Friday, July 12, 2013

ER Again!

Somehow when I hear a certain distinctive sound in Craig's voice as he yells out "Merikay", I know it means a bandaid or a trip to the ER.

This time it was a trip to the ER because he had cut his arm with our power cutoff saw as he was cutting new baseboard pieces for the bathroom.

He yelled, I responded and met him in the bathroom to apply a pressure bandage. I grabbed my purse and keys and we were off.

When we got to the top of our road we had a brief discussion as to whether to go to the urgent care center in Scotts Valley or the ER in Los Gatos. I had not really seen the extent of the cut, but it was a power tool and it was his wrist, so I opted for the ER. 

I dropped him off at the door and parked the car. By the time I got in they had already triaged him into the inner sanctum rather than the outer waiting room. He was quickly seen by a physician's assistant who seemed to cringe at the words "power saw" but after looking at the cut, told us Craig was very lucky. It didn't look deep, and by the way "could he still move all of his fingers?"

The bleeding had stopped, so we were then sent out to wait. And wait. And wait. 

I'm pretty cool about such waits. After all, it wasn't my arm. However, Craig got a bit grumpy. The PA walked by and Craig said "you were wrong". The PA asked what he meant and Craig replied "I'm not lucky. We came here!" The PA made a face and went away.

Finally, Craig was called to be stitched up, and I got a good look at the cut. It wasn't too deep. He was indeed very lucky.

I sure will be glad when this house fix-up is finished.


  1. Phew! So glad it was not as nasty as it might have been.

    Power tools can catch the most experienced of people.

    You must be very proud of the progress you have both made from the time you first began to discuss the RV lifestyle. Just as wel you didn't try to add up the hours and hours of work involved before you made the decision.

    Wishing Craig a speedy recovery.


  2. No one mentioned the PAIN !!!! Hope it is not too bad but a cut is a cut ..... Take a rest and hope it heals well ..... I know you will be thrilled to hit the road !!!!! Still enjoying your son's blog soooo much !!! Good luck to the patient and the nurse !!!

  3. Glad to hear it wasn't any worse than it was. I hope Craig is on the mend and can get back into home repairs (minus power tools?) very soon.

  4. I'm amazed that you reacted so calmly and got Craig to the right place (even if not in his opinion).

    He was indeed lucky. When I went to physical therapy after my wrist surgery, there was a guy who had a run-in with a power tool - it wasn't pretty.

  5. yikes, tell him he will need all those fingers in the RV world... glad he is okay

  6. Glad you are all back at home and Craig is OK with all limbs intact. That was a close one! Sometime, it just doesn't matter how careful you are, those freaky accidents happen!

    Hope you have a great weekend!

  7. Hope he was wearing clean underwear for his trip to the hospital! ;)

  8. think of it as a wake up call...kind of like in Az...good to see a rattlesnake every once in a while so we don't forget they are here...

  9. Glad it wasn't worse. Feel better Craig.

  10. Whew, scary title. Glad it wasn't so scary in the end. These things are like reminders to us to slow it down a little & pay attention. Or don't do things while tired or trying to hard? I sure am glad he's ok.

  11. Gosh, that was lucky - it could have been so worse. I'm glad he is okay, but if the cut required stitches, it was a pretty bad one.

    When I arrived in the ER, per my doctor's orders, to present myself for "emergency surgery," I still sat for about three hours in the waiting room. Then they took me in, did test, prepped me and operated at 1:00 in the morning. Amazing - they really need more people in the ERs.

  12. I'm glad he didn't hurt himself too badly, I hope he heals quickly.


  13. power tools scare me. I can barely stand to be around when Carm uses the chainsaw...

    Thank goodness he still has all his digits!


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