Third try for country girl

Okay, this is the third time I’ve tried to write this post. After two failed attempts on Saturday and Sunday I’m very fed up with WP. It is supposed to save my drafts, and once upon a time I could always find them. Now I don’t even remember how or what I was talking about, but the drafts are gone. Part of the disappearance can be traced to my hitting a wrong button somewhere but not all of them. Even if I hit something the draft should not be affected.

So, one more time.

I tried to use “You can take the girl out of the country” as the title, because I grew up running around barefoot. Hence, you can take the girl out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the girl”! To this day — rather, until Saturday, I run around the apartment in socks only. Last week I noticed my foot was swelling, so I started doing what I usually do — pick at it myself and then ignore it, hoping it would go away. Well, sometimes it does. Not this time though. By Friday there was some serious pain in my foot. I called my son for a ride to an Urgent care facility, kinda knowing it should be x-rayed. He was working the cattle on the farm and didn’t get the message til late, so we decided he would take me on Saturday morning. And on the way, I casually said “I won’t be surprised if they find a needle in there”. JINX! Got there, they did the x-ray and the technician turned to me with a puzzled look on her face and told me it looked a lot like a sewing needle was embedded in my foot. I had to laugh at that one. That’s usually the way I find needles and pins that I drop, unless they are in my chair and I sit on them. It was usually a joke, but not this time.

The doctor, who had told me I would need a wound care specialist at first came back in and told me I would have to go to the ER. And I had so hoped to avoid the hospital. That’s where sick people go! I just have a needle in my foot! Hmmm, maybe that means I really am sick. A needle that they told me had been in there for a few weeks? I always knew I was crazy, but really, aren’t we all in some way? Personally, I enjoy my form of crazy!

So, okay, in the ER and my son was allowed to stay with me but my daughter-in-love got to go shopping. I should have traded places with her, done the shopping while she waited those long hours for someone to come in and see if I was still alive. Not that I want her to get a needle in her foot, just all that waiting on a hard bed in an uncomfortable position.

Finally, about four hours later, they came! Armed with the tetnus shot I needed, a surgical pack, and another needle about a foot long to deaden the toe area where the needle went in. And also some tweezers! I won’t elaborate on the next hour or so. Mike went out to get some lunch, and suffice to say I wish I had gone with him.

The end results were the needle is still in there. It’s in too deep to get out with tweezers. Hopefully it will work its way out on its own, but worst case, I have to have it cut out after a round of antibiotics does some magic. I hope it does some magic, anyway. Now to decide who to call for the surgery part if it stays put. for some reason they always think everyone has a surgeon for every condition, a specialist for each different condition, a GP, cardiologist, opthomoligist, probable a psychiatrist in some cases — like a person who gets needles stuck in her foot. Whatever happened to the old country doctor who took care of the whole person? Bet there are a lot of people out there who don’t even know that was ever an option. But I remember mine. Dr Threlkeld. I think that’s the correct spelling. It’s been a long time. He did it all and charged $5 for doing it. I’m still paying off last year’s broken leg and now I’ll have this as well. And I don’t even want to know how much this one will be.

Anyway, to sum it all up, I’m now an uptown girl, wearing shoes while I’m awake and up. And today I spent an hour or so picking pins up off the floor. I also spent a few hours dropping those pins while sewing, so it all worked out. If I got them all, that is.

Just hope I don’t find any more the hard way. Now some of the country is gone out of this country girl!


20 thoughts on “Third try for country girl”

  1. Hello Angela. Sorry to hear about this. You really don’t need a lecture from me, but yes wear your shoes. Ron also has MS and neuropathy. Ron hates to wear shoes. However he does now when he knows I am looking. Every time he hurts his feet I ask the same question which drives him crazy, “Bet you wish you had your shoes on don’t you”? After 31 years together he is starting to get the hint. Hope you get the needle out soon and your foot is better. Hugs

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    1. Thanks Scottie. I guess I have learned that lesson, especially since it’s not the first time I’ve had needles in my feet. Usually I find them when I take my sox off at night, but this time it had to already have been embedded. I’ve almost decided to make an appointment with the foot doc I went to when I broke a toe several years ago and it became infected. Now that I think about it, it was the same toe as now. I’ve started holding my sewing over a freezer container when I work now to hopefully catch the needles and pins I drop. Too bad it took me so long to find out, and to find out the hard way at that!


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  2. Ouch! My dad had neuropathy and had stepped on an insulin needle. He ended up having surgery… He became much more careful and stopped trying to detach the needles from the syringe! Any way I’m very sorry you are having pain. Hopefully the needle will work its way out and you won’t have an infection…

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    1. I already have an infection. That’s why I went to the clinic to find out what was causing it. I had a feeling it was a needle since I’ve stepped on them so many times, but I was always able to pull them out before. This time it didn’t work out so well. I really think the needle was in my shoe and when I put the shoe on it worked its way into my foot. I’ll never know for sure though. But I’ve learned my lesson and hope I never forget it. I’m sure receiving the bills will keep me updated for sure.


  3. You don’t do things by halves do you Angie, I know you are not going to change the habits of a life time and stop dropping pins and needles.. But please wear footwear…. Sending healing thoughts your way and I hope the needle does exit on its own….
    Sending Love and hugs your way and ” Watch your step! lol.” … Big hugs and take care Angie ❤

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    1. Oh Sue, you know me so well! I’ve been wearing shoes since Saturday and my feet are screaming at me for some air. Feet are still shoved securely in them but I sure would love to have them touching the floor again. And today I haven’t dropped anything on the floor — well, nothing that will injure me, that is. I hope. sometimes the most innocent looking things can cause the most harm.
      Love and hugs coming your way Sue. 👍❤💖

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  4. Thanks Keith. I agree about going barefoot, but when that woman has been butterfingered most of her life I guess she should give up that luxury in favor of safety. At least there are no swellings, or streaks of red running up my leg! Yet.

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    1. Angie, I cannot do anything about the butterfingers, but my wife will take her shoes off pretty much anywhere she visits. She would never be accused of putting on airs. Keith

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  5. I remember that song. Since there is always a song running around my brain maybe that was the one I kept humming at the time. I think you are right about it being Peter and Gordon, but now will have to check it out on Google. Thanks a bunch! And the song is beginning again in my head! Some days I just can’t win. At least I can still find the humor in it and laugh it off. I would be rolling on the floor now if not afraid there is another needle hiding somewhere in the carpet.


    1. Wow! my computer is going all over the place at the moment.
      I wish I could say the needle had worked its way out but unfortunately it remains embedded. I guess it’s time to call a podiatrist to see if he can help


  6. Googled it Keith. Needles and Pins was written by Sonny Bono and Jack Nitzsche, and sung by Jackie DeShannon, The Searchers, Smokie, Del Shannon, Tom Petty & tha Heartbreaker with Stevie Nicks, and Crack In The Sky. But no mention of Peter and Gordon. Wouldn’tcha know it! Jusr in case you like a bit of trivia at times. Have a good day.


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