View Full Version : FIRST AID in the shop

02-20-2015, 12:48 PM
About 8 weeks ago I nicked my left fore-finger knuckle with a cutoff wheel. Then about 2 weeks ago I nicked my left thumb with a cutoff wheel (going to use a suction cup vice from now on instead of holding the work piece).
NOW the serious stuff!!
Not saying my current medical issue was caused by the cutoff wheel but maybe??
I have a very swollen left elbow which the doctor diagnosed as septic arthritis's.
Cause was/is from an infection in the joint maybe from cutoff wheel?? Doctor says possible.
And yes I never cleaned said injuries but going to from now on.
Going to play it safe and wait for 15 days until the antibiotics are done being pumped (have a catheter inserted into right arm that feeds antibiotics directly into the heart ) before doing any more welding on T bucket project. Just what I need is a spark to melt the plastic feeder line.
Cutting out seat parts (3/4" plywood)using a router.
Play it safe and clean and bandage all cuts.

02-20-2015, 01:13 PM
I use an unmounted standard 4" bench vice as per Brad , Its heavy and still portable and it make a good door stop when not in use .

The problems associated with metal working and woodworking can be varied and first aid should always be carried out quickly , I for one often go on after the " act " without cleaning it . yes its not a case of do as I do, but its common sense to clean up a would especially with us older persons who are also suffering from other age related problems and these silly accidents can cause secondary infections .

good sense to have a rest while the body heals itself ,

02-20-2015, 02:53 PM

Sounds nasty, sorry to hear you are suffering in this way.
So far I have avoided such injuries through a combination of good-luck and a practice of always wearing gauntlets.
My wife was a fully-qualified nurse with a specialisation in operating-theatre practice so I always get nagged about injuries (however minor I consider them).

Get well soon!

02-21-2015, 10:32 AM
Well the antibiotics must be working since the elbow does not hurt as much. LOML says I must stay out of the shop until the pic line and pump are removed in 13 days.