Stuff do happen.. I am reminded of my great-uncle Charlie, homesteading on the Smoky Hill River in Gove County,KS in the 1880s.. got his thumb caught in a bight roping a steer..( family lore sez it was a buffalo but I dunno, stories do get better over time).. ripped that sucker right off...apparently the bleeding was not too bad.. he retreived the thumb, licked it clean, got back on his horse and rode 108 miles to the nearest doctor in Hays City where he was advised the deteriorated condition of the thumb made re-implantation impossible.. Charlie lasted another 60+ years on that homestead.. accumulated 1280 acres by outlasting contemporary homesteaders... living in the original dugout dug into the west bank of a box canyon corral, until moving into the abandoned one room "fencepost lime" school house on his property ..refused to evacuate when the area was used as an aerial gunnery range during WWII.. collected hundreds of pounds of brass in the rockfront barn on opposite side of the corral... they found his body in the school house in the spring of 1945 after he failed to pick up his mail at the Elkader post office/general store for several weeks. I visited the homestead in 1955. the dugout was till intact..found a trunk inside containing, among other things, unworn silk shirts wrapped in tissue paper sent out by his sisters in NW Missouri in the 1880s... I reckon Charlie did not have much call for silk shirts in western Kansas in those days.. one withered little peach tree was still producing a few withered little peaches.. His brother, John, my paternal grandfather, also "proved up" on an adjoining Kansas homestead at the same time.. (John did not wear silk shirts either) Charlie stayed in Kansas, my grandfather came to Oklahoma in 1902 and homesteaded again on the Kiowa-Comanche reservation when it was opened to homesteading; the final of 11 homestead acts in Oklahoma, the first being the famous 1889 run into the Cherokee Strip in northern Oklahoma...I was born and raised on that farm..as were my father and his twelve siblings..
I was recently berated for littering the non-T&F forum.. this is today's fearless litter.
lonewolf wrote:got his thumb caught in a bight roping a steer.... ripped that sucker right off...apparently the bleeding was not too bad.. he retreived the thumb, licked it clean, got back on his horse and rode 108 miles to the nearest doctor in Hays City where he was advised the deteriorated condition of the thumb made re-implantation impossible....I visited the homestead in 1955. ...found a trunk inside containing, among other things, ... one withered ....
Whew!! I really thought that sentence was going to end a little differently!
Marlow wrote:So how on earth would they write a survival scenario for him? Wouldn't he bleed out in minutes?!
People lose arms all the time in equipment/farm accidents without dying.
Yeah - I forget how often it happens in war too.
I'll have to ask my ER-doc buddy next time I see him at a hockey game, but I'm guessing the critical difference here is that all those war/farm survivors have one thing in common that Quarles didn't: a tourniquet applied fairly quickly (and perhaps also some collateral damage that seals off blood vessels). And many of those losses, I would also surmise, start out as "manglings" that are beyond surgical repair, so the actual amputation is done subsequent to that decision.
I just can imagine a clean-cut wound as far up the arm as his wouldn't lead to a relatively quick bleed-out if left unattended.
So just for giggles, I went back and reread the original short story from which Justified was crafted, Fire In The Hole. As w/ all Elmore Leonard, a great read. And I see that Leonard's latest, just out, is Raylan.
Which leads us to the question, is it true to the first book or the TV show? That's a major question, given that in the book Boyd dies, Arlo was dead years earlier and Ava is a chubby brunette.
remember when Detroit Mumford made a fortune a cuople of decades back? Eddie Murphy wore one of their t-shirts in Beverly Hills Cop. I even had one because my ex was living in Michigan at the time and sent it along.
I seem to recall there was a national-class quartermiler from Mumford... ???? (talk about getting off-topic!)