9/4/15 A Split Second Can Turn Your World Upside Down 

As some of you have already heard, and some are just finding out now, on Aug 2nd Ric Steinke had an accident at home with a table saw. It resulted in him losing his pinky finger on his left hand, a slashed and fractured index finger, and the other fingers and thumb all cut/slashed and needing stitches. He has since gotten the stitches out, and is wearing a splint on the index finger for a while yet, and will probably lose that nail. Luckily he does have most of the feeling and movement (although stiff & limited) in all of the remaining fingers, and the tendons are all OK, and he is seeing a hand therapist once a week. We were so thankful that it wasn't worse.

We are fortunate that Xanterra, the Yellowstone Park company that Ric has worked for the past 20 years, with the chuckwagon cookout, agreed to hire Linda on, so she could either finish out the season for him or with him for his two days a week. As it turns out, he is able to play harmonica while Linda plays guitar and both sing. The season ends next week, but we are glad to have the work. We've had to cancel all of our other jobs, as well as our fall tour as we're not sure what shape his hand will be in by then. He has every intention of playing guitar again, but  will probably be able to hold a steel bar to play steel and dobro before he can press down on guitar strings. 

Since we had to cancel our fall tour, which usually allowed us to attend the Western Music Association annual convention in Albuquerque, we're sorry to say we won't be able to be there this year, and will sure miss seeing all of our friends there. 

Several friends have asked where they can contribute to help with medical expenses and loss of wages, we will keep you posted on that. 

We sure appreciate everyone's prayers, encouragement, and kind words to help us throught this. 

 

 

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