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Old 04-17-2014, 06:28 AM   #1
Mar 2012
Waldorf, MD
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I was brewing a few weeks ago when a carboy slipped about 1" off the floor and cracked in my arms. Cut my wrist open and severed my ulnar nerve and tendons. I had surgery to join everything together, they had to open my whole arm up to round up the tendons and move my ulnar nerve to inside my elbow for more slack. $15K was the bill but luckily my healthcare covered it. I have no use of my right pinky and ive been in constant pain and nerve damage numbness since. 1 year recovery the doc says, chances are i should make a full motion and strength recovery but have sensation issues for the next few years.

Moral of the story, don't be cheap or lazy. Make wood crates or buy carry slings for all your carboys. Or even better ferment in buckets, kegs, or anything but glass. Im not here to convince everyone to boycott carboys, just realize the dangers of moving a potential butchers knife around your house. I'm making the move to sanke keg fermenters using CO2 to push the beer around.
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Old 04-17-2014, 07:11 AM   #2
Aug 2012
Gravette, Arkansas
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I hope you a speedy recovery but i do have a few questions.
Was your glass carboy Italian made?
Or was it a chinese or mexican made one?
Have you ever put hot fluids in it?
How long have you had/used that particular one?
Finally did you beat the world record for longest newly invented curse word when it happened?

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Old 04-17-2014, 07:45 AM   #3
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wish you a speedy recovery!

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Old 04-17-2014, 11:02 AM   #4
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Godspeed in your recovery! Thanks for the reminder that these things are strong but can also be fragile.
I need to find time to brew more often.

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Old 04-17-2014, 11:25 AM   #5
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Wow! Wishing you a speedy and complete recovery, man!
Who is this Rorschach guy? And why did he paint so many pictures of my parents fighting?

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Old 04-17-2014, 11:35 AM   #6
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Hope you have a speedy and full recovery.

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Old 04-17-2014, 11:36 AM   #7
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Holy crap, dude, thanks for the reminder! Best wishes on your recovery!

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Old 04-17-2014, 11:41 AM   #8
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Chicks dig guys with scars. You win!

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Old 04-17-2014, 02:01 PM   #9
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Nasty! I wish you the best in your recovery.

Get a zipper tattoo'd on that scar!

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Old 04-17-2014, 02:13 PM   #10
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Damn....that's a terrible injury. I'm sorry that it happened to you and that you have a speedy recovery.
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