a little late but i thought i would share this story.. last year while coming back into the dock
, i stepped off as usual, tidied up at bit and was fiddling with some rigging
. while i believe flip flops on a sailboat are a no no ( lines between feet and flop ) i was barefoot. i hop off and start cleaning
her up with the hose talking to a fellow boater and as im walking backward i feel the sensation i had just stepped in hot sticky summer heated gum because my foot was stuck to the walkway. i pulled it up took one step and felt a shooting pain up halfway to my shin. i hobbled over to a bench but couldnt see anything so thinking i had stepped on a peice of glass, nail , etc etc i took another step, this time hurt just as much. i went home expecting to find glass that had made its way under my skin, only to realize it was a splinter. now when i say spliter it had the diamater of an eraser head
of a pencil and was barely visible. i went to visit my mom at the hospital she works at because at this point i knew it wasnt going to work its way out, and i certainly wasnt going to practice home surgery on myself. drs say its really deep and were going to need to numb you up... how bad could this thing be?! they cut me heel open enough to get a solid grip and after a few seconds pull a splinter about 3 inches in length! not a horror story but sucked none the less. the combination of dragging my foot and the splintered walkways of the marina were so sharp i didnt even feel it go in. next day i was fine but i still remember the dr saying, you came to the er for a splinter? after wards was followed by, well , technically speaking its a splinter, but more along the lines of a peice of lumber!