Sunday, February 26, 2012
Of course, I know that finger injuries are very common and can occur in a variety of ways.
The most common of which could involve getting a finger caught in a car door or hitting it with a hammer.
Or get caught in a drill, like what happened to me!
Oh, I also believe that the occurrence of an injury at work is an unlikely event. I am one of those people who think that workplaces are generally safe places to spend 7 or 8 hours of your day.
But when I injured my finger last week, I become more conscious of my surrounding and how I go about my work. I would check where the machines are plugged and how I can turn it off in case I need to.
When my finger got caught in the drill, I cannot turn the machine off because I can't locate the off switch, and the machine was plugged way out in the back where I cannot reach because I can't move with my hand stuck to the drill press. When help come they have to loosen the drill bit and not pull it out of my finger for fear of damaging it further.
When I finally removed the drill bit myself, my first line of defense is accessing just how much damage I have done to it. The pain was just over whelming. It was throbbing all the way to the emergency.
Upon my arrival at the hospital, they evaluated the wound, my vital signs was taken and an X-ray of my finger was ordered by the physician.
Result? Broken finger and a cut artery.
They also injected my hand a large dose of anesthesia just so they can clean my finger, squeeze out blood and apply medication to it. I was in too much pain that a light touch would send me squirming and twitching.
Since the doctor finds a fracture on the X-ray I was referred to an Orthopedic doctor to treat my fracture. But those guys in the emergency had my finger splinted and the doctor prescribed me pain medicine.
I was back to work after a day's rest. The company assign me a lighter job which allows me to work one-handed.