Dave’s hand update

So Dave saw the plastic surgeon today. He got a glimpse of his hand as they unwrapped it and had a look at how things are healing.

Good News=  He will get to keep all his fingers.
                         Because he was injured on the job, he will get Worker’s Compensation
Bad News= They are much worse then we realised, he has 6 pins in the knuckles of his middle and ring fingers.  The pins won’t come out for at least 6 weeks, and then we are looking at 4 more weeks until the cast  can be completely removed.  They told him he could be off work for 6 months and then only back on limited duties due to resticted range of motion.

Workers compensation is only going to give him $800 a month, 1/4 his actual wages. There is no way we can live off that so we are going to have to find a way to earn some more cash while he is off. Maybe I will have to get a second part time job, we will see.

Anyhow, here is the evil broken hand.


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β€œLife is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” β€” Albert Einstein. When it feels like your world has been shattered, and you have reached rock bottom, you must make a choice: Stay where you are and fade away, or keep moving forward. Thankfully I chose to move forward and was blessed with the two most wonderful children after the death of my first in early labor. Things are looking up.

Posted on December 18, 2008, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. AATLY
    What was happening Dec. 21/07? We haven’t heard an update (backdate?) in a while… I’ve been wondering.
    If it isn’t too personal to ask… Is it harder to get through his death month as u thought it would be? or is it as painful as u believed it would be. I have been wondering how I’ll get through this next year.
    You’ve had a lot to deal with since his death. *see above photo* How do you get through the days, when things like this keep happening to you? I feel like giving up now. Yet, somehow you are going through the same kind of thing and worse, and surviving. and you have a husband who cuts off his fingers to deal with. Where does it come from? how are you surviving?

    • Re: AATLY
      Good question-about the ATTLY. I got so caught up with my family life and Dave’s injury, plus it got so super busy at work that I just fell behind. Allow me to update today πŸ™‚ Thank you for asking.
      I was finding it really hard-but I know about Systematic Desentization. That is that the more you are exposed to something that terrifies you/causes you much pain and anxiety, the less it hurts somehow. So that being said, first snowfall was horrifying, recalling this time last year and how I felt, then second snowfall hurt a bit less, third snowfall was even better. Each time something horrible happens, I cry, I breakdown and I am sad, and then I move on. So now I am in a place of moving on, taking it one day at a time and doing what I have to. I don’t know how December 24th will feel but I am sure it will hard, then it will pass and I will reflect and get back to my life. I have to. That is how we survive such horrifing things, because we have no choice. People are somehow amazingly resilient when they have to be.
      Thanks for checking in πŸ™‚

  2. what about his index finger? Is it just bent in this picture?
    Sorry you have to go through this. 😦

    • Index is not bent. It’s gone. That is the part of his fingers they could not save. The ring finger is permanantly bent in that possition for 6 weeks at least, until they take the pins out and then rebreak it and set it straight. The ring finger has no knuckle at all and will not be able to bend again only at the hand joint and first knuckle, middle knuckle is gone.

  3. eeeeep poor guy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Just saw the photo of his hand. Poor guy 😦 😦 😦 😦

  5. Oy, I was just talking with John about Dave’s hand, we were wondering how his fingers were doing. I’m so glad he’s going to keep them – that is SUCH a good omen!!!
    I’m so sorry about all the financial struggles. Something will work itself out – 2009 is all about redeeming 2008. We all must remember this!!!!!!

    • Ya I sure hope so. I sure do hope so.
      1 of 2 things is going to happen in 2009, we will get a break or I will get locked up with people who have mental health breakdowns πŸ™‚
      Let’s hope it’s the first.

  6. Wow.

  7. i am glad he can keep his fingers, i am sorry you all had t go through this 😦

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