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Staying Healthy Isn't Just About Nutrition And Exercise...

Sunday, February 12, 2012

...Its also about using care and common sense.

I injured myself yesterday. I was cutting firewood with the chainsaw and decided that it was a waste of fuel and machine life to use the saw on the smaller diameter branches. I put a branch across a couple thicker logs and stomped on it. One end popped up and hit me in the side of my nose. It felt like I'd been hit by Mohamed Ali. Blood was gushing out of my nose but I kept working because it was starting to snow and I wanted to get the wood in before it got wet. When I finally did get inside I saw that most of the blood was coming from a cut on the outside of my nose. The cut runs down the crease between the left side of my nose and my cheek so it shouldn't be too noticeable. I am squeezing vitamin E into the cut from vitamin capsules.

I thought I'd be more likely to hurt myself with the chainsaw than by manually breaking the wood, so when I put down the saw, I got careless. It could have been worse. I could have lost an eye or I could have been knocked unconscious and froze to death before my wife came out to look for me. I guess I can consider myself lucky to still be relatively intact and a tiny bit smarter.

This probably ties in with my first blog entry from January 25th. I didn't heed my own warning. You don't need to be young and reckless to wreck yourself.

I'm attaching some pictures. Its not as bad as it looks.

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    How lucky you were! You are right - you could have lost an eye! It is so easy to act before we think - whether that is cutting firewood... or eating the wrong things.

    Thank you for reminding us all to be careful to stay healthy.

    Hope you heal well and soon!

    3183 days ago
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