Thanks All, for the support.
I almost didn't post of this incident, but decided it may be an element for
giving you a heads up regarding your shop's safety, precautions and concer
ns, even for the most extreme of circumstance. In cases as this, most folk
s are at a loss for words and actions, hence, to some extent, is an aspect
of trauma induced shock, even for bystanders.
The trauma, itself, at the time, didn't affect me, having 27 yrs of orthope
dic experience. In this profession, one learns to desensitize oneself, in
order to keep a cool head, i.e., not be affected by "bystander shock", as m
orbid and/or uncaring as this may sound. Not being affected by the trauma
actually helps me/one overcome any bystander shock and be able to medically
assist effectively and properly, in such cases.
The injury isn't immediately life threatening and subsequent treatment, I e
xpect, is well taken care of. A subsequent threat to life would be infecti
on or the like.
Future "repercussions" may arise. I am expecting more requests, by the fam
ily, for details of the circumstances leading to and of the incident, itesl
f, other than the initial "for the medical history" aspect of the incident,
itself. Just how indepth "further inquiries" evolve, if persued, remain t
o be seen. So for, I haven't heard of any such talk or off-handed comments
about further inquires, etc.
The saw that was used was not the table saw, but the Delta Sawbuck, a porta
ble circular saw setup, with stand/table, somewhat similar to a RAS. It is
set up for trim cutting, for the cabinets I was working on. I often use t
his saw outdoors, since there is more space to maneuver and no dust collect
ion attached. Other than the table saw and a regular circular saw, this is
my most used saw, very versatile.
I'll re-evaluate the shop scenario, in general, but I'll not likely alter t
oo much. I'll certainly be more vigilent, about safety, when visitors and
relatives come visit, maybe even implement some new rules. I do have a mai
n breaker for the shop and will look into how easy it is, will be, to shut
down the shop, when not there.
I hope you all learn from this experience, also, especially for when your d
ear ones are visiting you.