Sunday, November 29, 2009

Removing glass from under the skin (warning: really gross)

I removed a glass shard from my eyelid last night. It wasn't one of the best moments of my common sense, but it went well. This is something that is not advisable to do on your own, at 2 in the morning while being extremely drunk, but there was the damn piece of glass sticking out of my damn eyelid, and it was either remove it myself, or go to sleep with it (not an option), or try the emergency room in the middle of Saturday night during the high Christmas party season.

I've removed glass from my skin before, hundreds of shards, but those were fresh, and none of them was in my eyelid. This one had been in my eyelid for 18 years or so, until a couple of weeks ago it started to move from its habitual place outwards, for reasons unknown.

I whined about it to my friends, every one of them recommended seeing a trained professional, and for some reason (severe attack of sudden russiannness?) I failed to do so. I was sort of thinking of doing so. Next week. Maybe. Or maybe not.

Anyway, for more than a week now I had a little hole in my skin that wouldn't close and wasn't big enough to let that thing through, it was getting bigger and more uncomfortable, last night it was big enough for a little bit of glass to stick out, so I squeezed it the way you squeeze a zit (more carefully though), more glass came out, and I grabbed it and pulled. It came out, nothing is damaged, nothing is bleeding, and it sure does feel weird not to have any glass in my eyelid.

The glass came to be there 18 years ago, as a result of an accident (face, meet windshield, windshield, meet face). I was taken to the emergency room, the doctors put a couple of stitches where they were needed, disinfected everything that needed disinfecting, and let us home with an advice to use bacitracin ointment, which turned out to be rather good. (OK, there was a lot more trouble involved but it wasn't medical and is beside the point.)

When I got home and slept on it, I realized that my face was totally full of glass shards, and some of my scalp too. I wondered why the doctors did nothing about it, because they must have known they were there.

In any case I was not about to go back there. I took tweezers, washed them with vodka, and started pulling out whatever stuck out. The process was suprisingly painless and bloodless. After getting rid of everything that stuck out I realized that there is lots more under the skin, and that they are easy to find (those were the places where even a little pressure on top causes sharp pain). A very small amount of very intuitive experimenting showed that they can be squeezed out like acne, although more carefully, and that all there is to it is squeezing them from the directions where they are flat, not from the directions where they are sharp, and that it's very easy to figure out which is which.

After a few days of that work all the glass was out, except for the shard that came out last night (it was in the middle of a rather big wound which i didn't feel like squeezing). No more damage was done, because every piece came out exactly the way it came in, without cutting anything.

And here is the thing I've been wondering about all those years: how do the trained professionals go about removing small shards of glass from patients' skin? The procedure I have just described requires the person to feel what he or she is doing. Do the professionals just cut bigger holes? Do they have some special way of finding the glass and squeeze it out themselves?

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Mike McGuire said...

Hi Vera, My mother was in a car accident 30 years ago and is still dealing with the same thing. She has told doctors about it but they don't seem to think much of it. The crash was high speed though and in a car before the time of safety glass. Anyway, this has come and gone over the years but it has just recently reached an extreme. She is now pulling small pieces out several times a day and I am thinking maybe this is the deeper layers of skin from that time becoming exposed over time. I am hoping, as is she, that this will stop soon. Just wanted to share a similar story since I found your blog searching for ideas from others dealing with the same thing.
Take Care, Mike McGuire, NJ
subwayrat82@yahoo.com

mr_c7 said...

its been almost a month since my accident. its 300 am and i cant help but to dig in my arm for glass. i feel like a freak,but i cant help it. im under my cuts up to 2 inchs with tweezers trying to get a good enough grip on it. it seems that the skin slowly pushes the glass to the surface. but i have pieces in my shoulder that are in to my bone. it reminds me of a horror scene when i dig in my arm. anyone want a video?lol.

Anonymous said...

i broke a glass over my hand 7 years ago while washing dishes. a year and a half later, i had glass popping up from my hand. to this day, i have had glass come out of every finger on that hand and just recently, i have had glass pop out of THE OTHER HAND AND MY CHIN AND LIP! i have not gone to the dr. because i felt like i was going crazy. your story helped me feel normal, or mostly normal. it makes you feel like a wierdo and a freak. i have had the holes in my skin that do not heal until all the glass is out. it is frustrating and it makes you feel ugly. i wasd really glad to hear that i am not the only one dealing with this. thank you

jensahottmess@gmail.com said...

I have this same problem! Only in my face, chest and shoulder. (Only the one) thanks to a 80 mph rollover on the hwy. Everyone assumes I am crazy! I feel it moving under my skin, I dig pieces out with tweezers and it leaves ugly sores. Is there a way to remove it medically or hell a better way than I have been doing? I have quit digging and let them come out on their own but , still I am taken.as a crazy lady with sores. No one believes me and its embarrassing!

Joey SWAGGER said...

I broke threw a thick layer of glass with my forearm 3days ago I have little tiny holes in me when I pulled my hand out the broken window, I'm wondering the hole that's by my vein on my forearm and the stitch by my elbow if it has glass because it's been 3 days and I'm scared if I might have a glass by or threw my vein since it flooded blood once I pulled my hand out the broken window and what should I do,

Anonymous said...

This makes me feel better..was in a car wreck three weeks ago...just pulled piece of glass atleast 1/4 inch out of my cheek ...thought it was a pimple!

Janetlshepherd@yahoo.com said...

I was in an accident being thrown thru a windshield years ago. After an infections started on my chin/jaw (i landed on my left cheek and broke my jaw) I am not having glass flecks and fiber like thin strands come out of my face. It is a nightmare to say the least! I don't know if the infection caused them to surface or what. i have removed a lot with a tweezer and it feels like glass in my face. Reading this helps!!

Maggie Redondo said...

Finally an answer!!! I was in a car accident in 2003!! My scalp will break out in a little area and I will dig at it and it reminds me of ground glass!! It finally clears up!! The accident I was in broke every window in the car and pulverized glass was every where!!! I had glass in my hair, my mouth, and my nose had a big gash in it!! Which the ER stitched up!! Three days later my face swelled up and I panicked went to a different ER where they took x rays and opened up the wound and took out big chunks of glass the other ER had stitched over!!! Luckily the NP had worked for a plastic surgeon and did the stitches correctly!!!! Every so often I will find a little tiny piece of glass working out!!! Very annoying on the scalp so I guess I will put up with it!! It bleeds like someone just ground glass in my scalp!!! I am blessed to be alive so I will deal with it!! Thanks for the post!! I have been trying forever to find an answer!!!

jesse said...

Glass in arm from crash annoying waiting for surgery getting lab work done know..worryed it mite go into my vains,heard of a guy who died like that,glass made it throo his heart and died..

BullseyeAutoGlass said...

It's been a while now since the incident has occured. I hope that everything has been patched up at this point, and that you are coasting into the road with a fine-looking vehicle that is good as new. Do take care always. All the best!

Brian Gunsales @ Bullseye Auto Glass Team

Megan Timm said...

I have a piece of glass or some foreign object stuck in my lip from an auto accident I was in 12/26/14. The car was totaled, we rolled over a parked car and landed on our side. My boyfriend was driving and he was wearing a seatbelt, I was not. The front and back windshield both broke and there was glass everywhere. I broke my nose, septum, medial orbital wall, and had a concussion. It's not showing up on an xray but I can feel it and now it's infected and swollen. They gave me antibiotics but that's it. Im seeing a plastic surgeon Monday for my nose. Hopefully he will be of some help. I want it out! Please help!

Alan P. Nelson said...

My wife was once married to a man that broke a hanging shandaler light in her Face. That was over 20 years ago. He broke her arm and cut her up. He has pay the price because he died years ago. It comes out in layers depending on weather. Her face can be clean as can be but then in starts showing again and again. She fells better about it thanks to your web site.God Bless every 1 wth the Glass coming out.

Mary B. said...

I was in an accident in 1998 wheras glass was enbedded into my scalp. I begin to have headaches all the time.
I told this elderly lady about my accident and what was going on with me, what she told me to do I thought she was crazy. She told me to put salt pork onto my scalp and it will draw the glass out of my scalp. Well I didnt try this until I couldnt take the headaches anymore. I finally put the salt pork on my scalp. Yes, the headache finally stopped, but I have hair breakage in that same spot. I'm wondering is glass still in my scalp.

Kellie Bernsen said...

I have looked & looked for how to get this out of my hand. My kids broke a lightbulb and it was in with lego's I was shoving into a pile.That was 22 years ago. I had surgery back then, but another large piece was missed! Well, here we are, glass is coming out little by little from my left hand (I am left handed). Some of it is like grains of sand.It hurts very badly and I pull more out. I have gone to the E.R., who put me on an antibiotic and wrote a script. for hydrocortisone. They took anxray, no glass they said. It didnt heal in a few places, and sure enough - more glass!I went to an arrogant hand surgeon, who wrapped it up and said come back next week. Well, I didn't go back, the jerk! I am still picking it out. It's been coming up for about 6 months now. Urgggggg!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Just pulled a piece of glass out of my eyelid thats been there since 1991! As above no pain, came out clean after the area where it was began to redden and darken about a month ago. Very weird!

Maggie Redondo said...

Glass normally will not show up on an x ray ?

John Sigrist said...

I thought I had a herna that was getting bigger just below the middle of my chest. I've had that bump their for years. Recently went to the doctor and he said it was a cyst and not to worry. 3 weeks later something sharp was poking out. I squeezed and grabbed it and a glass shard came out 1/8" think and 1/2" long. I've asked relatives and thought back. Where and when did this thing get stuck in me.

John Sigrist said...

I thought I had a herna that was getting bigger just below the middle of my chest. I've had that bump their for years. Recently went to the doctor and he said it was a cyst and not to worry. 3 weeks later something sharp was poking out. I squeezed and grabbed it and a glass shard came out 1/8" think and 1/2" long. I've asked relatives and thought back. Where and when did this thing get stuck in me.

KGI said...

I was in a bicycle accident over 20 yrs ago, the injuries were more in line with a car wreck being that someone landed on my head breaking jaw ect. My surgeon gave me a container filled with rocks and said that the rest would come out around the time I went to college. He also said that he couldn't determine the amount that was left in my head. There is still glass coming out and I'm 31 yrs old. It hurts like hell, so fucking painful. Does anyone else with it embedded in scalp for 20+yrs feel this pain too? I found that tweezers usually push the glass deeper. It's exciting when it's itchy because that is when it's about to fall out. So bothersome!!! I have patches and long periods of time that I can't have my hair done because glass is coming out. I think I'm finally at my last ( and one of the largest sections ) rock/glass. Hoping this is the last but it seems like more and more keeps appearing. This is driving me nuts, I totally feel like a crazy person but know dam well that it's the street I grew up on coming out of my head! The headaches I didn't even relate till now!

Anonymous said...

I dropped a broken jar on my foot about 50 years ago - at the ER they scrubbed out the wound and put stitches in - for a few years, occasionally one of the stitch scars would turn red and puff up then a small sliver of.glass would pop out - recently .one of those stitch scars started itching and a tiny piece of glass popped out after being in my foot for.50 years! I was shocked and wondered if anyone else had had glass work it's way out after such a long time

sandeep said...

i had an accident 3 yeays back and face got hit to windshield same as you..

several small glass pieces were removed after stictches to my face during time of cleaning my face and then 2 i removed after 1 or 2 months .But one i am feeling in my inside of nostrils still it is there .what shall i do ? may be i have do go for some skin doctor to remove it.

Anonymous said...


Wow!! I'm not the only crazy person it seems. Listen to this! I re-furbished my table top with ceramic tiles and in the process broke up a few for a mosaic border..grouted it all in. That evening I pulled a few glass shards out of my leg and over a few days found some in my arms, shoulders, legs. More time passed and so much made it's self known in my scalp it was CRAZY. Thought I would go insane, took so long for that to get better. In the mean while more coming from all around my hair line. It got kind of scarey when the glass came down from my sinuses into my nostrils as splinters, then particals, then sand and now mostly sharp dust. My upper chest is scarred, my neck, my face and hairline, my shoulders and upper back, upper arms. A couple of days ago some bumping up on my tummy and hips. The worse part being..How in the heck did this sand get into my bladder and bowels???!!! What a ridiculous PAIN!!! I just don't get it! Must have shot through me like bullets, like shrapnel, like an exray...didn't even know it because I didn't feel it going in. it's been 6 months people and the old scars are bumping up with new purging uck uck uck!!! Sharp little glass dust still coming out in sleepers from my eyes every morning after sleeping for the night ARGHHHH! Raw again and waiting to see how long this goes on. Do I scratch at it to try and get this garbage out of my skin???Yep! I sure do! What would YOU do?!So I look like a zombie lady and on it goes.

Peggy Fredrickson said...


I was in an accident 43 years ago where the car rolled many times. All the windows were broken and I had glass coming out of my head and limbs for years. Now after all this time I have a sharp pain whenever I lean on my elbow...even while leaning on my pillow. I looked at it in the mirror and it is right where some of the scars are from the accident (where the glass was in my elbow).
Could more still be in there??? How do I get it out? Any ideas are welcome.

chelley lee said...

I had a car accident 28 years ago , had a small piece of glass under my ear, then couple of years ago it disappeared , only to my surprise I felt something in my mouth , ( was worried it was my filling) so spat it out in my tissue, and it was a piece of glass , exactly same size !!
Amazing creatures aren't we X

Anonymous said...

I was in a car accident 32 years ago and my face went out through the windshield and then back in. I've been having tiny shards of glass come out of my face occasionally over the years. I too experience the same reaction from people whenever I tell someone its glass from an accident 30 years ago,they look at me like im nuts. No one ever believes that's what it is.Now the last year I've continued to have the glass keep coming out of the same spot. I think it might be the spot of impact and will soon be all out. So far that's not been the case. Everyone always think it is a zit but I can tell the difference right away cuz the glass feels sharp to touch and hurts way more until I get it out then it instantly feels better! It is kinda freaky to think about there being glass embedded that deep in ur skin it takes years and years to surface. I never knew it was possible.

Unknown said...

I am having the same problem and when I went to a doctor a few years ago for it because I dug a nice spot she said there was still some in there but it would come out on it's on. (I was in a wreck 10 years ago my forehead ate window). This week it started merging from it's home which is slightly painful. No one believes me either. Its super annoyinh

Anonymous said...

I was in a horrible car accident 23 years ago and have had glass coming out of me ever since then. My scalp, eyelids, nose, face, ear, mouth, arms, legs, hands, feet, and even the tops of my boobs (vickys secret push up bras are a blessing and a curse). I have been to several doctors, allergists, dermatologists, and even a shrink and they all dismissed me. My family and friends don't believe me. Until I found this blog today, the only person to take me seriously was a hardened ER nurse who immediately recognized what was wrong and asked me if id been in a bad wreck - I didn't even start the conversation! I'm blown away by the posts I've just read. I feel like an ugly freak and people treat me like a leper, but at least for once in a very long time I don't think I'm crazy.
Thanks to all of you guys for that!!!
So now I have a question: besides digging the sparkles out, does anyone have any suggestions on how to deal with it? I'm really tired of poking myself with myself.

Unknown said...

OMG I'm so happy to hear that people have the similar stories. I was in an accident a year ago and now I am having pieces of glass in my forehead between my eyes and on my eyelid I dig for these things to come out but they're just too far in there and they hurt really bad. All my friends think I'm some sort of druggy or something with all of this scars on my face. I recently went to a dermatologist that told me to go to a plastic surgeon that told me to go to the Urgent Care that told me to go to the emergency room and then those guys told me to go back to the plastic surgeon all charging me $1,000 along the way. I am so frustrated right now I don't know what to do.

Christine Ward said...

Had a small lump on sole of my foot my whole life and never bothered me knocked the skin off the top of it when I tripped on the door step and found glass no memory of stepping on any started trying to get it out felt like foot was getting tight and one and a half years later I'm still not to the bottom of the main piece and tight feeling is now over half my foot including between the toes and sparkling bits through layer after layer of skin also some tiny fibers? Some of the sparkles look like they have color not just clear and I'm wondering if the main piece has been pulling apart as I've grown up - I'm 53 someone said might be fibreglass? I'm sick of pulling layers of skin off every night I have to keep at it as the skin is very tight and crunchy and if I leave it alone it just gets tighter and tighter

Christine Ward said...

Had a small lump on sole of my foot my whole life and never bothered me knocked the skin off the top of it when I tripped on the door step and found glass no memory of stepping on any started trying to get it out felt like foot was getting tight and one and a half years later I'm still not to the bottom of the main piece and tight feeling is now over half my foot including between the toes and sparkling bits through layer after layer of skin also some tiny fibers? Some of the sparkles look like they have color not just clear and I'm wondering if the main piece has been pulling apart as I've grown up - I'm 53 someone said might be fibreglass? I'm sick of pulling layers of skin off every night I have to keep at it as the skin is very tight and crunchy and if I leave it alone it just gets tighter and tighter

Teresa Blackston said...

I was in a very bad car wreck May 1st 1983, 9 day's away from turning 16, I prettt much lost tbe right side of my face, even though you can't tell it, except for now l this glass is coming out of tbe scars, 34 years later, but it is also coming out of my fingertips,toes, and the bottom of my feet,I have heard that embedded glass can come out of your extremities, well it does, and it cuts coming out just like it does going in, looking at my face with all this glass cutting as it comes out,yuck!! People think im crazy when I tell them its glass from a carwreck 34 years ago. Im so happy to have found all these testimonies.So Im not crazy after all. Lol

AP2 said...

I was a bartender for 9 years. Two weeks before I left the job, some drunk guy insisted on using a "fancy" stem glass for his beverage. I finally obliged & gave him the glass, which was as old as me & had likely been washed 20,000 times. They were not used anymore- except when a drunk guy saw them & demanded "to be fancy".

20 minutes later, while talking with his hands he forcefully knocked the now empty glass over on the bar, a foot from me. It shattered ALL OVER ME. Everywhere. I was wearing a tank top & leggings. It was August. I was busy. So sweaty. I was in shock but I only had about 1 minute to go in back & brush off what I could. In hindsight I know now that I brushed every tiny bit into my sweaty skin. I worked 3 more hours. I went home & took a hot shower. In hindsight I know now that I Sealed the deal by making sure I embedded every piece in my skin. I had no idea what the rest of my life would be like.

For a month, not much. I had a couple visible little cuts and they healed. About a month later, I looked down one day & noticed a glimmer on (in) my chest. Within days it became a half in half out visible shard of glass sticking out of my cleavage. I tweezed what I could but I was tweezing a chard of glass that was so old it shattered to almost dust. Glass dust. All in my skin. For every piece that works it's way up & out (of my face, lips right now I'm dealing with glass in my lip & above, I have had in my gums multiple times!) that I get ahold of, I'm fairly certain half of it breaks off & stays for next time. Skin sort of heals, then in a month or 3 or 6 it happens again. My right side is writes as that's what was facing the bar, but it all sucks.

I'm pretty sure peopl thought I was nuts for a awhile. Or still do. I try to let it go a bit more now instead of tearing my skin apart for every piece.

It's been 8 years & although it's better, less frequent surfacings, I don't think it will ever be all out.

So sorry you're all dealing with similar things. I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one living with this shit. A few of my friends & two doctors have since been in accidents or at home accidents where glass was imbedded. It's the exact same thing. I wouldn't wish this on anyone. However a little empathy is good too have when dealing with random situations like these. If you don't know, you'll never know. I don't know how else to explain it but with a lame cliché.

Andrea

Mary Evans said...

I think my story is probably the strangest one here! About a year ago the top of my head on the right side started itching. It was raised and had glad spikes coming out. The worst part for me is I have no one to help me and it is on top and behind my head so I’m working blindly!
I started scratching at the different sites and found a glass like slices of glass were coming out. It was Amber in color and oh so painful as when you don’t know direction and accidentally push it back in, the pain was immeasurable. Unfortunately I had no incident happen that I could recall glass to my head. No car accidents, etc. I even asked my husband if I forgot something, if he could remember where it came from, nope, no glass accidents. Plenty of broken bones but no glass!
This went on for a couple weeks until I finally got all out. All of it was located on the top right of my head.
A month ago, my head started itching again, didn’t even think about it could be glass, that was in the past, or so I thought.
This time I am pulling large pieces of glass and this glass is just like what you would expect if you went through a windshield of a car. There are ridges that seem like where my head was cut and it was stitched back. Lots of crooked, jagged lines and a couple large straight ones too. I have pulled out so much glass and where does this come from? Plastic. The plastic is tight to my scalp to begin with, feels almost as though it is melded into my scalp and I just can’t pull it up. If I use something sharp to put a hole in it, it goes loose and come up. Underneath there are shards of glass that are pressing upwards to come out and are very painful. All of this is only on the right side of my head.
Underneath my scalp are pieces of glass that measure anywhere from 3in long x 1 in wide, down to small pieces that are broken up and lots of plastic!that is not attached to my scalp, I actually pulled lots of this through a small hole. I estimate that when through almost half the volume of my scalp on that side will be gone when all this is removed.
I also have the tiny splinters all over the right side. These I have to pull out behind my head by using the corner of my fingernail to pull up and some are attached deeply. It seems the sharp end of the splinter has gone soft and starting to attach as well.
All of this digging and not a drop of blood just increase to the clear liquid. I do understand the medical side of this. The clear liquid is the bodies way of causing pressure to the area to expel the foreign matter, it is caused by the immune system. What I don’t get is where this all came from...
I am going to my doctor on Monday and I understand a CAT scan can see the glass where other tests can’t. I hope to get this and have large material removed. I am so bewildered by all this that I think I’m going crazy. Then you try to tell someone what is happening and they look at me like I’m crazy!!
So glad to see this forum. Everyone here understands and can feel your pain. I want to hear from others who have found foreign matter in their bodies that is unexplainable. I’m so intent on getting an answer if I can’t get it, I plan to go Under hypnosis to find out. Sorry for all of your pain, I know it has been and for some,’still is very rough. God Bless

Mary Evans said...

I just went to the ER today, I have large pieces of glass working their way out of my scalp.
The glass has been in so long that there is a spongy material completely encasing it. I get the impression of a pearl in an oyster, the bodies way of covering an irritant. If this is the case, it has been there a long time, no X-ray will not pick it up. They said I had no glass there even though I’m digging it out. No one would feel either!
I think I read somewhere you need CAT scan. The X-ray does not reflect off glass that has been there a long time.
I wish we had a doctor to answer our questions!

Unknown said...

I have been in numerous car wrecks, have had my ex-fiance shatter a "shatterproof" bowl over the back of my head causing a concussion(requiring staples), broken mirror slivers found in my bed and clothes(abuse from ex-fiance) so I'm not sure what has caused it but a few months ago some bumps showed up around on my knees, wrists, elbows, feet, chest, and on my back. Not all at once but within a few days of each other... They were itchy but sore to the touch at first... then turned pinkish and felt like I was being stuck from the inside out... I removed what I thought was glass from each spot. Sometimes it took several "pickings" to get it all from some places... The pain wouldn't subside from each bump until it all was removed... It took about 3 weeks for it all to heal... Haven't had a problem again until about a week ago... The spots start out with no color but raised then pinkish to red, and the pain intensifies until they can be "popped" and the glass is completely removed from the bump... This time they are on my arms(primarily around my elbows, a spot on my chest, some on my panty line, tops of my shoulders, my lower back, and all down my legs and feet... My boyfriend thinks I'm picking at nothing and causing the sores... He's doesn't believe me.... he's googled different things and had decided that it has to be psychological. I've even shown him small shards from different bumps... help me

Shelley A said...

Help me is exactly right. I am also living in a glass nightmare. I recently broke a Corelle dish which are not supposed to break, but shattered through my entire kitchen and myself. I had pieces of glass embedded in my linoleum countertops, as well as my floors and myself. I immediately got my vacuum out because I have a dog and did not want her to go through these pieces. I had my nightgown on so I went outside after vacuuming and shook and shook and shook. Then I tried to see if I had missed any of the pieces that had literally exploded in my kitchen. Not even thinking about this entire time I was literally spreading all of these little pieces on my entire body. After taking off my robe and pajamas very carefully I found pieces in every part of my body. I now feel Like I am literally living in hell. I have picked and picked and picked small pieces of these little tiny shards of glass out of my body and have now been filled with scabs that look horrible over my entire body. I know I have little sandy pieces of this in my eyes as someone else has stated above. Because every morning I wake up with matted eyes and have these little pieces that look like sand on my eyelashes. I also didn't think about it being in my hair and have pieces on the back of one ear and inside of the other. I have removed the pieces from the back of the ear but I'm still working on the pieces that are in my ear because they are flat shards and not little sharp pieces. This makes it so difficult to remove them and my ear bleeds and bleeds. So I put a wet Kleenex inside my ear so that the pieces do not go further in while I am trying to pick out these very thin flat shards. I feel like my days are a living hell. I shower and vacuum and vacuum and pick and try to survive this without going absolutely crazy. Every time that I am in the bathroom or the kitchen and over my dark countertops I see little fine pieces of this glass still floating around from me or within the room. I am not sure. I just know that every time I find another piece it drives me crazy. I am so thankful that I came across Vera's log to find that I am not the only one that has been living through this nightmare and probably will for a long time as all of you are talking about. I have copied this log to prove to my mother that I am not having a psychotic episode, and all of these issues that I am dealing with are real and not my imagination. It is kind of a good feeling that I am not alone. Except I would not wish this upon anyone. I am sorry to say that we are few amongst many that have to deal with this. I just wish that there waa something that could be done by the doctors immediately. It would be worth the cost of the hospital. Beat wishes to all. And, thank you so much for sharing your issues with this nightmare that I wish that I could just wake up from!