Well as hard as this is to admit, table saw 1, jerry 0. 15 stitches and see the ortho guy next week. wasn’t trying to take a chance, or short cut safety (but I did), didn't feel tired, or in a hurry just reached for the push pad and must not have lifted my hand enough and it got me. Dad always said keep the blade 1/8 or 1/4" out of the wood. I could have lost a lot more. So how was your day?
It broke the ring finger at the first knuckle. What is strange is that the middle finger was only scratched.
The foolish thing is I had taken the advice of a friend and seasoned woodworker and had the blade guard off. I do not fault him; at 65 I can make my own decisions. I would suggest to all or any of my friends, be careful with how you might council someone. Safety rules are nearly always written in blood. The problem here was not and is not my friend, I am the only one who is to blame.
I am learning several valuable lessons here and with your permission i will share them with my friends on the forum. You are never a failure till you blame your mistakes on other people. Take ownership of your failures, you can change yourself but not others. Never compromise your convictions, if you know something to be right stand your ground, the fingers you save may be your own. When in doubt error on the side of safety.
I must excuse myself and get ready for church, I teach a class on Wednesday evenings. I will continue later. Thanks’ to so many of you that will support me to recovery. I want to get in there already!!!