Posted: 12/05/2015 at 11:56
WARNING! do not read this if you are of a squeamish disposition.
Minos, hope your recovery is not too lengthy or frustrating.
What a sorry litany of misery, pain and embarrassment.
My worst gardening accident happened last spring, when I was shredding some shrub prunings and obviously wasn't concentrating on what I was doing. I was resting a hand on the outside edge of the plastic hopper of the shredder when a particularly inflexible branch that was shaped a bit like a walking stick came down on the third finger of my right hand and rubbed/pulled the fingertip pad away from the fingernail until it was connected only by the skin at the first joint, then neatly folded the nail in half.
Thought I was going to lose the end of the finger, but surgeon managed to save it (including nail). Several months of physio left me with a working finger (if a little stiff and with permanent pins and needles). End of finger looks as though it has been in a pencil sharpener. Fortunately, I'm left-handed.
I was back out in the garden within a couple of days, my right hand heavily bandaged and encased in a plastic bag to keep it clean.
No fool like an old one.