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posted on Jul, 2 2017 @ 11:53 PM
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Now I'm not sure, but I think I may have posted a couple weeks ago about the value of your hands. And, I'm not whinin' here, lookin' for sympathy or anything, but I just can't get over how debilitating a serious hand injury can be.

A while back I busted up my right hand. Slammed it into a 6x6 post going down head first after a mad momma cow cut my feet out from under me while trying to get out of the way of her war-path. Hurt a bit, but I didn't think much of it at the time; had things to do. Stung a little bit the next day or so, mostly the pinky and ring fingers. Thought maybe I dislocated something. Had some swelling and some green/blue color, but I could still move it okay. Stuff to do, and the ranch doesn't wait. So, I didn't worry about it.

Now, four weeks later, it still hurts just as bad, but pain I can deal with. However, my grip is not nearly as good...and now my left hand is jacked up due to favoring my right. I've spend the past 6 days with a large chainsaw cutting up timber, hauled 45 tons of hay, replaced the axle on a tandem axle trailer, sold another, bought another...plus all the other daily stuff, and my damn hand just isn't getting better. I just wish I could get where I could lay off my hand for a couple days, but I don't know what I'd do! Maybe log rolling??? How the hell do you function without your hands?

Tonight I had to rig up a big med bag for an old cow who's going to calve (unexpectedly...another story). Rigging hobbles, medic supplies and pulling chains. Looks like she's going to calve twins (not good). And, if she even makes it, it will be a long next few days even despite all the efforts. How many times I'll get kicked and thumped on I have no idea, but I know it'll be plenty. And, I'm sure the first thing to get hit will be my hand. That, or I'll go down over her in the darkness and land on it.

I've got a buddy at work who sprained his ankle running. He said he was going to use the 4th holiday to just lay back and "take it easy".

Man, I sometimes wish I could know what it would be like to be able to say that!! Just one time.


edit on 7/3/2017 by Flyingclaydisk because: (no reason given)




posted on Jul, 3 2017 @ 12:04 AM
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The "log rolling" thing was just a joke...I have no idea how to stand on a log in the water and roll it!!




posted on Jul, 3 2017 @ 12:25 AM
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a reply to: Flyingclaydisk

Any little bumps down by where your hand meats your fingers. I ripped off a part of tendon that went to the lower part of a finger one time, the finger still works but it is weaker than the others. I waited too long to go to a specialist, the GP blew it off so I just made my own appointment. There was nothing he could do but give cortisone shots at that point, he said if it had been like three weeks he might have been able to reattach it but it was over a month.

I lived, my finger is noticably weaker. After the cortisone shots the inflammation went down. I do not know if that is what happened to you, when that snapped on me, my finger went crooked, I thought it just popped out of socket and popped it back in place. But there was much more to it than that.

My trip to the GP was wasted, I would say go to a specialist who can take pictures of it and do something. I had insurance though, I do not know how much it costs if you don't have insurance, it is not like it was twenty years ago.



posted on Jul, 3 2017 @ 06:20 AM
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As men, we have a habit of smashing our hands [ or feet, head, etc...] and just saying to ourselves, "It'll be ok" and just deal with the pain till it does one of 2 things: Gets better or gets so bad we have no choice to go get it seen to. Right now, it hurts and is awkward to use. The question is, with your lifestyle, can you afford it staying that way?
Or getting worse?

I know every day is a busy day, but you really oughtta go get it checked out.



posted on Jul, 3 2017 @ 06:58 AM
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Keep working it. It'll come back.
My hand is at about 50 percent after a couple of months following an injury.
It takes time.



posted on Jul, 3 2017 @ 07:38 AM
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a reply to: Flyingclaydisk

You were saying how hard it was to type without the use of both hands. I remember one time I broke two finger in four places. Was brushing out a tree with my brother and stuck my hand in before the saw came down that was 64 stiches. Bout bleed out on that one. Flattened one finger when a 320 lb. piece of steel landed on it. All I can say is time heals all wounds.



posted on Jul, 3 2017 @ 01:01 PM
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a reply to: Flyingclaydisk

I can only suggest that you wear your chairsawing Kevlar chaps while working with the cow, bulky and clumsy, but you don't need more injuries. Or maybe cowboy chaps? A hand injury is survivable as you have explained, had that been a knee, guess what....



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