ALERT - do not read the next para if you are squeamish.
So Friday night feeling groggy and ancient, I was trying to finish my log cabin quilt, feeling guilty about how little I had done this week. To make a long story short, I managed to sew right through the tip of my ring finger with the sewing machine. This is a Pfaff Grand Hobby Quilter which is a semi-industrial home machine, and I knew it was powerful but it's rather impressive to see an entry AND exit wound on opposite sides of your finger. It all happened pretty quickly and didn't even hurt much, but the needle shattered and I could only find two out of the three pieces of it. On the basis that there might still be a quarter-inch of metal needle in my finger, off we went to the A&E for an x-ray. The most painful part of the night was prizing off my wedding ring with the aid of some lubricant, so that they wouldn't cut it off. X-rays showed no needle tip (wonder where that went then, but likely DS or DH will find it soon with their feet) so they just sent me home again and said it should heal up in a week. Luckily the needle went through at the side of the nail, rather than piercing the nail, and the bone is intact. The hospital was predicting lots of swelling but so far it seems fine. I guess if you have to pierce your fingertip with something, then a tapered ultra-sharp metal needle is going to do the least damage.