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Stabbed in the knee with a red-hot tungsten electrode...

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
I am a welder in a family manufacturing business and on Thursday I had the distinct pleasure of dropping a TIG torch about a second after completing a pass and watching as it swung and stuck into my knee like a fricken dart. If you've never smelled your knee on fire, you're missing out. The tip of the torch stuck into the end of the bone in the lower part of my leg just to the right and below my knweecap, missing my ACL by about two inches. It instantly cauterized (sp?) and I was left with about a half inch deep hole. Friday it was excruciating at work, as it swelled up and made it unbearable to stand, walk, etc. Thank God it's Sunday and I can walk again, the swelling has gone back down and I seem to have avoided serious damage to my internals. WHEW! Pain sucks.
post #2 of 23
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Originally Posted by DoWork View Post
If you've never smelled your knee on fire, you're missing out.
Whoa, I'll take your word on that one. Hope you're all healed up soon.
post #3 of 23
I wish I hadn't read that.

Thanks a lot!

:-) Hope you're better soon.
post #4 of 23
A burn like what you just described likely warrants a visit to a real live burn doc.. Just my .02...

Heal Up!
post #5 of 23
Thread Starter 
Yeah the burn wasn't really the bad part, it was more the sharp tip sticking into the soft end of the bone- the burn was just like the icing on the cake the hole itself looks like a tiny dot, it just goes straight down, like a gross mineshaft or something. I have gotten many such electrode burns over the years, but they're usually on my hands or soemthing far less painful. But like I said I am in good shape now and it looks alot better- still kept me from getting in some night skiing on Friday but I know I'm lucky that it missed my ACL tho so I'm not gonna complain about a few days of downtime. I have full range of motion, full strength and all that jazz, it's just a bit sore (I had a ladyfriend whos a nurse do all the resistance tests for buckling, pain and whatnot to see if I tore anything). I should be back out there again by weds next week at the latest. Thanks for all the well-wishing! See you out there soon!
post #6 of 23
Is it true that you actually didn't go to a doctor about this?
post #7 of 23
When I read the title, I was expecting a metaphor for a serious skiing injury. I'm glad to hear it was only a red-hot tungsten electrode!
post #8 of 23
I suspect that there's a very high danger of life or limb threatening infection from this injury, and suggest that you see a doctor.
post #9 of 23
Holy crap...thats a serious burn.

I've cooked my own hide a few times welding, but never even close to the bone!
post #10 of 23
couple years ago one of my friends dropped slag on top of a sneaker---and could not get the shoe off fast enough---one helluva burn on the top of his foot!


ditto on get it looked at. You REALLY don't want an infection in a bone
post #11 of 23
jjj
post #12 of 23
i'm a chef. this oct i poured a pan of semi liquid rice over my hand. i watched the skin come off. the pain was indescribable .. burns are serious business. get your self to a freak'n doc
post #13 of 23
That's nuts that you went to work the next day. My elbow got run over by a car Friday and I' not sure if I will work Monday. Get that checked though, antibiotics, etc. Stay alive.
post #14 of 23
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post
That's nuts that you went to work the next day. My elbow got run over by a car Friday and I' not sure if I will work Monday. Get that checked though, antibiotics, etc. Stay alive.

There HAS to be a story behind that one
post #15 of 23
I started to tell it here but didn't want to hijack the thread. I'll start another thread about that. I'm almost certain no fracture. Feels pretty good, swelling going down with ice. Lucky it's not as bad as OP's injury. Well I hope and expect we both will fully recover.
post #16 of 23
I knew I didn't want to click on this thread.
post #17 of 23
Sucking on tailpipes again, Tele? Yow.

Don't risk a bone infection. See a physician. Be good to yourself.
post #18 of 23
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Originally Posted by skier_j View Post

ditto on get it looked at. You REALLY don't want an infection in a bone
No post here says it more clearly than this one. Burn infections are bad enough, but burn infections that could involve bone infections are life threatening! Don't screw with this. Get it checked out!

Unlike Telerod, I do understand why you went to work the next day. I'm married to a man who broke his hand on Thursday and worked all day Friday. No rest for the wicked

Telerod, Oooof, A Car ran over your elbow!
Hope you're going to be okay.
post #19 of 23
Thread Starter 
Dudes and dudettes, I swear I am fine- everything's cool, and I'm seriously back to about 90-95%. If you could see it, you would say it looks a-ok, and as I type this it really isn't even tender anymore. This thing was taken very good care of from the start and is healed perfectly- as I said I get burned alot. I just wanted to share my story about why I missed the friday night lights...

Just so you don't think I have a swollen, gaping hole in my leg this is what a TIG torch looks like...


This is what a tungsten electrode looks like, which sticks out of the center of the torch about 1/4"-1/2"... (3/32", just like the one far left)


The torch itself only grazed me, but the electrode itself stuck into me (Think like a dart) and happened to hit a spot with little muscle cover, so it hit bone pretty instantly and like I said it was red hot so sizzle sizzle. It left a pinhole, but it hurt like hell. I cleaned the snots outta the thing, kept it with slathered up real nice with antibiotic ointment and covered. So here I am feelin great but believe me, if this thing takes a turn south I'm headed straight to the doc. Sit-skiing looks cool, but I like it the old fashioned way, thank you... Thanks for all the concern tho, bears- always lookin out for a fellow skier!

And to all those who were questioning why you'd work while you're hurt should know that days off are for blizzards!
post #20 of 23
Man I wish I knew how to TIG.....I only do lowly MIG welding...mainly because I am not ready to invest $3k in a welder.

But I agree, even if your leg was covered in feces, the 4000*C would kill anything from this world and further.
post #21 of 23
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
, the 4000*C would kill anything from this world and further.
Thats a good point.

Keep an eye out for signs of infection anyway!
post #22 of 23
Yeah---I would think that you effectively cauterized anything that might have been present there. Skin is a relatively sterile environment to begin with, and during skin surgery, cautery is routinely used as a way to help reduce risk of infection. The penetration into bone is a different matter however. That site basically has to heal as if a micro-fracture had occurred if you violated the periosteum. Could it get infected? Sure! Is it likely? WTFDIK? I'm just a Dermatologist!
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WTFDIK? I'm just a Dermatologist!
I'm just a gigolooooo
and everywhere I goooooo......

Diamond Dave=Doogiedoc. Wow.
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