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Old 04-09-2008, 10:49 AM   #1
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Paid $20 to remove a splinter!
Yes, really.

Took our 4 year old dd to the playground the other day...one of those huge treated wood monstrosity of a "fun zone" kind of places. (It's ugly, but good golly...it's wicked fun!). Dd was chasing me up the stairs to the slide and wouldn't you know it...got a big ole splinter in her thumb. Two seconds after we got there!

When we got home later, we tried the old peroxide trick (with little slivers, just pour peroxide over it and it will bubble the sliver out!), but her splinter was to big (think triangular and we couldn't find the opening to get it out).

Dh and I sat on the floor with dd and tried to get it out with a needle and some tweezers, but she was hysterical and freaked out every time we tried to touch it. So we made an appointment with our family doctor.

HE USED A SCALPEL! And she didn't even flinch or whimper.

Stinker! It cost us a $20 copay to get it out, and everyone thinks we're nuts for taking her to the dr for a splinter, but hey, it had to come out. You can't just leave it in there.
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Old 04-09-2008, 10:55 AM   #2
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Hey you gotta do what you gotta do. When I would get splinters my dad would have to hold me down while my mom used the tweezers to get it out since I would completly FREAK out! The neighbors probably thought my parents were beating me or something.
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Old 04-09-2008, 11:48 AM   #3
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Lol... y'know at times it's just how it goes... there i am in the kitchen as a child, crying because i got a splinter, and I start crying even harder when my dad approaches me with the tiniest, thinnest of sewing needles... he may as well have been holding a sharpened axe...

"Owowowowowowowowowowowowwwwwww" I go
"But I haven't even touched it yet" says Dad...
"Nooooooooooooooooooooooo!" Say I...
"All done" says Dad
"What?" Says me...

bless him! Sometimes it's just the thought of it more than the actual pain. Right?! Lol...
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Old 04-09-2008, 12:56 PM   #4
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When my brother and I were kids, our dad would use a needle-nose pliers to pull out our extremely loose baby teeth. We would get so anxious about as he gripped that little tooth and counted 1, 2 .. 3! And it only took a couple times to figure out that it was pulled out by 1 or 2!! (Painless as could be...)
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Old 04-09-2008, 01:08 PM   #5
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my kids get them and you just get the tweezers and peroxide out and they go crazy...then your are trying to hold them and the tweezers and it's a big ol' mess...I don't blame you

we would get them growing up and wouldn't tell mom or dad...and then of course the skin would grow over and dad would approach us with his pocket knife ...it would have been so much easier and you would think that we would've learn this early on too (didn't)...to just let them know when we first got them...
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Old 04-09-2008, 01:15 PM   #6
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$20 is worth the sanity of getting it out safely. Been there done that. Daughter believed in her pediatrician so much I think she would have let him cut her arm off w/out a thought.
She had this splinter. Wouldn't let me touch it. Wouldn't let grandparents touch it.. so.. off to the Dr.. he had it out in 1 minute.. but made a big deal of how big a girl she was.. Big bandage..lol the whole deal.

He whispered to me afterward when I was stating I could have removed it.. .. it is the "Dr" factor.. I'm trained.. lol
I gave him a hug and he lol.
It was worth the co-pay.. had to do it a few times, and worth not having to try to hold a crying screaming child.
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Old 04-09-2008, 05:26 PM   #7
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The "Splinter Fairy" removes all of the splinters at our house
Crazy I know, but when my son had a splinter he would rather keep the splinter than allow us to get it out. We clean it and then the "Splinter Fairy" comes to get it while he sleeps (He is a deep sleeper!) You always know when the Splinter Fairy has been to you house because she leaves a Bandaid.
Now if the Splinter Fairy wasn't able to get out the spinter, I would gladly pay $20.
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Old 04-09-2008, 05:43 PM   #8
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Better to pay $20 and get it out now than $100 at the ER when it gets all infected and really painful...
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Old 04-09-2008, 10:09 PM   #9
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Aww. Sounds like me when I was little. We had these tweezers specifically for splinters that had a little magnifying glass attached. I would have completely flipped if my dad ever used a needle.
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Old 04-09-2008, 10:26 PM   #10
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Legally, as a nurse, I cannot remove a splinter that does not have a clear end sticking out, as a Mom, I can do my best.

I had one of my staff come to me with a BIG deep splinter in his thumb
told me he did not CARE, just take it OUT
I used my Cuticle scissors to get TO it, then just lifted it out of the notch. He said it hurt more to let go of it to SHOW me, than for me to actually take it out.

He trusts my medical advice now, we are buddies
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