My husband, N, has worked construction for about 8 years with very few injuries, Thank the Lord! 2 days ago he got his thumb caught in a chop saw. Luckily the blade was not going very fast. Had it been he would probably never be able to hitchhike or give one of his kids a thumbs up. Or perhaps it would have been the end to a future career as a movie reviewer. (I guess there's always the other thumb.) Instead it just took a major chunk of flesh and he will be back for a lively game of thumb wars before you know it.
Wish I had thought to take pictures of it right after it happened. This is more than 30 hours later and it is looking much better. But still pretty nasty if you ask me.