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Spend the day and night in the ER

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by BobbyS, Feb 14, 2018.

  1. BobbyS

    BobbyS Strat-Talker

    Dec 11, 2011
    Los Lunas, NM
    spent the day and night in the er after amputating about 1/2 inch off of my right thumb tip, into the bone. yup, i'm right handed. this will play hell with my guitar playing. needless to say i am really bummed.
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  2. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh needs you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 10, 2014
    Initech, Inc.

    What happened? Were they able to reattach?
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  3. Dadocaster

    Dadocaster Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sorry to hear it. A few years ago I beveled my right index fingertip with a table saw. It's pointier than the other fingers. I also had the open fracture and stuff had to have it all reconstructed. I lost the fat pad on the tip so sometimes when I play bass I wrap with medical tape.

    My guess is you will find a way to play.
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  4. BobbyS

    BobbyS Strat-Talker

    Dec 11, 2011
    Los Lunas, NM
    no, there was nothing to reattach
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  5. Polarbear

    Polarbear Don Poleone Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 18, 2011
    St Leonards, UK
    Man that sucks a hell of a lot, have you thought about how you'll adapt?
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  6. BobbyS

    BobbyS Strat-Talker

    Dec 11, 2011
    Los Lunas, NM
    no, not yet. i am sure there is surgery in the future for me. one of the biggest things i think will be nerve damage and the loss of feeling
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  7. hornpiper

    hornpiper Senior Stratmaster

    Apr 23, 2014
    Portland, OR
    Man, I am really, really sorry to hear it. It's really early, but please don't give up hope yet. Some great players were able to overcome the loss of parts of fingers, or the loss of whole fingers, thru determination, practice and willpower. You might be able to Eventually as well, and it might not be so hard after working at it a bit.Think Django Reinhardt, Tony Iommi, Jerry Garcia, and I'm sure there has to be quite a few lesser known players around the world who were successful at overcoming some physical limitations. Rick Allen of Def Leppard figured out how to play drums using his one arm, Jeff Healey figured out how to play badass guitar blind, and laying in his lap. Keep in touch on your recovery, a lot of people on here are caring, and can help with ideas.

  8. Dadocaster

    Dadocaster Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    You got that right. Still, I put money on you figuring it out. If I did, you will.
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  9. rudos1

    rudos1 Senior Stratmaster

    Aug 16, 2013
    Damn that is awful I hope you heal up well.... :(
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  10. 8T_BoCO

    8T_BoCO Aspiring Stratospheric Stratitician Strat-Talk Supporter

    Mar 2, 2016
    Sorry to hear.
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  11. Bodean

    Bodean Rock N Roll Ain't Noise Pollution Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 23, 2014
    South Carolina
    That's a tough deal. Tony Iommi found a way, so will you.:thumb:

  12. Swingbass

    Swingbass Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 21, 2011
    Nature Coast Florida
    Best of wishes for your recovery. Maybe a thumb pick will help.

  13. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

    Nov 14, 2013
    Sorry to hear about your accident, I know how you feel.

    About 25 years ago I had the tip of my right middle finger (about a half inch) smashed off. The most painful thing I have ever experienced. They were able to reattach it, but I lost the tip of the bone, and it took at least a year to regain full dexterity in that hand.
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  14. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 17, 2017
    That sucks Bobby, so sorry to hear that.....
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  15. nuculer terrist

    nuculer terrist Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 12, 2014
    center of the mind
    Terrible. As mentioned, a thumb pick might get you on the road to success
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  16. newplayeroldguy

    newplayeroldguy in the wind

    May 12, 2015
    north and east
    ouch- sorry Bobby

    heal up fast
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  17. tery

    tery Most Honored Senior Member

    Jul 31, 2014
    Oh man I cannot even imagine ... Don't stress about the future until you get there .
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  18. johnnymg

    johnnymg Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 5, 2015
    Central Coast Ca
    VERY sorry to hear that news. Hope you get the help you need.

    Any lessons learned you can share?
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  19. altar

    altar Strat-Talker

    Oct 4, 2016
    That's awful to hear, hopefully you will have a speedy recovery.

  20. abnormaltoy

    abnormaltoy BushBaby Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 28, 2013
    So...this is your picking hand? If so, you're lucky, although it might not seem like it.

    God speed your recovery.