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Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by Michelle_Nelson, Mar 23, 2014.

  1. Michelle_Nelson

    Michelle_Nelson Bring on the Bears!

    Tried to cut my thumb off last night but luckily the bone stopped it. Was just finishing up and went to wipe the knife off with a paper towel. Got in a hurry and didn't realize the cutting edge was up.

    I felt something give in the thumb. Kinda like a rubber band had been cut. Had to have been the nerve because with in seconds the top half of my thumb had no feeling. :eek:

    I cut myself right were the thumb bends so they put me in a make shift splint thing so I can't bend it for the next 2 weeks. :bash:

    It was interesting pulling the glove off at the ER because 80% of the blood was under the glove.

  2. Michelle_Nelson

    Michelle_Nelson Bring on the Bears!

    Couldn't get all the stitches in the pic.


  3. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

    Ouch, I bet you are thinking you could have done a better job sewing that up. Good thing it is in a wrinkle, that way the seam won't show. ;) Wish you well and a speedy recovery.
  4. rnviper3

    rnviper3 New Member

    That don't look like fun. Heal quick.
  5. Ouch! Cut my pointer finger to bone last summer. Lost a lot of mobility - made it tricky to airbrush for awhile. Once it heals, be sure to work on bending/flexing it to get mobility back.

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  6. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I stuck a knife into the joint of my thumb while skinning out a deer. The cut and trip to the ER was nothing compared to fact it was years before I could get full use. If you cut your little finger, oh well. You cut your thumb or index finger and suddenly you have a major obstacle you have to work around. Hopefully it heals quick and properly. Nerve damage is usually permanent so I hope you don't have nerve damage. I have nerve damage in my right index finger. Airbrushing is an almost excruciating ordeal.
  7. JerseyJays

    JerseyJays Well-Known Member

    That sucks! Hope you heal fast.

    I did mine in a few season back on a bandsaw with a meat/bone blade on it... Offset teeth and all...
    I got my stitches in, came home to a deer half done, figured best I finish it lol... Put a rubber glove over the bad hand and mounted a deer with 1 hand! Hardest part was setting that left eye clay work with my right hand.

  8. Damm Jay! And I thought I was the only one stupid enough to get bit by the bandbonesaw. ;D
    Hope you heal quickly Michelle!

  9. Michelle_Nelson

    Michelle_Nelson Bring on the Bears!

    I got home from the ER at 4 am ish. Next day I had 2 deer capes to split, turn, salt. Plus another 5 capes I had to change the salt on.

    In 2009 I stabbed myself in the stomach. No vitals hit. Got 3 staples. Came home ate something and finnished splitting, fleshing, salting a cape.

    In 2012 I fell on an Elk rack and put a tine in my leg far enough to make a 1 1/4" hole. Got 5 stitches.

    Now the thumb.
  10. JerseyJays

    JerseyJays Well-Known Member

    Hahaha looks like we both pulled away just in time to save out finger! Amazing how similar they are!

    Be careful! I couldn't imagine a tone going in my leg, ouch!
  11. Lone Wolf AK

    Lone Wolf AK Lone Wolf Taxidermy and Wildlife Artistry

    Hope you heal completely. I also hope you don't have any damage to the flexor tendon or its sheath -- that would prevent you from using your thumb to grasp anything. I hope the ER checked for "function" and didn't just stitch up the skin.

    I severed the flexor tendons on my left index and middle fingers years ago, and was lucky to have a hand surgeon nearby that was able to reattach the tendons. It took a long tome to regain 90% of function, and about 70% feeling/circulation.

    Get better soon, and make sure your thumb healing takes precedence over your pending taxidermy projects -- that's what freezers are for :).
  12. Michelle_Nelson

    Michelle_Nelson Bring on the Bears!

    I wish I had the luxury. I'm sitting on a 2 - 2.5 year turn around as a result of a tannery change back in the fall 2010. I want to be back to a 15 month turn around by August. No later that the end of the year. I can't quit working. Though I won't be taking on to many major projects for at lest the next couple weeks. I've really only got the use of one hand.
  13. brayden

    brayden New Member

    also hoping for a quick recovery!!! heres a good one for you!!!!went in my my shop late in the evening last year on my birthday to take something out of the freezer and tripped on a set of elk antlers!!!! fell backwards on them , and punctured my scrodum,,, screamed like a girl,, stupid huh!!! happy birthday to me.. chose not to post pictures GET WELL SOON
  14. John L

    John L Active Member

    I recently talked to one of the local guys and he said he stabbed himself twice last year all the way to the handle on one of those small victrinox knives. Went to ER and luckily no internal damage.
  15. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

    Some folks should really look at their methods. 2 times in one year, same thing. Huh?
  16. Major

    Major New Mexico.....Not much different than the old one

    Here's due to a Dakota pro. That wasn't fun. At all.

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  17. Artie mags

    Artie mags New Member

    I got ya all beat sorry

  18. Michelle_Nelson

    Michelle_Nelson Bring on the Bears!

    What the. . . . ? Yeah I would say so.
  19. DZach

    DZach Member


    I went to the ER saturday night, after sticking a scalpule an inch into my right forearm. No stitches, but boy did that swell up!
  20. buckmasters243

    buckmasters243 Active Member

    Wow I hope I never have to deal with any injuries you guys get.The worst I've had was poking my finger with a scalpel