The details are hazy, partly because I didn't choose to press him for
more information. I'm not sure I want to visualize the accident any more
clearly than I already do.
He works doing maintenance in a large high school, large enough that
there's a dedicated shop in the basement. That shop apparently included
a table saw.
To hear him tell it, he was pushing a piece of wood through the saw when
the wood did something unexpected. He didn't use the word "kickback",
but it sounds as if it was the pressure that he was putting on the wood
that carried his hand forward into the blade after the wood flew off
He cut off some part of the tip of the ring finger on his non-favored
hand and got some nasty cuts on two other fingers. Those are expected to
I know that a couple of you are musicians, as am I. This friend is the
drummer I've been playing with for over twenty years. He says he expects
to be able to play again, and pretty soon. I hope he's right.
Although the injury was to his non-favored hand, he plays the drums
"backwards" (a lefty playing a right-handed kit). He was starting to
explain to me why it was still better that it happened to his right
hand, but I can't say I understood it.
We'll be using a sub drummer for a few gigs, a guy I actually know for
an even longer time, since I was a teen. I just wish it was for a
Let's be careful, OK?