My Chainsaw Injury



My Chainsaw Injury

Originally uploaded by Allen Gathman.


I’ve owned a chainsaw of some sort for over 30 years, and today I finally managed to injure myself with one. I was cutting trees to clear them away from our power lines, and the saw kicked back and straight into my kneecap. I could feel it hit bone, which really isn’t a good feeling.

I have to say that my first thought was “Damn! There goes any chance of biking this weekend!”

I carried the chainsaw back up the hill, put it on the little table outside the utility room (I actually forgot that I’d done this until we got back from the hospital), went inside, told Robin that I’d cut myself with the chainsaw and needed a ride to the hospital, and went to the bathroom. There I took off my coveralls, used the shower to wash the wound, and took a quick shower while I was at it. Robin brought me my first aid kit from my bike pannier, and I put on Neosporin and bandaged it. Then Robin got me some clothes and drove me to the hospital.

It was surprisingly quick.

Nurse Becky cleaned the wound while we chatted about her daughter who goes to Jackson High and is trying to decide on a career:
Nurse Becky
She seemed very amused that I was taking Iphone pics to upload.

The ER doctor, Dr. Haddox, came in and had me get an X-ray; she seemed a bit sheepish about telling me I was “lucky”, but in fact I was, as there was no damage to the joint itself — just a flesh wound. She sewed it up.

Getting stitches

Now I’m home, with the leg immobilized for 2-3 days, and the stitches come out in 7-10 days. No World Naked Bike Ride for me tonight, and no 112-mile ride tomorrow. Sigh.

One Response to “My Chainsaw Injury”

  1. Travis says:

    Sorry about your leg and missing your rides. Glad it wasn’t more serious, though. Take care.

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