Sorry to hear about your accident.
As a retired safety engineer, I have a few questions for the sake of improving public safety.:
1. What lessons did you learn from your accident, which might prevent it from occurring in the future?
2. Why were you given so much medical leave? For example: Did you get an infection from the wood sliver puncture? With a finger injury such as you experienced, you might have at least taken restricted work, sorting mail, licking stamps, etc.?....to help out your employer and fellow workers with their workload.
3. How are you doing in your recovery?
In any event, glad you survived the ordeal. It could have been much, much worse! Take Oliver Cromwell's case for example:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oliver_Cromwell's_head
What Makes an Elder? :
A head of gray hairs doesn't mean one's an elder. Advanced in years, one's called an old fool.
But one in whom there is truth, restraint, rectitude, gentleness,self-control, he's called an elder, his impurities disgorged, enlightened.
-Dhammpada, 19, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.