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Stupidity

After running around in cold temperatures for 43 years I finally went and did something really stupid and paid the price. I'll start by saying this past weekend saw one of the strangest series of unfortunate events in my lifetime but won't go into the gory details. Suffice to say, I should have paid off all bad karma points by now. The damages are 1 tractor...probably damaged beyond repair, 1 pickup truck...may have to replace an engine, 1 house furnace...had to replace a blown circuit board, hole through the bumper of a Chrysler Minivan, the zipper on my best winter coat, and most likely 2 frostbitten fingers.

For future reference, someone remind me never to grab on to a steel logging chain with bare fingertips when the outside temperature is -5 with a windchill of -35. Maximum exposure time about 2 minutes. I got home and soaked the fingers in warm water which of course felt like touching a hot burner on a stove. The thumb and forefinger of my right hand (the one I do most things with including typing) have white patches of tissue while the rest of the skin is normal. The patches are both heat and cold sensitive and tingle like when an appendage falls asleep. But they don't hurt too badly now. Yesterday the skin was taut, today it is a little more pliable. In reading on the net, it would appear I got the milder first stage of frostbite and it could take a few months to heal all the way. No blisters, no darkening of the skin.

Don't try this at home.

The weekend events have delayed my leaving for NC by a day so I may not see anyone this trip. I will be back in March however and will attempt to see people then.

Wander

Comments

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turtles_path
Dec. 22nd, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
Yikes!
wander
Dec. 22nd, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC)
Yup, gonna run up to the Urgent Care place and get my fingers looked at before I head out to NC.

W
turtles_path
Dec. 22nd, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
*nods* better safe than sorry. good luck & travels be yours!
jinxed828
Dec. 22nd, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC)
Come on, you've got to give at least a few details.
wander
Dec. 22nd, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
a few details
Severe snow storm followed by severe ice storm, barnyard at farm covered in ice and slopes down to a creek. Van and 4 Wheel drive truck parked at top of barnyard. Trying to turn van around it slides sideways down the hill and almost into the creek. Working alone it took the 4 wd truck and 2 tractors to push/pull it out. In the process of pushing with one tractor I put a hole through the bumper of the van. In the process of pulling with another tractor I stripped gears in the transmission. It now won't move. Overnight the temps dipped to -15 and my 2 wd truck froze. When I tried to leave for the train station yesterday, it overheated and cracked the head. A state cop drove me home. Later a friend picked me up and went to retrieve the truck. I had fingerless wool gloves on. I grabbed the end of the tow chain to wrap it around the frame of the truck and it was so cold it froze my fingers. Got the truck home though. Over the weekend the furnace started to blow cold air. The house got down to 40 degrees. Furnace repair guy was there until 11 pm..that will be a nice bill. It turned out to be a blown circuit board. House now has heat. Somehow, I ripped the zipper off my good coat and now need a new coat. It was not a cheap coat.

How's that for bad luck?

W
ryl
Dec. 22nd, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)
Re: a few details
*jaw drops*

I think Karma's in your debt for the next year.

(Speaking of, I finally got a chance to witness Instant Karma a couple of weeks ago. Gnome and I were driving to town and as soon as we pulled out of the development, some twitwad in a Jaguar passed us leaving about an inch of space between the cars. He then got caught in traffic directly in front of us all the way to the end of the street because everyone and their kid sister was traveling the other way. Ha ha. We got in the other lane to avoid his idiocy, so we had a good view of him hitting another car when he made a right turn a block down the road. He hit that car so hard it went back about a foot. Cell phones were involved. Ha ha ha.)
wander
Dec. 22nd, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
Re: a few details
Bwahahaha...poetic justice.

W
ladykalessia
Dec. 22nd, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
Re: a few details
If the damage to the zipper isn't too bad, you can get a new zipper and get drycleaner/tailoring shop to install the new one, usually.
wander
Dec. 22nd, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
Re: a few details
I was thinking that or lots of velcro.

W
ladykalessia
Dec. 22nd, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
Re: a few details
Also: holy crap. Way to purge all the bad ju-ju right before Turnover. Happy Solstice?
wander
Dec. 22nd, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
Re: a few details
Thanks. Yeah I guess if I look at it symbolically it's a good thing.

W
nessachan
Dec. 23rd, 2008 01:38 pm (UTC)
Re: a few details
There might be a tailor/dry cleaner in town that would repair your coat for less than the price of a new one. Not sure what "ripped" means, but if it's simply come detached from the coat it could easily be sewn back onto/into the coat. Zipper replacement is fairly standard business.

Anyway, I really hope you recover quickly, that sounds awful, sorry about all the bad luck!
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wander
Dec. 22nd, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
We will see. Going to the doctor now.

W
invisibella
Dec. 22nd, 2008 06:04 pm (UTC)
Glad you're having that looked at. It still doesn't sound great and you may need some creams (steriods or something) to assure good healing.

Safe travel! Wave as you go through MD.

wander
Dec. 22nd, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Taking the southern route down but I'll wave from KY, which is as close as I'll get to MD.

W
invisibella
Dec. 22nd, 2008 06:11 pm (UTC)
That's not close at all! You'll have to wave really big. I'll see it, promise!

Finger update?
piscesdreams
Dec. 22nd, 2008 06:14 pm (UTC)
I hope those fingers are okay! Is your coat and zipper repairable by a tailor perhaps?
wander
Dec. 22nd, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
2nd degree frostbite bu I should be OK. Tailor or lots of velcro I'm thinking.

W
cowboyjesus
Dec. 22nd, 2008 06:39 pm (UTC)
Sympathies for you, man. Sensibilities aren't neccesarily retained by mere age. I learned that last night eating popcorn with a cavity in a molar.

It is cold here too, but not as bad, just windy. I need a cellar to hide from it. Our forecast is for 50mph gusts, a little Colorado whisper that some snow is coming the following day.
wander
Dec. 22nd, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
You got a collective "Oooooo!" and a recoil from Deb and I for that.

W
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