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Hitched a ride in an ambulance today....

Not bike related though....


I have used my Snap-On air powered side grinder almost daily for over 20 years with never a problem. It spins around 23,000 rpm and cuts metal pretty quick. I have heard of the disks shattering so I am always careful to protect it from being dropped, and replace the disks regularly.... Today I had some free time and am working on a secret project that involves the rear bumper on my Jeep, and a hydraulic lift for my KTM.... I head a funny noise, and felt a tug on my arm.....








Pulled off my safety glasses and blood was shooting from my left arm near the wrist.... Since i was at the shop alone, I made a beee line for the phone and dialed 911..... Ripped the USB cord from the printer for a tourniquet and was able to stop the bleeding.... Ambulance was in my parking lot in less than 2 minutes...


Looks like I will be using a different grinder to finish the project...

Gory pic for those that like that sort of thing....... Yeah I know... just a flesh wound... It will buff right out.

http://bswartz.net/images/PIC-0038.jpg here it is after the doc washed it out
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Old 09-22-2007, 04:33 PM
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I looked... Ahhhhhhhh!

I'm glad you were able to take care of yourself Bill. That could have turned really ugly. Fast thinking.
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Damn bro, that looks a little rare for my taste. Glad to hear you had glasses on. How many stitches?

If you need anything let me know.
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Wow, that's nasty, Bill! I could see one passing out from the shock. Will there be any issues with nerves or tendons?

Get well, buddy!
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Thanks guys,
Steve,
Cute nurse had me play handsies with her squeezing and opening, and asked if i had feeling everywhere... Doc made me do some grip exercises and wrist motion stuff... All still appears to be working... I am betting squeezing the clutch would be painful in the morning... I plan to lay around tomorrow, wife is being quite sympathetic..
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That is just a flesh wound. Count your blessings!!!
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Glad to hear all the important parts are still in working order...that was a close shave for sure. Lord please help Bill heal up so that he can run his Business, take care of his Family...and ride with us at Falling Leaf.
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Bill,
i'm impressed, that almost went to the bone, your very lucky my friend. How many staples did it take to close. BTW please be careful you only have nine lives.
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Bill... Glad and thankful for the speedy response, that all will be OK.
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Where are the smelling salts...yuck......glad to hear you are ok...

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Thanks so much for the encouraging remarks fellows... Local friends have been dropping by and bringing candy too... Makes a bad situation much easier to deal with.


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i'm impressed, that almost went to the bone, your very lucky my friend. How many staples did it take to close. BTW please be careful you only have nine lives.
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I didn't get any staples... just a bunch of sewing.... I exceeded "9" many many years ago Jeff.... Guess there is still something left for me to do here on earth yet... Trying Hydrocodone for the first time is one thing new I am enjoying ...
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Damn Bill. Hope you heal without any problems.

Now go enjoy your drugs and let us know if you need anything.
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good to here you made it through.

i remember as a 5 yr old when my dad came in form the garage with his arm sliced open, he was cutting on a piece of wood and the utility knife slipped...

i don't need to see your pictures

God bless
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Glad to hear that you are going to be okay and in good spirits!
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...those pictures always works well on a empty stomach... (Sunday morning ; before breakfast)

...a friend of mine had the same kind of thing ; only a bit higher...
...he now has a 'double' nose... (not kidding)
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Damn, that's a nasty wound. Makes me look a lot different at some tools in the shed. Hope you have a speedy recovery.
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Thanks so much for the encouraging remarks fellows... Local friends have been dropping by and bringing candy too... Makes a bad situation much easier to deal with.




I didn't get any staples... just a bunch of sewing.... I exceeded "9" many many years ago Jeff.... Guess there is still something left for me to do here on earth yet... Trying Hydrocodone for the first time is one thing new I am enjoying ...
Bill , Glad your alright.
If your liking your pain medicine, maybe you should try extra strength advil , probably will achieve close to the same results. You'll probably be better for it in the long run. Golden Seal sav will also speed up the healing process on the wound.
Yes I am a witch doctor. Hope to see you soon.
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Sacred feces William thats nasty!!!! Glad thats the extent of it buddy

Kinda makes you glad that you always wear pants around the shop..don't it?

Get some rest pal.
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Nasty Bill. Take care of that, and keep the motion full while it heals up.
I'm telling you, the workshop is way more dangerous that riding or racing motorcycles.
Be careful.
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