Sunday, July 25, 2010

Nail gun and a bad aim

Last Saturday (July 17th) Henry and I ran over to Grandpa's to help out 'really quick'. He was framing in a window and was nailing together a header. Henry asked to nail a couple nails and grandpa said 'sure'. Henry went over and picked up the gun and when to nail... instead of going strait down with the nailer it was more of an arc and hit his foot (insert painful grown here)
What was supposed to be a quick trip to help Grandpa out ended up being 8+ hours getting the nail taken out. Suzi ran Henry over to the prompt care and after a few hours there they said that they did not have the tools to get the nail out and sent Suzi over to the ER. Five hours later they were able to come home.
Luckily, after many hours, x-rays etc they determined that the nail just barely missed the bone and thus surgery was not necessary (phew). Just a lovely tetanus shot, a strong antibiotic for a few weeks, and lots of care to keep it clean.

This picture shows the nail a bit closer... the three inch nail went through his foot and hit the pavement and bent - luckily we weren't on wood, I can't imagine what would have happened if his foot stuck on the wood and we weren't able to carry him to the van. We probably would have had to cut the wood out and take it with us to the hospital!



  1. Ok that made me more than a little queazy! Hope he feels better soon.

  2. Oooh, that hurts just to look at! poor Henry! I hope he doesn't lose his enthusiasm for helping. But I wouldn't blame him if he did!

  3. That sucks, I hope he is ok...

  4. I hope Henry has recovered well! I'm Michelle and I work for Erigo, an organisation that trains aged care and allied health professionals in first aid. Would you be willing to let us use one of the foot photos in our training slides? My work email is