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Old 06-03-2005, 08:34 AM   #1
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Be Careful Polishers!

I have been putting in about 2 or 3 hours a day for the last month polishing Bambi. It is looking really good. However, I woke several nights ago at about 4 a.m. and could hardly close my left hand and my little finger was poppin'. It has finally calmed down as of this morning, but this has me a bit rattled.

About a year and a half ago I had my right thumb operated on because I had "trigger thumb/trigger finger" (It's when the tendon sheath swells and locks the tendon). See here if you are interested ) So, when my little finger statred to pop, it scared me a bit.

Be careful folks because it can happen from blunt trauma or a constant pressure like with a polisher. I was simply using too much pressure using a pinstriping brush! Seriously!

Like I said, it seems to have calmed down for now, but I'm not sure about going back to polishing right away. I might cut up some tennis balls and duct tape 'em to the handle or something. All I know is once the trigger sets in, it's pretty much IN till you get the operation. Sometimes shots work, but they are painful.

Good luck folks and BE CAREFUL!

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Old 06-03-2005, 08:58 AM   #2
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For someone that uses his fingers for his work, that must have been really a major conceern for you (read panic). I had a similar issue with my right index finger, I had a cortizone shot in the knuckle, not very pleasant, but better than surgery. It has helped about 85%, the other 15% I use another finger, or work around it otherwise.
Hopefully the swelling will go down, and you will be back to polishing again shortly. Does the polisher you are using have a "lock on" button you can depress, to help with the trigger?

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Old 06-03-2005, 09:44 AM   #3
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Yikes, that sounds bad! Good luck, take a break (the trailer, last we looked, was spectacular anyways)!

One thing that strikes me--would using a differently configured polisher help? Or is it just the pressure?

Sounds like an opportune time to develop an interest in something else--how does interior furnishings, electrical repairs or plumbing strike you?


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Old 06-03-2005, 10:12 AM   #4
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Call the Doc that did the surgery. A month off is not too long compared to the recovery from the surgery. Then when you go back to it switch from righty to lefty every few minutes. The older you are the more likely you'll have problems.
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Old 06-03-2005, 10:27 AM   #5
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Question Old ?

Airstreamers never get old ... they just develop 'Rear-End-Sag' !
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Old 06-03-2005, 11:48 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by driftwood
Airstreamers never get old ... they just develop 'Rear-End-Sag' !
And if you mention Rear End Sag to your significant Airstreaming other, it could lead to separation problems...
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Old 06-03-2005, 03:40 PM   #7
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being a guitar player, I know how it feels when the fingers or hand has issues. I tend to do way too much and beat my hands up badly. Today I cut the crap out of one finger using my back saw to trim some molding. And of course I am doing a gig tommorow. Luckily its in a spot that won't affect the playing much.
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Old 06-03-2005, 10:25 PM   #8
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Soooo True~!

Originally Posted by driftwood
Airstreamers never get old ... they just develop 'Rear-End-Sag' !
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here is a tip for you guys.

if you are doing manual labor for extended periods of time take a break every half hour and stretch your hands in the other direction.

for instance, if you have the "death grip" on the cyclo, push your hands together like you would if you were praying. hold it for a min or two to stretch the tendons back the other way.

i have been doing a lot of underground cable splicing lately and it is very hard on the hands. so much so that it wakes me up in the middle of the night too. the stretching does help some.

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I use the hot water in one sink, cold water in the other routine in the kitchen. Put my hands in the ice cold water and count to 30, then the reasonably warm, back and forth for 5 times per side on the cold, 6 on the hot when my hands go crazy. Learned that from my arthritis doctor. It has helped quite a lot. I do find that after several evenings in the shop working on something I'm rather committed to finishing that my ability to grasp anything tightly is impaired for a while. Oh yeah, and as for the sagging rear end, when I said something to my wife about that a bunch of years ago I didn't see her for a couple of days. Mind you, I didn't see much of anything, it took that long for the swelling to go down!


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