OOPS!!!!!! Thats going to leave a mark

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I royally messed up guys.

I've been excited with the warmer weather and spring poking its head around the corner. Been busing getting both of my ponds ready for the new season. Using sump pump to take grime out of the bottom, "weeding" extra plants, moving rocks, fixing some rat damage to the liner, cleaning out bog filters, cleaning pumps, and working on aesthetics around the pond. Unfortunately, that has now all come to a grinding halt for at least 2 weeks or so.

One of the small projects that I was working on was to creating a stacked flagstone standalone bubble water feature for the front yard pond to switch it up a bit. Well I was using my drill with diamond rock core bit to drill the pipe holes and a messed up big time. I improperly vised down the sample and the drill jammed up in the rock and grabbed onto it, transferring all rpm's into the rock itself and breaking it out of my poorly placed vise. The flagstone while rotating at who knows what speed got away from me when it broke loose and impacted my right leg. Quickly followed by my left leg/shin. End result is not as bad as it could have been, thankfully no broken bones, that I know of. But, my right leg as a cut across the front and swelled up something fierce. My left shin was not as lucky and had a nickel sized gash put into it all the way down to the bone.

I was able to doctor it up that evening and the following day went to a clinic to get a tetanus shot and have them clean it up and put a steri-strip on it to help it heal. But I was in crutches for 2 days to keep pressure of and am pretty much bed ridden when I get home from work to allow swelling to go down and let the wound air and heal.

Sooooooo all my projects are on hold for a bit. And I just got 500 lbs of river stone to go in the bottom of my pond. Everything has to wait now. I definitely cant be getting in the water with the open wound so that limits me on all work on my large backyard pond. Hopefully this time next week I am up and about. I just feel stupid for not properly vising down the stone.

LIVE AND LEARN.....
 
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So sorry you went and booger-ed yourself up! Glad it was not worse and looks like it will heal soon. Stuff can wait for the pond as your wounds are more important right now. Next time you will for sure be more careful as we all learn from our mistakes................well most of us do anyways,lol!
 

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Wow so happy it was not worse....

The pond can wait get healed uo.
 

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so sorry for your boo boo we will all send kisses to make it better ;)
 
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Sorry you got hurt!
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Always be careful, there was an acquaintance I had that had a beautiful pond and giant waterfall. He was found in his pond and apparently a rock fell off the waterfall knocked him out and he drowned. Life is precious and so are your parts. Sometimes we dont think some things can hurt you.
 
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Be careful of cut shins to the bone. There's a tendon there which when cut will snap and run up the leg a long way. Thus immobilizing your foot.
 
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Walking around just fine now. I still have a deep gash there that I'm sure will take a solid month to fully heal, but I'm at least able to get around without issue. The biggest issue now is that I don't want to put an open wound like that into my pond and I need to get lillies re-potted and get some other maintenance done in the pond. I'm thinking that I'll give it another week or 2 and then get some of those liquid bandages or something and just limit exposure as much as possible.
 

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Tape a plastic bag or plastic wrap around your leg. Use good tape and it will usually stick until you are done. That stretchy stuff they use when they draw blood would work great, wrap it around the plastic wrap, bag.
 
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It might be worth buying/borrowing a fly fisherman's cover-all outfit to keep it dry. Even the slightest dampness could set up an infection and set you back farther than just a week or so of patience........
 
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Yeah shin injuries are no joke. I bashed mine with a mattock years ago trying to churn up some earth for something....not only was it blinding pain...but it took years to heal. I remember over year later I bumped it against the corner of a coffee table and I was brought to my knees and even teared up a little.
 
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Ouch! Get well soon...
So, I'm wondering... from the picture, It looks like you drilled a hole through the stone for a vertical pipe to feed water up through the middle of the stone. Is this what you did? If so, that's a cool idea! And it looks great.
 
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