Friday, January 23, 2015

Sometimes You Read the Darndest Things

I was doing a web search last evening, a search that had nothing whatsoever to do with school girls, surgeons, pins, rheumatism, or Pennsylvania when I happened upon this, from sixty-seven years ago.

Surgeon Removes 13 Headless Pins From Leg of School Girl
KIRKSVILLE, MO.  Dr. Paul R. Koogler, surgeon-in-chief at the hospital of Kirksville college of osteopathy and surgery, said he had removed 13 or 14 headless pins imbedded in a leg of Mary Serena Beach, high school junior, of Sigourney, Pa. Miss Beach registered at the hospital with symptoms of rheumatism. Pictures disclosed the pins, which the girl could not explain.
 Jeffersonian (Jeffersontown, Ky.), April 4, 1947

And sometimes you witness something just as weird.

It was, I think 1948 or about a year after the needled leg incident in Missouri.  This happened in Colorado.  Al, a lad of fourteen, was an attendee at a camp, escaping Kansas for a week or ten days in Colorado's scenic surroundings. 

Suddenly one evening he reported to a camp counselor with an extremely swollen hand and excruciating pain.  Clearly, a trip to the emergency room at the local hospital was required.  The surgeon ascertained that some foreign object was embedded in the flesh at the base of the thumb.  The offending intruder was surgically removed and proved to be the tip of a pair of sewing scissors, perhaps an inch in length.  Now, how did that happen?

The boy told this tale.  Many months ago, nearly a year ago, in fact, he and his sister had gotten into a contretemps, the upshot of which was a stabbing inflicted to the hand by the sibling.  "We knew the scissors had broken, but we couldn't find the missing piece."

Nasty, rusty thing.  Successful treatment for the infection, though, and the wound eventually healed.

10 comments:

lotta joy said...

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vanilla said...

Lotta Joy, thank you for joining us here. Hope I can provide bits of interest. I enjoy the WITLESS RELOCATION PROGRAM. Keep up the good work!

Secondary Roads said...

Life is strange. People are stranger. I'm glad we're not strangers.

vanilla said...

Chuck, Yes. Yes. And YES!

Grace said...

I wonder if my elder male sibling still has the lead pencil point imbedded in his hand from when I stabbed him lo these 58 years ago...

vanilla said...

Grace, yikes! What is it with sislings and sharp objects?

Grace said...

First off you have to understand I am half-Sicilian, the other half is Neapolitan - similar but different. Sicilians and knives, a natural match-up. Historically I am not allowed to have sharp objects but I am also known to throw things...and I do not throw like a girl!

vanilla said...

Grace, got it.

Sharkbytes said...

Not sure how I missed this post. A family tale states that one of Granny's brothers (I've forgotten which one) stepped on a needle, but they could never find it, and it wasn't bothering him. Months later it emerged from his thigh.

vanilla said...

Sharkey, glad you came back and found this, for it gives me yet another tale of foreign object residing in human flesh only to reappear much later.