Last week when working on my Lawnmower, (not the blade) I sliced my first finger VERY deep. t was such a nasty gouge that literally ripped every layer of skin away that my first thought was that I had to have really messed up my hand permenently. As it stands, it really hasn't caused me that many problems, I've just kept it clean and protected, and no nerves or tendons were injured, so I guess I lucked out. Here's the strange part. As most of you know, all of my income in life comes from either playing or teaching the tuba. In fact, I have a regular symphony gig that pays very well. But my first thought in my head when I looked down at my bloody hand was not of my future as a tuba player, but "Oh man, what if I can't play Bass Sunday at church" only later did it even occur to me that the injury might affect my tuba playing. I have included a picture of the injury for those who are interested. Click on the attachment to see it, as I know there will be those of you who will certainly NOT want to see it. It's not as bad in the picture as in real life, because I folded all of the separated skin back over the wound. Under that flap of skin you can see the veins and tendons just plain as day. you will also see that the area around the wound is still dirty. It took me a while to figure out how to clean engine grease off of it, but I finally did it. It's clean now and healing pretty nicely, no infections of complications so far.