The lesson for today, kids …

is if you’re going to step on a sharp metal object, do so in your bare feet.

Ahhhh ... nothing like the feel of grass beneath bare feet ... I'll probably find the one sharp rock in the field though.  Image from MagnoliaRouge.com.

Ahhhh … nothing like the feel of grass beneath bare feet … I’ll probably find the one sharp rock in the field though.
Image from MagnoliaRouge.com.

Yup, that’s what I did Saturday while moving some furniture to make room for a portable AC; as I was shifting a shelf unit into place, my foot managed to find a twisted carpet staple, which gave me a piercing I didn’t ask for. As you might have guessed, my people have magnetic feet able to find and step on the most innocuous of things.

No, I didn't take pictures of my foot, but this is pretty close to where the staple got me. Image from WikiHow.

No, I didn’t take pictures of my foot, but this is pretty close to where the staple got me. Image from WikiHow.

After cleaning and dressing the wound (and cleaning up the big blood drop on the bathroom floor), I grabbed a flashlight to search for the offending item (the overhead alone didn’t reveal the perp), which I inspected and threw away.

The extent of Luke’s concern was to come in, sniff at my foot and curl into a ball at the end of the bed. The snoring kinda pissed me off.

Since there was no rust on the staple, my first thought was to avoid a tetanus shot, but after talking to my mom the next day, I decided to go ahead and call my doc. (People, if it’s been more than five years, get the shot … it won’t hurt, and it might help.) Besides, Mom’s had chunks of two toes amputated due to infection, so better safe than sorry.

After some chatting and giggling (I found out my nickname at her office is Giggle Girl … could be worse! :-D), my doc told me that had I been wearing tennis shoes, another infection besides tetanus could be a concern: pseudomonas bacteria in the foam soles of tennis shoes, which can be carried into a puncture wound by whatever caused the puncture.

An unchecked infection could cause loss of the foot, and I’m quite attached to my duck feet, thankyouverymuch. If your doctor doesn’t ask what you were wearing (on your feet) when it happened, run … uh … or limp out and find someone else.

Providence Academy coach Austin Bivens coaches a basketball game in bare feet for the Samaritan's Feet organization. Cheerleaders for the Rogers school also went barefoot. Image from NWA Media.

Providence Academy coach Austin Bivens coaches a basketball game in bare feet for the Samaritan’s Feet organization. Cheerleaders for the Rogers school also went barefoot. Image from NWA Media.

So yeah, I’m keeping an eye on my foot for signs of infection, but I’m thanking the Lord I was barefoot.

Of course, I’m an Arkie, and we’re apparently supposed to be barefoot. Guess this is one time to embrace the stereotype …

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6 thoughts on “The lesson for today, kids …

  1. I learned years ago that bare feet are the best way to find any pins or needles that might have been dropped on my carpet. Vacuums don’t get ’em. Shoes on dozens of passing feet don’t find ’em. But one bare foot …

    Sorry to hear about your injury and glad you checked with the doctor. Take care.

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    • Thanks! I really think the members of my family have magnets in our feet … my mom and I are great at finding dropped needles, pins and nails, just not in the way you want to. 😀

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  2. One of my parents’ elderly friends used to say, “Can’t hurt; might help.” It’s a great motto. I had to get a tetanus shot a year ago. I was visiting my BFF in Texas, and I accidentally got my foot stuck on her son’s Aussi-poodle puppy’s tooth. I waited until the next day to go to the doctor because we were drinking wine, and my friend was cooking dinner. I didn’t know about the other infection. I guess it’s a good thing I was wearing socks and no shoes.

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  3. Oof … I feel that pain!
    I didn’t know about the other infection either (nor did the nurse, who’s fairly new, so it was a teaching moment for her too). I think most of the times I’ve stepped on something it’s been with bare feet, so that Arkie thing works out.
    Now if the pain and tenderness in my arm will just go away so I can lift my arm again, all will be well … apparently I’m in the small percentage of people who get lingering pain after the shot. I need my kitty masseur! 😀

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