Wow, and I get upset about a bit of a bang or a paper or aluminum foil cut!
My heartfelt sympathy to all who have suffered real injuries.
Despite having nothing catastrophic happen to my hands (thank goodness!), I have had a number of repetitive use (or maybe just overwork) issues. I have had surgery on two fingers and a thumb to release tendons that had gotten stuck in the ring of bone they pass through (consists of opening up the circle of bone) to relieve "locked thumb" and "locked finger". On the same thumb whereI had surgery for the stuck tendon I had another surgery to remove an arthritic node that was hurting like heck. That thumb (the right one) has a lump where the tendon was released and an even uglier lump where the arthritic node was removed but the thumb does not hurt and the mobility seems fine.
I think I may have said this before, but I was told by my family doctor that all hand injuries/surgeries should be handled by a plastic surgeon specializing in hands because of the incredible complexity of the bones, muscle, tendons, blood vessels--hands are truly a wonder to behold!