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Saturday, June 4, 2011

The Day He Almost Lost His Finger...

...Because of this guy right here!!
There is an awning on the side above the door that you can pull out to get some shade.
So my dad today thought it would be a good idea to pull it out and see how it works because we are going camping this month.
Well we get it out and everything is going just great...
.... Next thing we start to work on putting it back up for the night.
My dad and mom didn't realize how fast the spring in the awning would snap back in place...
...and the next thing we know my dad is screaming!
 His ring finger on his left hand got stuck in between 2 poles.
The kind of poles and one fits into the other, so there was no way of getting it out....
Unless we could re open them back up.
My mom and I didn't have any clue how to get the awning opened again and my dad being in a state of shock couldn't remember how so he couldn't tell us how to fix it...

My poor dad with his finger completely trapped, he says "I'm going to lose my finger....."
That is how stuck it was.
I am shaking and in shock myself I felt as if I was not helping I didn't know what to do.
I was trying to pull the poles apart while my mom worked with the levers trying to loosen something. We still had no luck.
After about 5 minutes (what it felt like not sure on how long it really was) my dad just yanked his finger out....
...We all thought when it came out that the tip of his ring finger would be gone!
Luck for him and us it was there but it was pinched flat.
I have never seen a finger so flat ever.
I was so scared and worried and queasy trying to keep a brave face I thought I was going to pass out!
My dad is such a trooper he just kept staring at his finger trying to finger out why is was not bleeding...
...He thought the tip of it was dead and that he still was going to lose it.
So my mom and I got some ice and helped him into the car and off to the InstaCare we went.
We weren't sure if they could handle it or if we would need to go to the ER.
Good thing they said they could help him.
They did and x-ray and the tip of the finger tip bone is crushed and broken and the finger nail has a hematoma underneath...
..Which means it will most likely fall off.
The skin is torn and bruised Very badly.
He is such a lucky guy it is going to heal perfectly!
It was so crazy to see how flat it was going into the InstaCare and seeing the finger go back to regular size as the time went on.

I am one very relived daughter and I know both my mom and dad are feeling the same way!
What a scary moment for us all...
Right after we got to the InstaCare.
Waiting for the Dr. for an x-ray.
Getting it all bandaged up!!
...I love you dad!!!