Wednesday, May 18, 2011

...and a trip to the ER...

(careful, picture may cause queasiness)

Mr. T came home a bit early to get a head start on putting up the crown molding in our room.
It was a frustrating evening with corners not matching...and pieces having to be recut. By 9:30 the frustration was high (luckily, just towards the crown and not each other:)...He was working on this small piece that connects the bedroom with the bathroom...

It, of course, was not matching perfectly either, so he was getting even more frustrated...then it kept slipping as he tried to match it as best he could. He finally got it ready, lifted his nail gun, set the nail gun, shot the nail gun, dropped the nail gun as the piece came down too, and jumped off the stool. He just stood there holding his hand looking at me. At first I thought the gun did something that just scared him, or nicked him...till he showed me this...

Then he immediately stated, "I have to go to the ER". With Lil D long asleep, I called my wonderful friend who sent her husband over to take him. While we waited the few minutes for him to get there (seriously, I've never had someone appear at my house so quick)...Mr. T was determined to take a picture...I just kept telling him to quit looking at it...and then...

The shock started setting in...the pain was all of a sudden being felt...his whole body was sweating and clammy and I really thought he was going to pass out. I didn't even know what to do for him but make sure he stayed sitting down....and he kept asking me if I would clean up while he was gone...no honey, they are your tools, you need to put them away when you get back because you got them out....silly man...really?!:)

They were at the hospital for about 2 1/2 hours. They had to x-ray his finger before they could pull it out to make sure it wasn't through the bone...it wasn't. Then they had to wait for the doctor to come pull it out (makes me queasy just thinking about that)...they numbed his finger really good, so he said he didn't feel it. Then he got a tetanus shot and some pain meds and was sent on his way.

Mr. T and I have done A LOT of home improvement/DIY projects over the years, especially this past year. He is a VERY cautious worker...we have NEVER had even the simplest injury. He is even more careful when it comes to the nail gun/saws/etc. The only thing I can figure is that trying to hold that little piece in place (with his right hand) and using the gun (with his left hand)...the gun slipped and shot straight down, through the crown and into his finger.

Ouch...really....just ouch!

Update: Mr. T just sent this to me from his iphone from the ER last night...and then there is the copy of the x-ray. These are really more for my journaling needs...but in case you wanted to be even more grossed out...

(THIS PICTURE IS WORSE!)



and that's that....

7 comments:

Jamie @ It's a Morris Thing said...

Ouch, Ouch, Ouch!! I am glad it wasn't more serious, but really that looks awful!! So sorry!!

Unguren said...

Yikes! I just showed it to Blake. Now he is gonna go to work and give David a good "manly" hug.

agirlsmusthaves said...

Youzers!!!! When I saw the finger my stomach turned. Reminded me when we were camping and that stick went into leg. As soon as I saw it the pain became more intense. Glad there was no BIG damage. Will he use the gun again?

Jay and Kay said...

i guess i don't comment enough for you to remember i read your blog regularly. and obviously you forgot how easily i pass out--remember freshman health at Ricks? yeah, that is a gross picture and i just about lost it. i hope your projects are almost done:)

Christine said...

Ahhhh! Silly boy, Dave. Glad he's ok. Kind of funny though. :)

AJ said...

You did warn the reader that it was an intense shot. It still made me stomach turn. Oh my oh my. It looks like he is fortunate it missed the bone...kind of close.

Always an adventure at the Thompson house.

Erin said...

ugh! that looks painful! my husband accidentally put a nail through his toe when we were demo-ing our floors a couple of years ago. He was lucky too and missed the bone.

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