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Ouch - I stepped on a nail

(27 Posts)
kid Tue 11-Jan-05 21:06:07

I was clearing all sorts out of my garden and I stepped on a nail. It went right through my boots and into my foot. It bled a little bit so I sprayed Savalon on it and put a plaster over it. I have a major phobia of needles and I know I am not covered by tetnus. (There is a very small chance that I did have a tetnus 6.5 yrs ago). If it is going to get infected, how long will this take. Also, what can I do about the pain? It is so hard to walk on, I actually want a pair of crutches but DH just laughs! I know I am a big wimp, but unless you have ever done it, you can't know how painful it is!

SPARKLER1 Tue 11-Jan-05 21:09:02

Ouch. You say you don't like needles?? You should get it checked out and have an updated Tetanus if the doctors says it requires. Don't want to scare you but you could need more than a needle if you don't get it checked. xx

kid Tue 11-Jan-05 22:07:45

I will phone the Dr's in the morning. I did try to phone them today but they were engaged for over an hour (honest, I did try!)
I keep spraying the savlon on it, the wound looks as if it has closed already, but it feels very bruised. I'll keep my fingers crossed that I am already covered by a tetnus. When I have needles, I cry and pass out !

SPARKLER1 Tue 11-Jan-05 22:08:23

See what the doctor says. It's best to be safe. Let us know how you get on. x

nailpolish Tue 11-Jan-05 22:10:01

omg! you sound so laid back by this...see a dr 1st thing in the morning...if it was me i would do it immediately tbh

pixiefish Tue 11-Jan-05 22:11:52

I did this when I was about 10. My brother and I were dissassembling a rabbit hutch and ouch I stood on a nail.

It took ages to heal and I had to have a tetanus jab as it was a rusty nail.

I also had a lump in my foot at the injury site for about 15 years

kid Tue 11-Jan-05 22:12:20

I really do hate needles, when I had DD and DS, I had c-sections. That part I didn't mind but when they tried to take a blood test, I really went into one!
I am trying to convince myself it will go away by itself. My MIL looked at it and she thinks I might get away without a needle, or maybe she is just saying that to makeme go Dr's and once I'm there they might make me have the needle?
Why do I have to be so scared of injections

kid Tue 11-Jan-05 22:13:50

The nail I trod on wasn't rusty. It has been holding a poor excuse of a shed up for God knows how long but it was definatley shiny silver! Does that make any difference?!

nailpolish Tue 11-Jan-05 22:14:00

if i was you i would be more afraid of having tetanus than any effing needle

kid Tue 11-Jan-05 22:14:23

Can you tell I'm desperate not to have a needle!

pixiefish Tue 11-Jan-05 22:14:26

kid- try and think that one little injection now is better than any treatment you could end up needing if it goes septic and you end up with lock jaw

nailpolish Tue 11-Jan-05 22:14:27

doesnt have to be rusty, sorry!

hercules Tue 11-Jan-05 22:14:46

Go,Go,go and get a tetanus asap!

kid Tue 11-Jan-05 22:33:21

Right - I have decided that first thing tomorrow, I will go and put my name down for the Dr to phone me. I can check if I am covered and if not ask if I need to have a tetnus. If the Dr says I do, then I will get it done tomorrow. Might not be able to get online after though if I have a sore bum

nailpolish Tue 11-Jan-05 22:36:17

you will probably be told to get one. i really think you should get it done tonight. tetanus is serious

kid Tue 11-Jan-05 22:42:54

I know tetnus is serious, I didn't think my wound was that serious though. I have never done anything like this before so I have no experience. I will go and see a Dr in the morning. I was meant to be going out but that can wait till Thursday. I'm going to be brave. I'll have to be really, I have to take DS (2.9) and DN (1.1) with me to the Dr's.

hercules Tue 11-Jan-05 22:44:34

It's not how bad the wound is that counts. It's the soil i think?

nailpolish Tue 11-Jan-05 22:44:57

sorry didnt mean to nag. really sorry. hope you get on ok at the docs, let us know. its hard having to take children with you the doctors, they can hold your hand if you need a jag tho.

kid Tue 11-Jan-05 22:48:47

I don't feel that I am being nagged. I really do appreciate the advice. I told DH, in-laws and my parents and they are not really sympathetic! Not that I'm after sympathy!
I will let you know what the Dr says.
If I hadn't got this replies on MN I probably would have just left it but been secretly worrying like mad!
So a big THANKS

SPARKLER1 Wed 12-Jan-05 11:22:24

Kid - how did the appointment go??? Did you have to endure the dreaded injection??

rickman Wed 12-Jan-05 11:26:19

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SPARKLER1 Wed 12-Jan-05 11:28:44

rickman - that's horrible.

NameChangingMancMidlander Wed 12-Jan-05 11:29:29

[wincing emoticon]

Go get a tetanus jab ! Listen to np !

rickman Wed 12-Jan-05 11:33:04

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kid Wed 12-Jan-05 13:36:41

Well, I've been to the dr's and I was very brave!
She said it didn't look infected but I should have the jab just incase. I told her I usually pass out and cry when I have injections so she got me to lay down. I didn't pass out but I did cry How pathetic am I?!
I'm covered for 10 years now, it didn't really hurt but I still don't like needles and I bet I don't get another booster done in 10 years time either!

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