Thumb Damage

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  1. L-1

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    Just a thought here (and you will need to speak with an attorney to address the viability) -

    File a lawsuit against the bad guy for an obscene amount. If he is a real dirtbag, he will fail to appear in court and you will win a default judgement. Granted, he is probably broke and has no money, but you take your judgement to a collection agency and make an arrangement for them to work as your agent, collecting it on your behalf while taking a percentage for doing so. They will track this man to his dying day, attaching his wages, seizing and selling anything of value he acquires until the judgement is paid off.
     
  2. knoxvegasdaddy

    knoxvegasdaddy UBER VOL !!!

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    Do EVERYTHING the doctors tell you regarding after care.

    Do EVERYTHING the physical therapists tell you to do.

    That’s the key to a full recovery.

    Do the therapy, don’t overdo it, or try to come back too soon. And don’t get it infected.

    Best of luck to you!
     

  3. Sgt127

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    We started that stupid HR form for injuries. 4 pages. Everyone in the city had to use it from streets to FD and PD.

    There’s a section the injured employee had to fill out.

    “How could this injury have been avoided?”

    He wrote “More cooperative arrestees”

    I wrote “Concur, unavoidable injury.” Sgt 127

    Never heard back from HR.
     
  4. Newcop761

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    When I was 14 I had a devastating injury to my left wrist. I cut nerves, ligaments, and tendons. Glass missed my arteries by a millimeter. I was fortunate and a very skilled hand surgeon was called in and I underwent 5+/- hours of microsurgery.

    I have full use of my hand. There is some nerve damage but it doesn't interfere with my job or my life.

    That was in 1990. It's 2020 and the results a good hand surgeon can achieve can be truly amazing.

    Good luck. Fingers crossed for your complete recovery.

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  5. PattonWasRight

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    OP ... let us know what Doc says about how the surgery went. Was he a general surgeon or a specialist of some sort?
     
  6. Top Glock10mm

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    I’ll be in a splint for the next 4 weeks to let the initials cut heal. The orthopedic surgeon said it went good but with the level of damage done I am looking at a long recovery and he can’t promise I’ll recover full motion. He said the best thing I can do is not use it. After the cut heals they may put me in a cast to help with the fracture... he did say I need a cast but then you can’t change the dressing from the cut and the risk of infection and losing the thumb is very real. Seems to be in a catch 22... treat the cut and ward off infection or let the ligament and bone heal together in a cast.... apparently I am a very tricky case but he said I have a good chance of gaining “most” mobility back. But the way the bone grows back as well as the ligament are unpredictable since we can’t cast them. He has splinted it very tight and I have to come in everyday for a nurse to change my dressings and reapply a splint.... way over my head here. Lot of pain meds so I’ve probably butchered the translation from the docs but that’s the best I understand it... hurts like a mfer
     
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    Stay on top n of pain management with a schedule. Don't chase the pain because that sucks.

    Hope you heal well.

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    I love that question. I usually have a nice remark.
     
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    nikerret Mr. Awesome

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    Good luck, OP. This is going to sound weird, but be glad you were taken off duty from a fight, not an illness.
     
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    your translation sounds spot-on. PM sent.
     
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    What he said....

    TAKE YOUR TIME RECOVERING.

    You are VERY early in your career. Take your time and get completely better before coming back; trust us, you aren't going to miss anything, and it will all be there when you get back, so don't rush it.
     
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    This is just anecdotal, but if it's any comfort, a few years ago a friend of mine accidentally stabbed himself all the way through his hand with a knife.

    He had to get surgery to repair the damage, and he had to wear a brace type thing for a while and do therapy, but within a year, he was back to full range of motion.

    All this to say, you hopefully won't lose the motion in your thumb if you get it treated, and if necessary, do the therapy.

    I hope you feel better soon, and recover quickly!
     
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    Any cool pics?
     
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    I’ll say this, I’m currently sharing in your pain.

    Find a GREAT physical therapist. They make all the difference.
     
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    Amen.

    Buncha sadists, but it works!
     
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    Damn good.
    Mine are hawt too!
     
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    well, that certainly helps take your mind off of the pain!
     
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    Jeez kid its like you hit the Lottery. I'd never be able to hit a target for the rest of my life If I was you. 75% of your pay for the rest of your life, now go back to school, bang coeds, and get a cash only job. Also sue the clowns involved.

    Either way get a Lawyer. Your very young so you actually believe your Dept. is looking out for you.
     
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    I hope you got your pound of flesh
     
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    Once healed, begin exercise.
    Gentle stretching and flexing.
    With good surgery, you may be surprised at mobility being positive.
    Best,
    :)
     
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