped and the hedge trimmer came swinging down. I switched off the trimmer and by reflex my left hand tried to stop the fall of the trimmer so it doesn't hit the floor, or my leg.

Next thing I know was me looking at my hand that is now stuck by the hedge trimmer's blades. Turns out the trimmer was still cycling after power down, and two of the teeth cut into my index and middle fingers. The teeth didn't cut all the way through, squeezing some of the meat of my fingers in between, and I can't pull my fingers free from the trimmer.

My mind was racing at a mile a minute, and the thought of visiting the ER with a 24 inch trimmer stuck on my left hand is not a story I want to tell. I dashed straight for the garage, and lucky for me the garage door was still opened after the car wash. I stumbled to grab a pair of pliers, and I proceeded to lift the teeth on the trimmer and free my fingers one by one as I painted the driveway red. Two strips of paper towels later and the bleeding finally slowed down.

After a 3 hour party at the ER, I've earned 6 stitches and a bag of party favors for keeping my fingers looking like cucumbers.

The stitches takes 12 days to remove, and in the first few days I need to keep it elevated to keep the pain down. I now hold my fingers up as I walk around so I look like Dr Strange casting spells all day. Worst of all I can't type with most of my left hand so my WPM had been halved. There might be some delay in bug fixes while my fingers heal, so apologies in advance.

For those who don't mind looking at nasty stuff, here's my first attempt as a hand model:
Click here to see the stitches

User Comments: [31]
Misfortuned Checkmate
Community Member

Wed May 01, 2019 @ 02:31am

Omg! gonk I'm glad you'll be able to make a full recovery, but by all means please make sure to take it easy! We all will support you while you're in recovery mode! Please take care !! <3 <3

Community Member

Wed May 01, 2019 @ 02:35am

dang bro that doesn't look fun at all!
i deep cleaned my car about a week ago it felt great. i took my seats out and shampoo'd everything now my car smells super good!
as for the yard work i'm probably a few weeks behind myself x.x

Community Member

Wed May 01, 2019 @ 02:52am

crying crying crying crying crying hope things get better

Prince Maikeru
Community Member

Wed May 01, 2019 @ 03:07am

Ow. Wish you a speedy recovery. emotion_c8

Victoria Alex 123
Community Member

Wed May 01, 2019 @ 03:57am

Hope you feel better soon. biggrin

Yoyo Illuser
Community Member

Wed May 01, 2019 @ 04:07am

I'm really glad you managed to walk away from that with only stitches! I wish you a fast recovery~

The Supreme Commenter
Community Member

Wed May 01, 2019 @ 04:41am

This is a true horror story. I hope you feel better soon too, Lanzer. cry

Anamosa Valentine
Community Member

Wed May 01, 2019 @ 05:15am

Outch, that gotta hurt! surprised

But I'm surprised and glad to see that you too do some gardening! You should try growing rows of different colored flowers, that's something I would enjoy doing back in my hometown (and neighbors would compliment it.) c:

Community Member

Wed May 01, 2019 @ 07:53am

gonk wowah that's not good but I am glad that the fingers survived. Hope you recover well and take the time you need to heal heart

Community Member

Wed May 01, 2019 @ 10:44am

Oh jeeze dude, get well soon! take care of them fingys, and be careful! we love ya dude!

Community Member

Wed May 01, 2019 @ 05:43pm

Best that you take it easy. Life happens and I'm just glad you could still walk away from the accident with those fingers still attached. eek

Hope the healing goes well and no surprise problems come up. Make sure you've had your shots and get blood checked for things periodically. Somewhat recently lost family that ended up losing his life from what started as just building a chicken coop and with many problems coming had died from liver failure I think it was.

Take care of yourself. heart

Community Member

Wed May 01, 2019 @ 07:19pm


Definitely take it easy, my dude. You'll heal faster if you're not stressed the frick out, no?

Peace, T.

Community Member

Wed May 01, 2019 @ 09:43pm

Ouch! That's so scary!
Ugh, typing with one hand is sooo annoying. You're a trooper for getting this journal entry up for us. Definitely take the time to heal up properly and all the excuses to cast spells. c:

Community Member

Thu May 02, 2019 @ 04:09pm

OMG! gonk That looks terrible! But thank God that your fingers are still intact.

I hope they heal well. Don't stress them too much, and don't forget to ask teh doctors if there are any finger exercises you need to do as a sort of therapy.

Community Member

Fri May 03, 2019 @ 10:01pm

Ouchie crying hope recovery goes well, I'm glad you still have fingers at all!

Community Member

Sat May 04, 2019 @ 01:14am

Well ouch! I hope your hand heals quickly, you're very very lucky to have not lost any fingers or to get any tendons cut, that is awful! To bad someone can't do your typing for you. Feel better soon! emotion_bandaid

Community Member

Sat May 04, 2019 @ 08:23am

Yeowch! Yikes! emotion_jawdrop
Somebody was watching over you that day.
Please by all means take it easy and get well soon! emotion_bandaid

Community Member

Sat May 04, 2019 @ 10:26am

I can readily imagine the pain! I had cut my own fingers to that extent on a couple of occasions and have the 'badges of courage' as a result. It is not fun. Including as a Homemaker and cannot wash dishes with such injuries. (cannot get them wet)

Does not really look too ad, actually. It will take quite some time, but that will heal nicely. Remember to keep clean and use some Neosporin (to kill and protect from germs) on occasion.

Community Member

Sat May 04, 2019 @ 04:50pm

ouch!! get well soon, Lanzer!
and as always, thank you for all your hard work and for keeping us updated! heart

Philippa May Regnard
Community Member

Sun May 05, 2019 @ 10:03pm

You are stupid fortunate that that's as bad as it is. Did they have a specialist check you out for possible nerve damage while you were there? Good luck with your recovery, though, and please don't do anything to stress yourself out further during this time. Your health is important.

Apollos Liar
Community Member

Sun May 05, 2019 @ 10:20pm

Holy s**t dude, I hope you feel better soon. Those'll be some cool scars though.

Tanrei Kaname
Community Member

Mon May 06, 2019 @ 09:06pm

jeez, that's unpleasant. look at the bright side - it could've been worse.
take as long as you need to heal - those bugs aren't going anywhere. And you know as soon as you squash one, two more appear. We'll still be here.
Rest. And get well soon!

Community Member

Wed May 08, 2019 @ 08:01pm

Take it easy and wishing you a speedy recovery.

Community Member

Thu May 09, 2019 @ 01:39am

OMG! Reading that story I kept thinking how brave and stoic you sound~ I hope you have someone to care for you while you heal~

Community Member

Sun May 12, 2019 @ 08:02am

I'm subscribed to your journal but I'm still not getting notifications when you post a new journal. I remember a few post back you said you fixed it but it has never worked for me.

Community Member

Mon May 13, 2019 @ 12:09am

Glad you’re okay! Get well soon heart

Kaiza Stan Lee
Community Member

Wed May 22, 2019 @ 03:01am

I've mot seen this in a long time.

Community Member

Fri May 31, 2019 @ 02:06am

yeah, hows the fingers doing now
yikes life; see when all you do is coding...cant function in the real world.

Community Member

Thu Jun 06, 2019 @ 02:56am

Glad you're safe and well man - that could been much worse! You thought fast.
Also, this might just be the most strangest image hosted on an official gaia server.

Community Member

Tue Jun 11, 2019 @ 02:24am

crying crying crying crying crying crying crying crying

GET WELL SOON. Make sure you keep your fingers clean to prevent infection.

Community Member

Tue Aug 13, 2019 @ 11:09pm

*shudders* I'm so glad you're okay! Please be more careful. cat_gonk

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