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Posted: 8/9/2005 3:39:08 PM EDT
He's a musician who plays the keyboard for a living too. He was camping this weekend with the family and somehow managed to cut it off with gloves on while putting the chain back on his quad. He's real depressed and keeps saying how his life is over, because of his career and his wife being disabled (MS), plus he has a daughter to support as well. I can't believe it. Even his right index finger and he's of course right handed.

I told him to stay positive simply because he didn't lose the whole finger. It could've been much worse.

Damn storms...time to log off I think.
Link Posted: 8/9/2005 5:26:15 PM EDT
I my college roommate did the same thing with a motorcycle.

He may be depressed now, but he should try playing once he's healed before giving up. After all Def Leppard has a one armed drummer.

Kent
Link Posted: 8/9/2005 5:28:03 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/9/2005 5:31:03 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Paul:
Quick go buy some Wendy's chilli





- DAMN YOU! Lightening fingers...I was just typing it in. You obviously have all of your hands intact.
Link Posted: 8/9/2005 5:33:49 PM EDT
Of course he is depressed now, but tell him to man up, keep his chin up, and be glad nothing worse happened.

He'd be surprised just what he will be able to accomplish with the tip of his finger missing. As soon as it's healed and he's had some therapy he needs to start playing instruments again.

Wallowing in his own sorrows will only seal his fate.

The tip of the finger will be hard and sensitive at times due to the scar tissue, and he will have phantom limb pains now and then, but on the whole if he licks his wounds (forgive the pun) and gets his life back on track he will be fine.
Link Posted: 8/9/2005 5:34:53 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/9/2005 5:38:05 PM EDT
How much of the tip of his finger is missing? Is the joint still there?

I'm thinking prosthetic tip, if he even needs that.

Jim
Link Posted: 8/9/2005 5:39:42 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/9/2005 5:42:25 PM EDT
what a pussy.

yeah, I'm sure it hurts and all, but it's not like he's crippled.

He should go visit a VA hospital and then STFU
Link Posted: 8/9/2005 5:50:51 PM EDT
Thanks for the replies everyone. He'll be fine in the end and play music as always I'm sure. It could've been much worse as stated. I just wanted to relay that it happened and how crazy things can go from fun to shit in seconds. He had to walk 2 miles back to camp just to get help. Not looking for sympathy or anything, just a reminder to be careful.

NoVaGator - Why be such a jerk? He works harder than anyone I know and has helped me do numerous things that eat up his time because he's a good person. His wife is disabled and unable to work because she has a rare from of MS, so he's the only money maker in the family. He also has a daughter to take care of.
Link Posted: 8/9/2005 5:54:39 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/9/2005 5:56:08 PM EDT by GabbasaurusRex]
EDIT: Wait, how much did he cut off?
Link Posted: 8/9/2005 5:58:27 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Misery:
Thanks for the replies everyone. He'll be fine in the end and play music as always I'm sure. It could've been much worse as stated. I just wanted to relay that it happened and how crazy things can go from fun to shit in seconds. He had to walk 2 miles back to camp just to get help. Not looking for sympathy or anything, just a reminder to be careful.

NoVaGator - Why be such a jerk? He works harder than anyone I know and has helped me do numerous things that eat up his time because he's a good person. His wife is disabled and unable to work because she has a rare from of MS, so he's the only money maker in the family. He also has a daughter to take care of.



Hey, I'm a photographer...I shattered the tip of my index finger....the one that presses the shutter release. I dealt with it and I do my job.

Yeah, it bites that it happened, but it's far from a "my life is over" material.

Sorry for the attitude
Link Posted: 8/9/2005 6:00:24 PM EDT
Man. At least he ain't dead. Get upset, get some help, then get over it.

Max
Link Posted: 8/9/2005 6:03:31 PM EDT
As far as I know, the entire distal phalanx.
Link Posted: 8/9/2005 6:11:58 PM EDT
Well, that does suck. All you can do is be supportive.

But I do agree with some other people here...

Some people are told they will never walk again, and they do.

There are lots and lots of musicians with missing fingers, all it takes is some practice to get around it. He still has a good portion of his finger left it sounds like, and it really could have been worse. If it really makes it impossible for him to return to work, tell him to look into having the tip of the finger replaced with a piece of his toe or something, or become a piano teacher.
Link Posted: 8/9/2005 6:15:22 PM EDT
If the guy's a musician he knows who Tony Iommi is and he may know who Django Reinhart was. Depending upon what style of music one likes, they are arguably two of the best guitar players that ever lived.

Iommi lost the tips of his left fingers in an industrial accident long before there was ever a Black Sabbath and Reinhart could only use two fingers on his left hand as he had been severely burned in a fire.

There's no reason a keyboard player can't overcome an injury like this.

Here's an interview where Tony Iommi tells how he dealt with his mangled digits:

Tony Iommi

and a short article on Django Reinhart:

Django
Link Posted: 8/9/2005 6:18:16 PM EDT
Yeah I sawed mine in half from the tip just past the first knuckle and I'm still playing my guitars. I still suck too but that's another story.
Link Posted: 8/9/2005 6:20:16 PM EDT
cut the other three so they even up. Problem solved.
Link Posted: 8/9/2005 6:24:08 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/9/2005 6:25:32 PM EDT by uglygun]
Hope he doesn't see that Dell commercial where they show the dude with 12 fingers. That will really depress him, here he's short changed a part of a digit and this dude on the Dell commercial has 6 fingers per hand...

Life can be so cruel.

But in all seriousness, losing a finger would suck. Especially one of my trigger fingers.

I could very seriously do without my pinky toes though, hate them fuckers.
Link Posted: 8/9/2005 6:29:15 PM EDT
high four!
Link Posted: 8/9/2005 6:32:53 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/9/2005 6:33:43 PM EDT by Winston_Wolf]
... Bro, sorry about your buddy's plight. seriously though, he'll work things out if he's a survivor (like the majority of us assholes on ARFCOM)

... However, on a lighter note, I present:

BLOODHOUND GANG

"Why's Everybody Always Pickin' On Me"

Why is everbody always pickin' on me?

The morn' that I was born my old man beat up the doctor
He clocked the doctor cause the doctor said I looked like Chewbacca
The doctor said sir you're misled sir which infers you mistook me
I did not mean your lovely wife was shackin' up with a wookie
What I mean is Wolverine is less hairy than your son
He's looks like Chewie Baba Booey Baba Booey and Hong Kong Phooey all in one
To put it mild your new-born child's completely nutty fu-fu lookin'
I'd shove him back into the oven until he is done cookin'
But why's everbody always pickin' on me?
Cause my fifteen year-old cousin has less acne
But why's everbody always pickin' on me?
Ain't brushed them teeth since 1983
But why's everbody always pickin' on me?
Cause you got the grooming habits of a chimpanzee
But why's everbody always pickin' on me?
Cause you're white but you got a nose like Bill Cosby
Why's everbody always pickin' on me?
Always pickin' and rippin' apart poor ol' Jimmy Pop Ali
I got a schnoz like the 'Cos' but there's a lot more wrong with you
So back me up Bill yea and you're ugly too
So what if I brush my teeth with a piece of cheddar cheese
Or where a fish net shirt by Chams with my Sergio Valenti jeans
And my mirror never lies but it always verifies
I got more cheese and pepperoni than a homemade pizza pie
You compare me to a Monchichi but I don't understand
Why I'm scorned like I'm deformed like the Elephant Man
And yea I took my mom to the prom but hey she asked me first
But at least this time I didn't find my date in the back of a hearse
About as popular with the girls with Englebert Humperdink
And that might be 'cause everybody calls me Shrinky Dink
I know I'm known as Polaroid I'm not a total retard
It's cause I'm done in sixty seconds and you'll still want it enlarged
But why's everbody always pickin' on me?
Cause ya wore velour flares until the late Eighties
But why's everbody always pickin' on me?
Cause you run like a girl and sit down to pee
But why's everbody always pickin' on me?
Cause your only school chum was the lunch lady
But why's everbody always pickin' on me?
You took your mom to the prom but still got lucky
Like that episode where Gilligan gets sick of being teased
And he breaks into the Professor's lab and makes some LSD
Peaks freaks and eats the Skipper's brains then beats Ginger with coconuts
As Mr. Howell and Lovey burn alive inside their grass hut
Oh he'll kill again that Gilligan they he should of let him be
And like a postal clerk I'll go beserk if you don't stop teasing me
See the trick is only pick on those that can't do you no harm
Like The drummer from Def Leppard’s only got one arm
The drummer from Def Leppard’s only got one arm
The drummer from Def Leppard’s only got one arm
The drummer from Def Leppard’s only got one arm
The drummer from Def Leppard’s only got one arm
The drummer from Def Leppard’s only got one arm
The drummer from Def Leppard’s only got one arm
The drummer from Def Leppard’s only got one arm
The drummer from Def Leppard’s only got one arm
But why's everbody always pickin' on me?
Cause my fifteen year-old cousin has less acne
But why's everbody always pickin' on me?
Ain't brushed them teeth since 1983
But why's everbody always pickin' on me?
Cause you got the grooming habits of a chimpanzee
But why's everbody always pickin' on me?
Cause you're white but you got a nose like Bill Cosby
But why's everbody always pickin' on me?
Cause ya wore velour flares until the late Eighties
But why's everbody always pickin' on me?
Cause you run like a girl and sit down to pee
But why's everbody always pickin' on me?
Cause your only school chum was the lunch lady
But why's everbody always pickin' on me?
Cause no one likes you monkey boy.


Link Posted: 8/9/2005 8:51:36 PM EDT
Yeah, that song is funny. I need to send him the lyrics after he gets better. Yeah, I told him not to get down and all. I also said he knows he'll play again, just think about all the people that adapt to things like this. I tell it like it is with most people.

He's just had a string of bad luck lately too, so you know how it is. One place he cancelled a job told him "We don't understand why you can't just come here and play some music on CD or whatever?" Idiots.
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