In the spring of 2007 I was the unfortunate recipient of an injury cause by a damaged carbon arrow that shattered on release of the arrow. I was in the yard going to take a few practice shots before dinner and the second arrow is the one that did the damage. That day will forever be burned in my mind. After I release what happened I made mistake #2 I pulled the tail shaft of the arrow out of my hand causing more damage.
Thank goodness that my wife was home and was able to rush me to the ER. I spent about 10 minutes in the waiting room thankfully they were not busy. Then I proceeded to spend the next two hours in the back while they took x-rays and pumped me full of pain killers, which did not help at all. After determination that I needed surgery as you could see part of the arrow in my hand with your bare eyes (carbon does not show up on an x-ray). I then went into surgery for 3 hours and when I came out the surgeon told my wife that she removed 100's of pieces and fibers from my and had to stop as my hand was in too much trauma and shock to continue. When I awoke I would have what we dubbed "a club" for a left hand.
I would be drugged up for the next 3 days unable to really do anything. Two weeks later I was able to get the "club" taken off, but little did I know that was only the beginning. Started therapy right away and could not do anything with my hand for the 1st month of therapy. 16 weeks after the injury I developed alot of pain in the palm of my hand, they removed a 2" long piece of the arrow shell from my palm.
From that day forward I made leaps and bounds on my recovery. Two months later I was shooting the bow again, aluminum arrows of course. I have since moved back to carbon/aluminum arrows but I check all my arrows religiously. Between the painful injury, even more painful recovery and the high doctor bills (thank goodness for insurance). This is something that I would not to see anyone go thru. I have attached a few photos of the "club" and my hand after I got the club off. Pictures do not do much justice as my hand was swollen twice the size of normal. I have what I would call a 95% recovery. I still have some nerve damage in my thumb, feels like its asleep, but there is nothing that I cannot do.
So my tip to all you bow hunters and target shooters out there.
TWIST AND FLEX ALL ARROWS BEFORE SHOOTING AND SAVE YOURSELF ALOT OF PAIN AND SUFFERING. ARROWS ARE CHEAP!!