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    I had been waiting for this trip all year, family friends boat loads of people all season with good catches. Still did not have enough ling cod or salmon in the freezer. A trip for myself, had looked at the charts for likely off the beaten path hot spots, the Osprey is a lot of boat to handle and you need to know what you are doing, trailering, at the ramp, in the harbor and out on the ocean.

    After I launched on the 15th at about 2:00 pm I was idling out of the harbor, about ready to turn right and head for the bouy markers when I decided to close the "Dimond Sea Glaze' door at the back of the cabin. I was at idle and ran back grabed the door form the outside, gave it a shot and then felt an electric shock go up my right arm ... I had grabed the frame of the door and my right thumb was between the door and the frame. After the shock I looked down and saw the wound of my thumb 2/3 severed, the inside of the bone and socket looking back at me. It was not bleeding yet. Ran up front and an put the boat in nuetral and moved to the side to let others pass. Look down and realized that I needed to take care of the thumb, grabbed a towell and wrapped it arround the severed digit and put it back inplace. Luckly, I could hold the towel and thumb in place with the hand that was left in tact. Idled back to the dock (an ertinity, kind of in shock) Got to the dock and landed, tied the boat to the dock with one hand .... put all the easy to to take stuff in the cabin locked it and went up the ramp to get to the hospital. A gal at the harbor launch area was getting off work and was walking away and I told her that I think I cut off my thumb could you please give me the number of the cab company, she looked at funny ... thought a about it an then gave me a number ... turned and walked away. Seward hospital did a tempoary job of starting IV antibiotics and puting a couple of stiches and a pressure bandage and sent me on my way .... Walked back loaded the boat on the trailer, drove back to Eagle River took care of business ... and had surgery the next day. Have been doing Hyperbaratic sessions, twice a day, for the last five days trying to save the thumb ... so far so good.


    Need a team to head out into the ocean, complicated ... lots of tasks and it all needs to go right ... it can really "bite you in the #ss or some place else if you do not have help .....


    Ouch

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    A definitely big "Ouch"! Which harbor were you at - Seward, Whittier, etc? Sheesh, if you had come up to me with a half severed thumb, I would've took you to the hospital myself or at least stayed with you and called 911. I wouldn't have turned & walked away. Good news that it's healing great.

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    I was in Seward ....

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    Holy cow! Best wishes to you for a full recovery. How quickly things can go wrong on a boat, and for the strangest reasons...

    I got a black rockfish spine through the nail (not under; through) of my middle finger, up under my cuticle on a trip out of Homer a few years back. These things have a neuro-toxin and hurt like nothing else. Had to bring the boat back to the harbor (luckily had friends who could drive & dock it) then head to the ER for emergency removal of offending spine. Nothing like a near-separation of flesh and bone, though!

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    Wow that sucks, I hope everything works out well with your thumb!

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    Unwrapped the thumb today after two weeks and sofar ... I get to keep the sucker!

    Think it was the Hyperbaric therapy, not at all cheap ... 60K thumb. I do not recoment OPA, the people that put it back together 25 hours after it happened, had to take matters into my own hands ... so to speak ... haha

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    ocnfish,
    That sounds brutal! Have you figured out what caused this? Maybe you can save someone else some trouble down the line.

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    Great news! I hope you keep making progress. We had a kid in my unit during tech school that tried to grease his motorcycle chain with it on the center stand...running....in gear... Turns out that a sprocket will remove a thumb in short order. Needless to say he didn't have a hyperbaric chamber but they did try some leaches.... he has trouble hitchhiking now...

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    Dang Billy boy you should have just lopped it off and used it for bait Just kidding! Good to hear you can keep the thumb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LuJon View Post
    .... he has trouble hitchhiking now...
    Am guessing that he starts out hitchhiking and always ends up right back where he started.

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    They can do more these days with this kind of situation, but medicine is kind of broken up into speciality areas. The orthepedic surgeon is not a wound management specialist. The orthopod does their thing and turns you loose. Wound management (by me!) includes nutrition, hyperbaric, amino acids, and exercise.

    BTW ... Jimmy ... remember Amy Bloan, worked for Lisa Hunt ... she has the billing under control ...

    Got a 2009 C6, Z51, 3LT vette, dual mode exhaust, & 436 hp. cyber grey, 12,000 mi, on ramp insanity, slow down from 100 mph to merge with traffic ... poor substitute for a run to Montague in the Osprey ... but oh well ...

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    Amy b hmmm kind remember her. The old man let's me take out the 2011 stang once in while 5,0 pushing 420 hp that thing hauls the mail. Picked up a 5 th wheel this summer I got sick of tenting it
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