Chippin' away part 2.
Still chippin'... On the second day of chiseling the slab I pulled a muscle in my right forearm. To keep going I had to learn to use the hammer and chisel with opposite hands. Having my right hand holding the chisel was a very good to way to give it some rest... the down side was that, since my left hand doesn't have quite as much control and precision, I ended up beating on my already injured hand with a hammer. I did that for two more days while Mikey moved to plastering. I would have loved to join him but I had to let my wrist heal a bit. My wrist is better but my thumb is killing me! I did get my "mark of Kenya" as our co-workers call it.. When I used my right hand to hammer I'd only hit myself about 10 times a day. For the first few hours of using my left hand, I'd hit myself about every 5 to 10 minutes... After a while I felt as if I would collapse each time I'd hit my thumb. I eventually got better. The bruised hand is the one that gets hit with the hammer..