Some time later I started having a lot of pain, and then I knew I had to get it out. The last time I had anything like that happen was during my childhood. As we ran around barefoot most of the time in my little Zululand village, my mother was used to us having thorns and other assorted things in our feet and hands.
At that time she used to buy a black sticky ointment in a can from the chemist shop. It was called a poultice. She would heat it in the can on top of the stove, and put a little on a piece of gauze.
Soaking the ouch!
After that it was easy to get it out with a pair of tweezers. Later, it must have fallen out of favour with my mother, because she started to soak bread in hot water, and squeeze the water out. Then the hot bread would be applied in the same way. It worked wonderfully well too. Any time there was an infection, out came the soaked bread and it would just clear everything.
So anyway, when I had this glass bit in my foot I knew what to do. I went to the pharmacy, and asked for a poultice. The young woman looked at me as though I'd asked her for the moon. She had never heard of such a thing. Neither had the pharmacist!
I felt so humiliated and unsure of myself after this. It didn't occur to me to do some online research, but since then it's been interesting to find out there are still poultice versions around. They're mostly used for horse injuries, but some folks do use them for their own injuries.
I tried the bread thing, but the bread did nothing. I guess the flour or something must have changed in the intervening years too.
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I'm still wondering why poultices aren't used? It would save a lot of money and pain.