Note: if you're easily offended/nautious to descriptive explanations of accidents and such, I insist you don't read this. Anyway... Well, guess what? I got 14 stitches in my face today. I was at work this morning, cutting down some hard plastic sheets of snow deflector shielding used on snowplows on a power saw. Everything was going fine until a little after 10 am, and I was finishing up feeding a strip through the saw when the leftover strip must have gotten caught in the saw and had violently kicked back right into my face, striking my right cheek, gashing it open. Luckily I was wearing safety glasses, but it still didn't help my cheek any. Seeing that I was immediately bleeding, I applied pressure to it with my hand until some other people rushed to help me and we got some gauze and a cold pack on it to staunch the bleeding. Then my boss drove me to a hospital out in Bedford to get my stitches. The cut itself was very different. The doctor who stitched me up called it very reminiscent of "railroad tracks". It wasn't a plain cut, there was a strip of skin inbetween the cut itself. And although it looked alright on the outside, the doctor referred to the interior of the cut as "hamburger", so it got torn up pretty bad inside. I got all numbed up, got a tetanus shot, and got stitched up in no time. Luckily I don't think any muscles in my face got severed or anything. It's more of a nuisance right now than anything. I get my stitches taken out in 6 days, then it will take 6 months to a year to determine how it heals and how bad scarring is. Speaking of which, I'm to treat it daily with neosporin and such to try to lessen the scarring, for 6 months. At least I'm covered under workman's comp. Also, some people are telling me I should get a lawyer and sue...but noone did anything wrong. And my boss is a cool guy, but had he been some mean dude, you bet I'd be suing. Anyhow, I decided to take a couple of pix after the incident if anyone wants to see. One is kinda blurry so you can barely see the stitches, but they're there. Could be worse, I suppose. Still, it made for a really messed up day. I'm just glad I didn't get hit elsewhere on my face. "It's only a flesh wound!" [link=http://www.imagedump.com/index.cgi?pick=get&tp=113762]Clickie[/link] [link=http://www.imagedump.com/index.cgi?pick=get&tp=113768]Clickie 2[/link] PS- to be specific the cut was about 1/8th inch deep, and about 3 inches across. Not fun!