Jim, Sorry to hear about your unfortunate incident. I hope everything works out to your satisfaction.
Rod, You should not be paranoid about using the CF card in your D800. All you need to do is to focus (no pun intended) on what you're doing. The key is to remember the proper orientation of the card and insert it slowly into card slot. Above all, if you feel some resistance, don't force it. When I first began shooting dSLRs with CF cards, I placed an orange button sticker on the side of the CF card that faced the LCD. That way I always knew the correct orientation of the card.
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