Linda is the host of Stream Of Consciousnesses Saturday!
Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “nail.” Use it as a noun or a verb. Have fun!
Holy Moley, the prompt today reminded me of yet another disaster during 6th grade. Sixth grade was my year of medical disasters. The blog on that drama is here. If there was a way to be injured, it happened to me during 6th grade. I think I blanked this one out of my mind.
Not long after the baseball incident, I was goofing off with a friend in the open construction area across the street from my house. My younger sibling, being an amateur pyromaniac, was trying to light some wood on fire with a hand lens. My friend and I were picking up small wood pieces to help in the trouble making. As usual, I was barefoot. The pile of debris was full of nails, but I was sure I knew how to avoid them. Guess what?
I stepped on a nail and it went two or three inches into my foot. I screamed and cried and swore up a storm. My sibling and my friend had to link arms to make a seat to carry me back home. I cried like a baby. There was no being brave this time. My mom pulled the nail out and took me to the ER. I wondered if Mom was mad at me because this had been an expensive medical year. I apologized repeatedly for not listening about wearing shoes.
In the ER I was given a tetanus shot. They told me I was going to have to stay off my foot for weeks. I was given crutches, but I had no idea how to use them. I didn’t know about putting the pressure on the wrists and not your shoulders. Boy did my underarms hurt.
Supposedly, every cloud has a silver lining. This one did for sure. My school was doing a fund raiser, as they did back in the day. We were selling candy bars. I can’t remember the cost but no where near as high as it is now. I went door to door with my crutches selling candy bars. I sold more than I had ever done before. The most profitable days for me were rainy days. Imagine an 11-year-old kid, drenching wet, on crutches, with a bag full of candy bars for a fund raiser.
PS: I looked for a picture of me on crutches but couldn’t find it.