A week or so ago I was watching Big Love when suddenly my big toe starting crying out in pain. It was puffy, red and tender. At first I thought something had bit me; I could see "fang marks" that in hind-sight was obviously the entry point. The pain just came on so suddenly, to me it was the only logical cause at the time.
Well, a few days later it was clear that it was NOT a bite but a thing. My toe was still tender and I could feel that there was something stuck in there. So I dug a small hole but painfully, I was not able to retrieve anything but flesh.
I allowed my toe to heal a few days and tried again. Dug deeper to no avail.
I let a few more days go by. I was holding out hope that the foreign object would just magically come out on its own but it was clear that was not going to happen. I knew I had to do something. I just couldn't continue to walk around with this dull ache in my big toe! And I definitely didn't want to have to get a professional to dig it out. So I let my toe soak in warm water for about 20 minutes and then began excavating.
After about 15 minutes, I pulled this out:
No, not the safety pin, that small staple looking thing. I was SHOCKED when it started to come out. I always figured it was a grain of sand... never did I think it was metal! It was a fluke that I was even able to grab the end of it, pulled it out half way, freaked out that there was still more to pull out, took a deep breath and pulled the rest of it out. o.m.g.
Thank goodness for that tetanus shot in December.