For those of you who don't know we have a joinery company that manufactures windows, doors
staircases etc. My brother in law Nick, the third partner in the firm cut part of this thumb off last night just before closing. He came into our office where Phillip and I work at great speed with a weird grin on his face and then calmly said he had chopped his thumb off, opened his hand and there is was. I knew we had to get the piece into some ice but not directly in ice, so we took him downstairs and sat him down and got the thumb sorted out. I called 999 and the lady on the end of the phone was great, by this time Nick had passed out and we had to get him on the floor. She was brilliant, she asked me loads of questions and calmed me down - you can imagine it was a bit shocking. The paramedic came and was impressed that Phillip has bandaged it up and had him on the floor with his arm up and that the piece had been wrapped up, he blue lighted him down to Poole hospital. Once he was morphined up and examined they decided that they would stand a better chance at Odstock at Salisbury so he went up there.
They said to Nick that it would be a 4-6 hour op, a week in hospital and 6 weeks recovery - and no guarantee or they could operate tomorrow and use the skin off the sawn off bit to graft it on to the end - he took the second option.
It was very shocking, both Phillip and I were in shock last night and couldn't eat anything and both up at 5.00 this morning after a very restless night - still feel very upset this morning, particularly when we got the call to say they were not sewing it back on... we had done all we could with the thumb piece and they said we could not have done anymore. Poor Nick.
So it's a real Friday the 13th today for us.
I have been to the ambulance station today with a thank you card and chocolates for the paramedic who was fantastic and I have the address to write to thank the lady who helped me on the phone - you just don't realise what a great help and how calming and reassuring these people are until you are on the other end of a phone panicing.
Take care all - you just never know what is round the corner.
PS Just for reference IF someone chops something off, you need to put it in a clean clear plastic bag then put that bag into ice IMMEDIATELY, then wrap it tightly in a towel. If you want to save the limb you have act straight away!