He shaved the bone on both sides of the knuckle and lost 1/3 of his knuckle too. Dr. Mark Clyde cleaned out the knuckle and sewed him up during sugery at 12:30 A.M. (accident happened at 4 PM) and he was back in his room at 3:15 A.M. After we saw the doctor and heard his report my daughter and I went home for sleep.
He is concerned about whether or not he will be able to play bass guitar with this damage. I am not so concerned since the evening he was released from our new MatSu Valley Regional Medical Center he managed to make practice! Bandages and all! His playing sounded pretty good too, even if he was using only two fingers. (His pinky and ring fingers.) P.S. I still have Christmas lights hanging downstairs, hehe.
This was the first time we were in our new local hospital. The emergency clinic seemed really slow for being the ones dealing with an emergency. But I will give them a break and admit that just as we got there three ambulances were scheduled to arrive and then one motorcycle victim came in while we waited. I guess a mangled knuckle is not high priority.
When Doug was admitted and prepared for surgery (about 10:30 p.m.) they wheeled him up to a room and the service on second floor was incredible! The nurses and doctors we encountered while there were great! Their great bedside manner sure changed our whole attitude towards the new hospital when they showed kindness and concern while actually helping Doug! I don't think it's being selfish to say --- we felt waiting over an hour in the emergency just to be screened was too long. There were three of us waiting to be seen by the nurse doing the screening and only one sick baby a head of Doug. I think they started hopping when they saw the blood beginning to ooze out of the bandage Doug had wrapped around his hand... while he put his tools away and carried the log into the shop!!!!!
Doug was the first person to stay in Room 240 on the second floor of the new hospital. In the hospital the patient orders food from the kitchen when he/she is hungry rather than there being a set time for meals being served! So it's kind of like being in a hotel! Guest's can also order meals and eat with the patient.
Send him a get well note HERE! (hehehe)