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Old 08-20-2011, 08:03 AM - Thread Starter
 
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So a couple months ago I decided to rip up the carpet in our nursery in anticipation of installing laminate wood flooring in there.  Well, needless to say, the tack strips and staples are still in the floor.  I got the bright idea this morning to start to pull up the tack strips. 

 

And then I poked myself in the thumb with a nail!  Then I went to get up to go to the bathroom to put some tea tree oil on it, and stepped on a freaking nail or staple and it went in my foot!  It wasn't deep; neither of them were, but it still scared me.  And now I'm like OMG I am going to get tetanus!!  So then I proceeded to go to the bathroom and cry for 10 minutes because I am now bleeding in two spots, I threw out my back this morning by SNEEZING, and now I can't freaking do anything around the house. 

 

I put tea tree oil on it and hopefully that will be good.  Any other suggestions? 

 


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Soak them in epsom salt.  

 

I'm glad you mentioned tea tree oil, because I wouldn't have thought of that.


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Great idea! I will do that.  :)


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It's a very good thing that they bled. Tetanus is an anaerobic bacteria so it really thrives on deep puncture wounds that don't bleed. Plus, it is extraordinarily rare and mostly found on farms and such. I really wouldn't worry about tetanus from a carpet tack. 


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Thanks so much! I think my pregnancy hormones are making me crazier than normal. ;)


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Aw, I'm sorry that happened :( I freak out about EVERYTHING while pregnant, too. If it's any consolation, when I was 19 I was helping my dad board up windows for a hurricane that was headed our way, jumped over the fence to grab something in the back yard and had a nail go pretty deep into my foot. It was old and gross, sitting outside in the backyard from who-knows-what. Obviously with a category 4 hurricane headed our way THAT day, I didn't go to the hospital. I never ended up with tetanus, thank goodness. And I'm sure that was much yuckier than your carpet. The tea tree oil is a great idea, and I will definitely remember epsom salt for any future accidents like that. 


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It's a very good thing that they bled. Tetanus is an anaerobic bacteria so it really thrives on deep puncture wounds that don't bleed. Plus, it is extraordinarily rare and mostly found on farms and such. I really wouldn't worry about tetanus from a carpet tack. 



what she said.


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