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.
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3/9/08 at 9:52am