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topsites
05-03-2011, 10:42 PM
Today about 1:30p I was trimming along when suddenly my FS-100rx trimmer picked up a stick and flung it in my face,
the pain wasn't the worst I have felt thou it did stun me, but being no stranger to these things I just kept on trimming.

I didn't get far, maybe 10 seconds or so I felt something like sweat running down my forehead...
Yes, you know it but hoping for the best I wiped at it with my hand and got back 4 bloody fingers.
I thought to myself this is probably not so good as I wiped again just to retrieve more blood
and now I could feel it just coming out.

With little fanfare or ceremony I dropped the trimmer and walked to my truck.
By the time I got there I could see blood running down the side of my nose.

I got inside, turned the engine on and the A/C on high because I was starting to feel a bit lightheaded.
So here I am bleeding what I figured profusely...
And as I'm wondering how I'm even going to get myself to the ER (or whether I needed to go)
I'm also thinking I should elevate the bleeding area...
Well, the cut was on my forehead, I am thinking how much more elevated can it get?

I did what folks with a nosebleed do and tilted my head back, within seconds the bleeding stopped.
I was not feeling well.

The realization that my trimmer was probably still running passed through without much further action on my part.

I got a glass out of the cup holder and filled it up with water, opened the door, stepped outside and proceeded
to gently wash my face, that went so-so, which is to say not too well.

After sitting in the truck for several minutes with the A/C at full blast hitting the cold sweat that was coming off me,
I started to feel well enough, I got out and slowly went to retrieve my trimmer.
It was still running.

By the time I got back to the truck, I was feeling nauseated.
I sat inside the a/c cab this time until I felt better again, could've been 5, 10, 15 minutes, maybe 20?

Then I finished that yard, slowly.

Went on to the next, sometime while I was working on that one I finally noticed I was feeling myself again.
The folks there were too nice to give me a water-soaked towel to cleanse my face with.

The rest of the day passed without much incident.

I was wearing ANSI-approved safety goggles.

93Chevy
05-03-2011, 10:45 PM
I'm also thinking I should elevate the bleeding area...
Well, it was on my forehead, I am thinking how much more elevated can it get?


:laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh:

Glad to hear you made it out of that one

topsites
05-03-2011, 10:49 PM
:laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh:

Glad to hear you made it out of that one

Yeah, you know...

It really is like doctors say, a head injury bleeds the worst.

It's probably not even that bad, I haven't got a good look yet but I figure maybe 1/4" thing lol
it couldn't have been that bad if it didn't take stitches and stopped within minutes
but I am telling you that thing was bleeding!

Put another way, it was likely far more visually shocking than anything else,
sure scared the crap out of me, more so because that's the first time I ever
seen that much blood in all of 10 years of landscaping and it ain't like it's the
first time I've hurt myself but I guess I'm just a big baby lol

ashgrove landscaping
05-03-2011, 10:53 PM
Nice one! Last year I was mowing around a cable box with a long orange fiberglass/metal marker pole and my deck caught the pole and it snapped back and nailed my in the forehead. I did the same thing you did exactly but with my mower. Finally got to the er and 11 stitches later and slight concussion went back to pick up my mower and head home after dark of course.

93Chevy
05-03-2011, 10:54 PM
Nice one! Last year I was mowing around a cable box with a long orange fiberglass/metal marker pole and my deck caught the pole and it snapped back and nailed my in the forehead. I did the same thing you did exactly but with my mower. Finally got to the er and 11 stitches later and slight concussion went back to pick up my mower and head home after dark of course.

Was your mower still running?

all ferris
05-03-2011, 10:54 PM
I don't take that stuff lightly because 2 years ago I had to have brain surgery to relieve bleeding on my brain from something just like this. I knocked my head on my truck when I working on it. I too thought nothing of it at first but then about 1 month later I was under the knife. yep...I said 1 month later. no joke I had a subdural hematoma.

Dr.NewEarth
05-03-2011, 11:16 PM
I don't take that stuff lightly because 2 years ago I had to have brain surgery to relieve bleeding on my brain from something just like this. I knocked my head on my truck when I working on it. I too thought nothing of it at first but then about 1 month later I was under the knife. yep...I said 1 month later. no joke I had a subdural hematoma.

I think that's what killed Gary Coleman.

This sort of stuff always scares me when I am working alone or when an

employee is by themselves.

nobagger
05-03-2011, 11:27 PM
Head and facial cuts always bleed quite a bit more due to more blood capillaries bla, bla,lol Glad your ok and could man up and finish the day :weightlifter:. My Father-in-Law was breaking a stupid, simple 1/2 inch round brach off a downed tree and it came back and "swapped" him in the eye and cut his eye lid open and the side of his face. Things can happen so quick.

ashgrove landscaping
05-03-2011, 11:31 PM
Was your mower still running?

No i actually ran back to shut it down on my way to the truck cause with all the blood I knew it was going to be a while.

mowerbrad
05-03-2011, 11:45 PM
I keep an MFR kit in my truck, never have used it on myself (mostly other people), but I have enough supplies to handle minor trauma (4x4's, 2x2's, gauze rolls, ace-wraps, eye wash solution, bandaids, etc). I am never very worried about myself getting hurt, sure it can happen but I try to be as careful as possible and I am pretty well prepared should I get injured.

Its nice that you didn't have to go into the ER after this, but definately "watch" yourself. If something starts to not feel right, get it checked out. Be careful and take it slow for the next day or two if you don't feel 100%.

BTW, if you do get a nose bleed, don't tilt your head back.

soloscaperman
05-04-2011, 12:09 AM
Damn, you must of had that trimmer at WOT for that to happen. This is the reason why I keep my trimmer half throttle so this doesn't happen and as well damage from material being flung from the trimmer. I hope you feel better.

Aaronnc
05-04-2011, 12:39 AM
topsites, definitely look into getting a first aid kit to carry with you in case you don't already have one. At least a bottle of iodine and some liquid bandage, and ibuprofen or something. I carry this one I bought a few months ago because it has the dental part too:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0043X5WK8/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_2?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B000GGHSLW&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=00SG0PFTF045Y8AD1P4X

topsites
05-04-2011, 01:04 AM
Damn, you must of had that trimmer at WOT for that to happen. This is the reason why I keep my trimmer half throttle so this doesn't happen and as well damage from material being flung from the trimmer. I hope you feel better.
Unfortunately, doesn't take much if you're going at a good clip.

Not sure where I was but probably cruise control which is around 90%,
can't remember but I'd swear I was doing the usual upside-down trimmer
since I was doing a ditch, in which case I was likely also going one-handed.

May not be the smartest way, just like to get the job done.

topsites, definitely look into getting a first aid kit to carry with you in case you don't already have one. At least a bottle of iodine and some liquid bandage, and ibuprofen or something. I carry this one I bought a few months ago because it has the dental part too:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0043X5WK8/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_2?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B000GGHSLW&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=00SG0PFTF045Y8AD1P4X

I have one but I also know when I'm bleeding heavily there's little in that stupid kit to stop it,
and not so much stop it but hold it on, plastic bandages won't hold to skin once they're soaked
with blood, the glue won't stick.

And by the time I get the gauze all unwrapped and secured on there...
To be honest I'm just glad that's all it was.

But I do have one.
Another in the house, and another in the car.
Three all in all.

MOturkey
05-04-2011, 01:09 AM
Glad you weren't injured any worse than you were. Also glad to hear you were wearing eye protection. Just plain stupid to trim without safety glasses, but I've seen lots of people do so.

mowerbrad
05-04-2011, 01:21 AM
topsites, definitely look into getting a first aid kit to carry with you in case you don't already have one. At least a bottle of iodine and some liquid bandage, and ibuprofen or something. I carry this one I bought a few months ago because it has the dental part too:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0043X5WK8/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_2?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B000GGHSLW&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=00SG0PFTF045Y8AD1P4X

Those dang "first-aid" kits are about useless unless your 3-year old falls and scraps his knee or you happen to get a paper cut. Most first aid kits only come with some alcohol wipes, band-aids and a gauze roll.

Here's what I carry... http://www.galls.com/style.html?assort=general_catalog&cat=&style=TK080

Aaronnc
05-04-2011, 01:28 AM
Those dang "first-aid" kits are about useless unless your 3-year old falls and scraps his knee or you happen to get a paper cut. Most first aid kits only come with some alcohol wipes, band-aids and a gauze roll.

Here's what I carry... http://www.galls.com/style.html?assort=general_catalog&cat=&style=TK080

What you carry is useless, unless your lost in the dark, or foot falls asleep. Jesus Christ people, I was just trying to help. Carry whatever you want. He11, I even know the directions to the hospital if you want to get in a pissing match Bradley. Some of you guys really are miserable @$$holes.

rain man
05-04-2011, 01:33 AM
Glad it was no worse than it was. We all need a wake up call.

mowerbrad
05-04-2011, 01:47 AM
What you carry is useless, unless your lost in the dark, or foot falls asleep. Jesus Christ people, I was just trying to help. Carry whatever you want. He11, I even know the directions to the hospital if you want to get in a pissing match Bradley. Some of you guys really are miserable @$$holes.

I'm not trying to be a d*** but when you go through what most first aid kits have, it is mainly bandaids, a gauze roll, a couple alcohol wipes, some tape and a cheap pair of scissors. If you have any cut that is bleeding moderately, you can't easily handle it with the stuff that comes in those kits. Bandaids are useless for larger cuts/scraps. A gauze roll is nice if you have a pad or two already over the wound, then just wrap it up. But the normal first aid kits don't come with any dressings to wrap up with the gauze roll. They don't come with eye wash, they don't come with the 4"x4" dressings, they don't come with cold packs nor the burn dressings for minor burns. They really lack tons of stuff that is very useful for the injuries we could receive in this line of work.

The standard first aid kits contain good stuff for small cuts, but the cuts/scrapes/injuries we can get in our line of work can not be easily managed by those first aid kits. If you are bleeding like Topsites was, you would have to take care of the blood with a towel or t-shirt because you don't have the proper dressings to treat the wound in your first aid kit. Like I said, they are great to treat your 3 year old who scraped his knee or if you get a small cut, but anything more than that and you are left trying to find other things to put over your wound.

I really am not trying to have a "pissing match" with you. If you really want to get so angry with me, I can go ahead and list all my medical certifications but that will only escalate the argument I'm sure.

My main point is that when you buy a first aid/medical kit to keep in your vehicle, make sure it has contents that can acutally be used to help you when you need them. Bandaids aren't going to stop you from bleeding.

Aaronnc
05-04-2011, 01:52 AM
Glad to see your doing alot with all those medical certifications. Hell yeah, I want to get into a pissing match with you, let me go get my neighbor who's a pediatric neurologist. He owes me a favor anyway. In the meantime, let me drop some Mayo Clinic in that arse: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/first-aid-severe-bleeding/FA00038

georgiagrass
05-04-2011, 01:55 AM
Hey Topsites: Glad you're ok.

mowerbrad
05-04-2011, 01:59 AM
Glad to see your doing alot with all those medical certifications. Hell yeah, I want to get into a pissing match with you, let me go get my neighbor who's a pediatric neurologist. He owes me a favor anyway. In the meantime, let me drop some Mayo Clinic in that arse: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/first-aid-severe-bleeding/FA00038

I don't care if your neighbor is a pediatric neurologist, that has nothing to do with you. I know plenty of doctors myself.

My certifications: Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Interntional Trauma Life Support, Basic Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Pediatric International Trauma Life Support (some), EMT-Basic Licensed, EMT-Specialist Certified, EMT-Paramedic Certified, Basic Life Support CPR and First Aid Instructor.

Like I said before I don't want to get in a pissing match with you. I tried to make my point simpler and explain it better and tried not to be a d***, but you apparently want to get into an argument.

Aaronnc
05-04-2011, 04:46 PM
wow, all those degrees. Impressive. But yet still find time to landscape? You must either suck at being a paramedic or suck at landscaping, or suck equally at both. Good day to you Sir.

hackitdown
05-04-2011, 06:27 PM
Face cuts bleed bad. This winter I got a small cut high on my cheek from a branch. I was wearing goggles (I was skiing), so no eye damage. But I was sweating pretty hard from skiing woods, and it bled like crazy. It ran all down my face and neck, and spread all over because of the sweat. It looked really bad, like movie bad. All from a 1/4" little cut.

I had to take a shuttle bus back to the lodge, you should have seen the faces of the kids and moms when they saw all the blood!

jgoddard8409
05-04-2011, 08:59 PM
Then my trimmer picked a rock and I heard the pop when it hit my eyeball.....no pain for 12 hours...then AGONY for four to five days....Im not a MAN anymore...I AM SMART...and thank god I still have my sight!!!!!!!

TWerner
05-06-2011, 04:30 PM
wow, all those degrees. Impressive. But yet still find time to landscape? You must either suck at being a paramedic or suck at landscaping, or suck equally at both. Good day to you Sir.

Dude, lighten up. My brother-in-law has all those degrees too, but manages to work as the fire chief full time and teach diving rescue. I'll put a paramedic's advice on field trauma against your pediatric neurologist's any day, and know what, so will your neighbor. See, he's a medical doctor, just like me, and what we'd do, is call a nurse.

That said, my first aid kit, built up when I was rock climbing, contains strong tape, a hep lock in case someone gets a tension pneumo, some abdominal pads, kelly clamps, crazy glue ... and I kept instant cold packs in the truck. Not exactly Mayo approved LOL, but Brad is right. A lot of what is in those kits is designed for scraped knees and splinters.

That said, everyone should have a minor injury kit handy to clean out minor scrapes and cuts. But I'd put a gallon of distilled water, $0.87 at Walmart, some clean towels in a zip lock bag, and some duct tape in there too, and listen to the paramedic! If he says I'm wrong on that, I'm wrong. :hammerhead:

Todd

GMLC
05-06-2011, 04:40 PM
Im glad your ok. Was the shield off your trimmer? May not have helped but thats what its for. My mother would say "you could have poked your eye out!!!!!"

Merkava_4
05-06-2011, 05:27 PM
Get a face shield. Go to your local welding supply and pick up a Jackson or Fibre-Metal face shield.

blk90s13
05-06-2011, 06:40 PM
Being solo that stuff scares the crap out of me, glad you pulled out of this one ok.

agrostis
05-06-2011, 07:24 PM
Glad you weren't injured any worse than you were. Also glad to hear you were wearing eye protection. Just plain stupid to trim without safety glasses, but I've seen lots of people do so.

This is big for me. Weedeating without eye protection is a firing offense. No second chances.

jgoddard8409
05-06-2011, 09:51 PM
This guy shows up for work on his first day...my wife goes out and tells him he needs to wear SG's....he says "I dont wear no safety glasses"...my wife tells him go find another Effin job....LOL...he looked like she kiked him in the nutz......and proceeded to put on the glasses...his buddy was rofl!!!

THEGOLDPRO
05-06-2011, 10:13 PM
i shot a small rock at about 300mph into my nose one time, it hurt so bad i started to cry lol ,Mostly from the blow my eyes started to water up.

93Chevy
05-07-2011, 01:53 AM
wow, all those degrees. Impressive. But yet still find time to landscape? You must either suck at being a paramedic or suck at landscaping, or suck equally at both. Good day to you Sir.

You're a class act.