You know what’s stupid? Walking through your workshop barefoot after a few mojitos.
This is something I now look back on and wonder why it took me over a year to have a barefoot-related accident in my workshop. I mean… to be perfectly honest, I do a lot of work in the basement barefoot. I know better. I do. But in my defense, I was just trying to do the laundry this time.
Unfortunately, you have to walk through the workshop to get to the laundry room and the inevitable finally occurred when I stepped full force onto a construction staple while bearing the weight of an over-full laundry basket. For a second, I thought I’d stepped on a piece of glass. A familiar sharp pain in my heel. But hobbling a few steps and resting myself on the now-appreciated-for-its-convenience random toilet in the laundry room, I was able to identify the foreign object lodged in my heel as a staple. A T50 3/8″ to be precise.
This of course was followed by a “Honey, I know we were planning on going to the Farmer’s Market in the morning, but we may need to go to an Emergi Clinic for a tetanus shot.” Which was then followed by this conversation with my mother:
Me: “Hey Mom! Remember when I was applying to colleges and had to get all my shots updated?”
Mom: “Uh huh”
Me: “Tetanus was one of those, right?”
Mom: “Yes, your tetanus shot just had to be updated by the time you started.”
Me: “But it was only good for 5 years though right, so I’m probably due for another.”
Mom: “10…. honey, why are you asking about your tetanus shot? What did you do?”
Me: “It’s not bad. Really. I mean I may have stepped on something resulting in a lot of blood, but that might be the alcohol.”
Good news is that we’ve all determined a tetanus shot isn’t necessary thanks to yet another similar conversation with my veterinarian sister. Paws. Feet. Same difference. Luckily, it was a brand new staple – a reject shot out of my staple gun in a moment of “WHY WONT YOU WORK?!” Yet again, another moment reflecting on the many ways I’ve narrowly avoided a workshop accident. But the staple wasn’t rusty thankfully, so a good scrubbing and application of iodine was all that was needed. Lessons learned: 1) Clean your work space regularly. 2) Always wear shoes when walking through your work space (and especially when working in it).