A little incident happened in our home last week and although I posted it on my personal Facebook page, I have been asked by some of my fellow bearmakers to blog it, in an attempt to save others from going through a similar experience…
I come from a line of women who have always sewn for a living – my great grandmother, my grandmother, and my mother -- hence from a very early age I was introduced to pins, needles and thread. My predecessors had great respect for these sewing tools, and whenever one was found on the floor, it was as though they had found a nuclear weapon -- immediately picking it up and sticking it into its pincushion home. If a needle was dropped whilst sewing – well they would not rest until it was found!!!
But I have to admit that I am more than a bit blasé when it comes to these things and now its come back to bite me. The other day whilst sewing, I threaded my favorite doll sculptor needle and in a blink of an eye it disappeared (I’m blaming the cat). I searched for it high and low – more because it was my favorite needle than anything else. In the end I gave up and threaded another.
Two days later my baby boy (who is 21) walked into the room barefoot, I heard a yell and he had found my favorite needle embedded in the sole of his foot. To make matters worse, as he quickly pulled it out, it broke with more than half remaining inside his foot.
My peaceful morning turned into chaos with a phone call to our doctor followed by a trip to the nearest hospital Emergency Dept. The x-rays confirmed it all, but as it had gone into the foot vertically it was going to prove a challenge to remove. The doctor made a small incision and using his tools prodded and probed trying to get it out, but he only succeeded in pushing it in further. In the end he stitched him up , sent us home and this week we have an appointment with a Plastic Surgeon at another hospital where they will once again attempt to surgically remove it.
My son is on crutches, in quite a bit of pain and discomfort and all I want to do is KICK myself.
Moral of this story: Please be careful with your needles and pins, they really are lethal weapons!!!