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Old 10-06-2020, 11:49 AM
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Default Re: Table Saw ate the tip of my thumb off

Almost 2 months ago I did something stupid.

Paid a (hopefully) final visit to the hand surgeon and he said itís healing well.

I have nerve damage, it will probably take 4 more months for that to heal to whatever point it is healed. Heís optimistic I wonít have too much trouble with it tingling/hyper-sensitivity after that point.

The wound is still not 100% healed over, the scar tissue along the edge of my newly shortened thumbnail is very thin and the slightest impact to that spot is, shall we say, unpleasant. Itís just going to take a couple more months for that thin layer of scar tissue to thicken up. If I donít keep it bandaged and wrapped it feels like the end of my thumb is going to rip along the edge of my thumbnail.... of course it wonít but it feels like that.

My thumb is swollen and he suggests that may start to shrink back towards normal in another month or so.

And then there is the nail. It is raised at the cuticle. They donít know why. There are 2 theories. Either itís due to the swelling or a new nail is pushing up and growing out from below. Either way itís not a big concern but it looks a bit odd.

I have retained most of my ability to move what is left if my thumb, so thatís a good thing.

So 3-4 more months of healing, but the majority of the real wound healing is over. Canít say I recommend sticking your thumb into a saw blade. And I still donít quite know how/why I did it. This is my left thumb. Blade was on my right side. I was pushing the wood with my right hand. What possessed me to reach across and do this I will probably never recall. I know I was exhausted and rushing to get things done. That state of mind likely is to blame.
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Default Re: Table Saw ate the tip of my thumb off

Glad to hear!! In future a push stick, even a home made one, will help avoid this. I have a plastic one that has had some light encounters with my radial saw blade.
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Default Re: Table Saw ate the tip of my thumb off

One must keep in mind that table saws, like many tools, will eat whatever you place near their teeth. They have no remorse. I find it unfortunate, that inanimate objects do not themselves feel any pain.
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Default Re: Table Saw ate the tip of my thumb off

I'm glad that it's healing but it's going to be a long recovery time.

In my last post on this thread I mentioned that I ran the middle finger of my left hand in to a band saw. Like you I was tired and in a hurry and have no idea how it happened other than I got distracted. The thing that did stick in my mind, even with blood spewing everywhere, was how white and shiny the bone was. It's strange how your mind works at a time like that.
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https://www.popularmechanics.com/hom...sch-reaxx-saw/a few years ago they had a tablesaw that would abruptly stop when in contact with flesh.
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q...tail&FORM=VIRE
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Glad to hear!! In future a push stick, even a home made one, will help avoid this. I have a plastic one that has had some light encounters with my radial saw blade.
I use push sticks all the time. Probably was using one at the time of the accident.

But this was my left hand, and the blade was on my right side, and I reached across my body. I still donít know why. My left hand should have never been near the blade!

I was cutting an 8Ē strip of particle board to make 8Ē squares. There was no reason for my left hand to be near that blade that I can reasonably conjure.
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