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Old 04-29-2019, 09:17 PM
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I sliced my thumb today doing something stupid. I'm enclosing part of my pole barn to serve as a workshop and put up a tarp to block the sun off the west side while I'm working on it. It keeps it cooler and keeps the sun from warping the new pressure treated lumber. I cut a small square of roofing metal (1x1 inches) to screw over the grommet to keep it from pulling when the wind blows. I punched a hole through the metal and put my screw through it and then went to fasten it. I was holding it with my thumb when I pulled the trigger on my hammer drill. Apparently the hole for the screw was not punched all the way through and the metal started spinning it like a propeller.

I don't know how many times it rotated before I pulled my hand back, but my thumb has a slice about an inch long where my thumbprint would be. It is probably at least 1/4 inch deep if not more so. It was late in the afternoon and I considered going to one of those emergency care clinics for stitches, but decided not to. My wife is a nurse so she cleaned it well and put some steri-strips on it and then bandaged it.

What makes me mad is that I should have known it was going to happen because I barely missed getting cut when I was putting a piece on the other end of the tarp. I should have known better.

What are some of the stupid injuries that you've had?
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brain hurts after reading your post
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Have arthritis in my left hand because I hammer like lightning. I hold the nail with my left and swing with right.
I never strike twice in the same place.
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Not me,but I did watch my bro in law (in a wheelchair with paralysis) run 4 2" drywall screws through a 1/2 piece of plywood right into his thighs,one into the bone.Never felt a thing.
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When I was younger and baling hay I had one. I was in the loft stacking hay that was coming off the conveyer. I went to the conveyer to get the next bale that was coming and stepped on a loose board on the floor. My foot went through the floor and the board came up and smacked me in the face......then the bale came off the conveyor and landed on my head! I have quite a few of knife accidents as well.
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Originally Posted by muskamoot View Post
Not me,but I did watch my bro in law (in a wheelchair with paralysis) run 4 2" drywall screws through a 1/2 piece of plywood right into his thighs,one into the bone.Never felt a thing.
This made me cringe!
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Originally Posted by KJS View Post
When I was younger and baling hay I had one. I was in the loft stacking hay that was coming off the conveyer. I went to the conveyer to get the next bale that was coming and stepped on a loose board on the floor. My foot went through the floor and the board came up and smacked me in the face......then the bale came off the conveyor and landed on my head! I have quite a few of knife accidents as well.
I hope you will forgive me, but I laughed at your post.
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Originally Posted by RipTideBBQ View Post


This made me cringe!

Me too. That hurts just reading about it.
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I think I rebroke my nose a few weeks ago up on a ladder tightening a pipe joint and slipped and punched myself in the face with the wrench!
Stars, dizziness, blood, swelling, laughter, embarrassment, Ima dope!
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Originally Posted by ylyl1943 View Post
brain hurts after reading your post
front runner for winning the internet today. it's just too early to give it to you now.


Originally Posted by muskamoot View Post
Not me,but I did watch my bro in law (in a wheelchair with paralysis) run 4 2" drywall screws through a 1/2 piece of plywood right into his thighs,one into the bone.Never felt a thing.
on purpose, like an old david letterman stupid human trick?
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I have a list that's pages long but here are some notable ones:

2016 I was bowling with friends. I hadn't bowled in years. Night was finishing up. I was the last bowler, last game, last frame (or whatever it's called). I picked up the spare. I started walking to take my shoes off when they said to me "Hey man you go again. You picked up the spare." I go, swing the ball down the alley and "POP!" Bicep tendon detaches from the elbow and rolls up into my arm. I have a hot searing pain in my forearm like someone stabbed a burning knife in. I already knew what had happened. 3 days later I was in surgery to reattach my bicep.

Couple years ago, we were on the chunk at night in the canyon. I went to catch a quick nap on one of the helm benches. A rod goes off and I jump up. I swung my arm over and BAM. Slammed my wrist/forearm right on the footrest of the helm chair. Within seconds a massive lump bubbles up. That one took a long time to heal. I even had "crepitus" in the arm. I would move my wrist and you could hear the tendons crackling in the inflamed tendon sheath.

Another time we were fighting a nasty yellowfin on the chunk. Guy was begging me to gaff the fish because he was tiring out. I took a bad shot at the fish and hit it in the tail. All 90 lbs of yellowfin shoots away from the boat and I feel the AC joint in my shoulder tear.

That's just the short list.
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Cleaning gutters January of this year. Ladder slid on the deck and I fell about 5 feet. Crushed my right tibia. 16 screws and a plate later it's "fixed". I just got off of crutches last week.
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Last summer, a friend an I were in a fishing tournament on the way to our next fishing drop. It was low tide, and the river bed, sandbar had changed after the last round of hurricanes we’ve had. We hadn’t been thru the creek in a while and found a much larger sandbar where there used to be mostly water we could run thru at low tide. My friend caught himself before flying out of the boat and sliced his arm open on the plexiglass windscreen, I “tweaked” my knee, which turned out to be a torn meniscus and some bone damage. I fought the injury until this passed March and had surgery to repair. Just went back to work yesterday.


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Tried to stop my rc car from hitting my real car with my foot. Tore my calf muscle.

That was about 8 years ago and it's still not right.


I also tied up my big trawler for a hurricane but after securing everything couldn't reach the dock. Felt like I could jump it, missed and hit my shin on the edge of the concrete. Fracture and cut badly. Did I mention this was the day before a hurricane with work still needing to be done?

Many others.
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On Friday I was sitting in a chair and bent over to tie my shoe. Lower back made a sound like a crushing aluminum can and I was stuck bent over with incredible pain. I’m still walking hunched over like Quasimodo 4 days later. Never thought something like this can happen at 36.
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Originally Posted by Tread_Head57 View Post
On Friday I was sitting in a chair and bent over to tie my shoe. Lower back made a sound like a crushing aluminum can and I was stuck bent over with incredible pain. I’m still walking hunched over like Quasimodo 4 days later. Never thought something like this can happen at 36.
Back injuries are the worst. I had a friend that turned to pick up a soft cooler with a can of soda and a few
bottled waters in it. It’s been 2 yrs and he’s still not right.
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Fishing flood waters in the back of a creek. Lots a drift wood. Hooked a small cat and was pissed because all the wood I couldn't navigate the fish threw it so in frustration I reared back to pull the fish over the top. Fish pops off and fortunately for me I had dropped down to a 2oz sinker that fly's threw the air like a bullet and hits me square between the eyes. Bout knocked my azz out. I now have a scar the shape of a star right between the eyes. It wouldn't have been as bad if there was no one around to see it, but sure enough as I'm standing there bleeding and half dazed a couple walks by and said dam that was painful watching
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A friend of mine was bass fishing with a topwater lure one day when it got hung up. He pulled and pulled until it broke loose and came flying back at him. He was barefoot and had been resting his feet on the top of the gunnels. The lure with treble hooks lodged into the bottom of his bare foot. He had to drive the boat back to the landing, load it up and drive himself to the ER with a hooks stuck in the bottom of his feet.
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Yup, that is why I wear leather mechanix gloves now when doing work with metal. Stamped metal is the worse and sharp as can be.

Last year the dryer wasn't working or drying all the way, did the usual maintenance stuff but no go. Had to get to the heating coil and moister sensor. Well one electric plug for the door sensor was really on there good and I squeezed as hard as I could and pulled down really hard. Yup, the edge of the front panel sliced right through my thumb down to the bone. Did the ER, they had to cauterize it, clean it up and then put in a couple stitches. If I press on that spot today I can feel tingling in the tip of my thumb and one side of my thumb stays numbish.



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So I have more the a few.

My first house I bought, went out to the garage to do something and the garage door would t open. Looked at it and realized that the center bracket had dropped free from the wall and was resting on the sill. So I said i got this. Grabbed my socket set and proceeded to remove the lag bolts from the wood that fell to reposition it. Got the last one out and the bar that runs to both side of the door drops and lands on my fingers where I was holding the sill. Ever get that somethings not right vibe? Flex the fingers on my left hand and every thing moves no real pain. Look at my right hand everything moves no problem. Rotate my wrist and realize I have a 4 inch open slice on my right wrist I can see the bone)where the bracket that was under tension because the door springs were on it, rotated and sliced my arm open.

So call my grandparents who take me to the er. ( Both my car and my ex wife's were in said closed garage) Doctor puts my arm at a very awkward angle under a brite light then leaves the room. Meanwhile the inside of my arm is now getting warm. So I moved it. Doc comes back and 6 stitches later my arm is closed back up.

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