What we are doing:

In what spare time we have, we decided to spend it (and our savings) on remodeling our rowhouse in South Philly. When we purchased our casa it was a 3 story, 5 bedroom, 1 bath that hadn't been touched in 50+ years. It's currently a 4 bed, 2 bath construction site with so much more to do it's hard to believe.

We use this blog to mark progress, say hi to friends and family, rant about the process of remodeling, and try to have some fun along the way.

- Bryan and Christina

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Blood, Sweat, and Tears

First off your friendly blogger has been sidelined due to a run-in with a not so friendly chop saw, so you are stuck with me at least for a bit. NOTE TO PARENTS: We are back from the ER with all the appropriate fingers, tendons, and critical parts; just minus a little blood. Actually all the people that saw Bryan said that he was quite lucky and should be just fine in 7-10 days when the 8 stitches come out. Now for the gory details.....

I was downstairs poking around on Angie's List just about to put a nasty rating up for a our long gone contractor when I hear Bryan running down the stairs and he yells, "Its time to go, get the keys!" Immediately realizing what this means and in a bit of a panic I grab the important things: car keys, Bryan's wallet with his insurance card and manage to get flip-flops instead of slippers on my feet just as he meets me at the bottom of the 2 flights of stairs he has come down. Off we go! At least I was somewhat clean and dressed, which is negotiable on a sunday afternoon.....

In the car he begins to explain that he didn't chop his hand off, but instead had just finished a cut with the chop saw and as the blade was beginning to slow down he reached to move the moulding cap a bit to early and scraped his hand across the still slightly spinning blade. Now another NOTE FOR PARENTS: He can move all his fingers with no tendon damage, and nothing was cut off. He did manage to turn the web between his thumb and first finger a bit closer to hamburger, but the doctor was able to stitch it up nicely.

Now Bryan has a recent tetanus shot, eventually a scar to show his hard work, and a healthy fear of all moving metal saw blades. This last picture shows the beginnings of the base cap mouldings that he was working on before "the incident", everyone should comment on how great they look, and how impressive it is that he has actually now shed blood for the project. I think he wins on the blood and sweat portions of this game, and I still win on the tears portion.

4 comments:

C&C said...

OUCH! Hope the hand gets better soon. I have to say, the "NOTE TO PARENTS" parts cracked me up though! Best wishes!

Todd said...

VERY lucky indeed! Chop saws and table saws are incredibly dangerous. Glad to hear you're ok. I hope your post will make others think really hard when they are using power tools.

BTW...great site!

Anonymous said...

Sounds pretty scary. Now you'll have a story to rival Uncle Kent's MCL cafeteria glass/cup separation case when he ripped apart the tendon between his thumb and first finger. I, too, loved the NOTE TO PARENTS part! Good thinking, C.
And, B. thanks for the tips on moulding in your last post. Joe's trying to finish our bathroom and the cuts for the moulding are driving him nuts!
Love to you both, Aunt Marilyn

The Speaker of the House said...

House is looking great and I'm excited to have another reader... especially one in PHILLY! I promise I'll get back to actually posting about housework soon so that you have equally gripping tales to read. My wife just got me a new mitre saw so expect a similar story from us soon...