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Old 09-30-2000, 12:46 AM
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Hey all!

Sorry I've been away so long but I recently had to have surgery on my left hand due to a brake light bulb from a C280 shattering while I was removing it

Anyhow, After the fact, I read up on a service bulletin about how the reflective piece behind the bulb (top most bulb, '94-'99 C-class) comes loose and melts the bulb in the socket making removal tough. I went to grab the bulb and while I was twisting it just shattered all in my hand. Although in keeping with the Mercedes-Benz customer service standards, I did still replace the bulb for the lady (albeit with one extremely bloody hand--I used my right hand this time) and learned my lesson the hard way. Two emergency room doctors could not manage to get any of the glass out, even under a real-time x-ray or so called floroscopy. And it took 6 shots of novicaine to get my hand numb enough for them to even try. So the following Monday I had surgery (this occurred on a Saturday) and have been squeaking by as a right hand bandit for a couple weeks now. Went back to work the next day after surgery (again, keeping with a loyal commitment to Mercedes-Benz service) but would love to have some feeling back in my fingers by now! So I'm typing this one handed, and I hope it's legible! Anyhow, a lesson for everyone, PLEASE use thick gloves or alot of rags to grab any of these bulbs because this has been a major pain in the you-know-where. Ok, enough for now, I'll keep watch on the board and as soon as I'm good as new again, I'll do my damdest to help you all out once again!

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Old 09-30-2000, 03:41 AM
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Hey Aaron, you are a trooper and a real
gentleman! No negativety on your behalf
after such a bummer event.
Hope you get sensitivety back
at your fingers.
Take care!
p.s. welcome back

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Old 09-30-2000, 07:35 AM
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Sorry to hear that. it is pretty bad not to have any feeling did you sever a nerve.
feel better

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Old 09-30-2000, 08:01 AM
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I wish you well...that sucks.

I had a bulb shatter in a similar situation with me once, but somehow I remained unscathed. But I've not taken the same chance since...I've taken your sage advice.

Good luck with your recovery

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Old 09-30-2000, 09:25 AM
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Thank you for sharing your bad experience. Who knows, may be you just save somebody's hand/finger with your advice. I know I will be extremelly carefull next time I change any lighbulb.
I hope you recover 100% very soon.
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Old 09-30-2000, 09:25 AM
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.....me too, hope the finger heals real quick, imagine that must have been one painful event !
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Old 09-30-2000, 04:17 PM
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Sure sorry to learn of your accident. Hope it all heals quickly and completely now.

Here is a tip to all (perhaps): I keep a short length of heater hose on hand for removing bulbs. The rubber grips the bulb for pushing and turning and the hand doesn't come in contact with the bulb until it is loose. Has always worked, even on rusted-in bulbs. Hope this helps.

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Old 09-30-2000, 09:11 PM
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Aaron,

I hope you get back to normal soon. Health is something we take for granted until we don't have it.

Other than this major situation, how is your new job going?

Thanks for keeping us informed, and we all hope you get back up to speed soon.

Take care of yourself,


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Old 09-30-2000, 10:54 PM
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I hope you have a speedy recovery!
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Old 10-01-2000, 12:00 AM
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Bummer, Aaron. Well, glad to have you back here on the mbshop forum. With how smart you are I KNEW you had to be a lefty!



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Old 10-01-2000, 06:28 PM
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Gentlemen,

Just wanted to thank each and every one of you for your kind words! I'm slowly getting back in the normal routine but it'll be 6 months to a year before I regain feeling in my thumb. Oh well, I guess things like this are bound to happen, although I should have been smarter than I was in that situation. On another note, the new job is going excellent and we're due to leave for MB tech school in December. I've seen some amazing cars so far such as a '01 S500 with $24,000 just in options!! Hope I never have to work on that one in 20 years! I did have a pleasant surprise the other day when I walked into the shop and saw a '99 Gelandewagen G500 in my bay awaiting service. I've only ever seen one in person and I finally had some hands-on experience with one! Ok, I'll be in touch. Keep up the good work guys!


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