The worst headache

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by topsites, May 3, 2011.

  1. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    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.
  2. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
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    Glad to hear you made it out of that one
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    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
  4. ashgrove landscaping

    ashgrove landscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,529

    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.
  5. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
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    Was your mower still running?
  6. all ferris

    all ferris LawnSite Bronze Member
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    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.
  7. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,476

    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.
  8. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 3,065

    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.
  9. ashgrove landscaping

    ashgrove landscaping LawnSite Gold Member
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    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.
  10. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
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    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.

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