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  1. Jan 12, 2005 #1
    I was getting out of my truck a couple of days ago and I had a mechanical pencil in my hand. the pencil hit the door and the tip jabbed into my thigh/hip. Pulling it out of my leg seemed a bit more difficult than it should have been, but I didn't pay much attention to it. Today I can barely walk. I don't know if pencil lead dust is irritating, or if it is infected, or even if the lead broke off inside, but it really hurts.
    I'd say I've probably had my fair share of cuts,scrapes, bruises, burns, stabs, slices, smashes, bites, rips, breaks, pulls, sprains, stings, chips and other injuries. I would rate an average puncture wound about a 3 on a 1-10 pain scale, but this one has got to be a solid 7 (comparable to biting your tounge) constantly and a 9 (fingers in door) if touched.
    Those are pretty high marks for such a minor injury.
     
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  3. Jan 12, 2005 #2

    Moonbear

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    Get yourself to a doctor! To be that painful, it's probably infected. And when's the last time you got a tetanus shot? If it's that painful, don't wait, just go to the ER and get it checked out immediately. If it's infected, it's better to get on antibiotics sooner than give it time to spread.
     
  4. Jan 12, 2005 #3
    lol, I'm covered on the tetanus shots, believe me. I'm even covered for rabies. I'm self medicating my self now with extra strength neosporin and if worse comes to worse I've got a bottle of anti-biotics strong enough to eat the paint off a Hyundai.
    I have a question I got the rabies shots a couple of years ago after a freakish bat encounter. Am I vaccinated now or would I have to go through the series of shots again in case of another encounter?
     
  5. Jan 12, 2005 #4

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    Self-medicating!???!!! First, it's a puncture wound that sounds pretty infected already to be barely touchable. That topical neosporin stuff isn't going to cut it. Second, you've got a bottle of antibiotics? How old are they? Why do you have leftover antibiotics? How do you know they are the right antibiotic for the bug trying to grow in your leg? They're probably toxic by now anyway. Get thee to the doctor! :mad:

    I don't know how often you need boosters on rabies vaccines. Since I work with farm animals, I can get the vaccine free as part of the occupational health program here. So far I've turned it down as the possible side effects didn't sound so good considering I don't work with any animals likely to be infected with rabies (more the risk of running into a rabid raccoon on a farm). But, it sounds like I should seriously consider it if I'm going to hang out around you! :bugeye:
     
  6. Jan 12, 2005 #5
    free? you get it free?
    I had to pay $7000 for mine.
     
  7. Jan 12, 2005 #6

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    I'm pretty sure it's cheaper if you don't wait until after you've been bitten by a bat to get it. It's a whole series of injections after you get a bite in case you're infected, right? I think it's just one or a couple shots if you do it as a preventative. Even if it is that expensive, I'm sure they consider it cheaper than if I sue the university for not offering it.
     
  8. Jan 12, 2005 #7

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    I'm starting to think you are the perfect man for Evo. :!!)
     
  9. Jan 12, 2005 #8

    Moonbear

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    I wonder if you can get group discounts or frequent visitor points at the ER? :rofl:
     
  10. Jan 12, 2005 #9

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    I think if tribdog and I got within a hundred miles of each other the universe might collapse.
     
  11. Jan 12, 2005 #10
    nah, if we got together the universe wouldn't collapse. I'm sure we would have a big bang though.
    I must be delirious from the toxins and fever from my wound. Moonbear, I was joking. I'm only going to bang you. lol, and people say I'm not romantic. I'm going to go to bed now I don't feel really great.
     
  12. Jan 12, 2005 #11

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    You better be joking about that fever. Maybe you should just cut off the leg, then you can't injure it anymore. :devil:
     
  13. Jan 13, 2005 #12

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    Nah. No discounts. We DO, however, give you the distinguished title of 'Frequent Flyer', though!!!!111 :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
     
  14. Jan 13, 2005 #13

    Might?

    Would. Definitely would.
     
  15. Jan 13, 2005 #14
    I thought pencils (even mechanical) used graphite these days and not lead?
     
  16. Jan 13, 2005 #15

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    I once managed to get a staple stuck in my finger with a regular desk stapler :rolleyes:

    I don't know what a mechanical pencil is supposed to be, but I wouldn't take any risks if you have an infection. I once had an abcess on my handpalm (after scratching a shell when swimming in a lake) and it was quite painful, but that completely disappeared when the doctor opened the wound :blushing: now don't start surgically opening your own leg, get it checked out!
     
  17. Jan 13, 2005 #16

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    Glad you remembered to add that last caution...this is tribdog we're talking about, no telling what he might do if led to think he could just open it himself! :eek:
     
  18. Jan 13, 2005 #17
    He'd find out what bone marrow looks like, thats what he'd do.
     
  19. Jan 13, 2005 #18
    you are a dirty rotten s.o.b.
    I've never seen my marrow and up til now hadn't thought about it. What do you think jigsaw or dremel?
     
  20. Jan 13, 2005 #19

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    Tribdog!11 Wait!!11 I've got this really cool core biopsy needle I've been waiting to play with!! It's got a trigger and EVERYTHING!!!1111 I'll be right over!!!111 :biggrin: :devil:
     
  21. Jan 13, 2005 #20

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    I'd laugh, except you just might be serious. :uhh:

    So, how's that leg doing today? I have a good bone saw if we need to cut it off. :biggrin:
     
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