A small piece of glass that was stuck in my foot has finally worked its way to the surface and I was able to remove it. I’m blogging this so that anyone who finds them self in a similar position will hopefully feel a little more confident that given some time, the glass should work its way out. Of course you should seek the help of a medical professional or try and remove the glass or splinter yourself as soon as possible, but in my case even that was not enough to get the small shard out. What follows is the details of my experience.
Four and a half months ago I stepped on some glass from a broken fruit juice bottle. It was in an awkward spot for me to get at so I asked a couple of my family members to see if they could get the glass out using a pin and some tweezers. They were able to remove one piece, but I could tell there was a small piece still inside the wound. So in the evening on the day it occurred, I went to the emergency room at a local hospital to get the remaining piece removed. The doctor on duty dug around in the wound for a while and after some time decided that the piece had come out whilst she was wiping the blood away from the area. I wasn’t convinced but the doctor seemed pretty sure there was no more glass in the wound.
Over the following months I experienced intermittent pain and varying degrees of discomfort coming from the area where the glass was embedded in my foot. The small hole never healed completely. I kept the wound covered with medical strips/plasters and regularly applied a disinfecting ointment and kept the area clean.
Today when I removed the medical strip covering the wound and brushed my finger across the hole, I felt something hard at the surface. I was able to grab the object between my fingernails and a small shard of glass slid out.
I am extremely relieved! Some days it was painful when I was walking around. There were times when I would feel accute pain coming from the wound as the glass cut me. This was usually when I shifted my weight in an unusual way. I have been in a tropical climate for a while now, so I was starting to get worried about the wound not healing. But hopefully it will heal up fine now that the remaing glass shard is gone. Result!