WARNING: If you wash old wood floors on your hands & knees... you may end up needing some serious help. Trust me on this one.
That little "ouch" of a splinter may not seem too nasty at first, but if you continue to clean, for another 3 hours- because darnit, you're getting paid for it- your finger may lose all feeling & become very swollen. In fact, the splinter may be in SO deep you don't even see it, but baby - believe me it is there & it wants OUT!
The overdue tetanus shot may hurt, the x-rays may be a bit painful- as the finger gets stretched out, but NOTHING compares to those nasty shots to numb you up. Words may come to mind that you didn't even know were in your vocabulary. The dr. may even have to remind you to breathe.
And, let me tell you about the fear that may go thru your pretty little head when the dr. is slitting your finger open & digging that sucker out. "Is that finger REALLY going to stay numb? Really? Are you almost done in there? Did you find it yet? Just how close are you to that tendon?" And then "No, thank you, I don't want to look at the splinter yet. Please move the bloody gauze first. Thank you." and then "THAT was in my finger? No way! I wish I could take it home to show the kids, they'll never believe me!"
And then, there's the Vicodin. An hour after taking it, it all comes back... this is the medicine that had some awful side effects back in '08. We meet again..............................