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today i learned how not to store a mirror i intended to use, then forgot about. the price of this knowledge: 4 stitches and a tetanus shot. the mirror cracked, and a large chunk fell on my ankle. im hoping, after reading this story, those of you with Plexiglas or mirrors lying around (not hung up) will make sure they are properly stored. btw: the mirror broke exactly along the blue line i marked on the mirror for where i wanted to cut it.

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tech-king (author)Doctor What2008-03-24

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Sunbanks (author)tech-king2008-03-24
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ll.13 (author)Sunbanks2008-03-24

I had to go to YouTube to find out what all the fuss is about. =)

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Sunbanks (author)ll.132008-03-24

There's also the head on commercial....It's even worse....

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ll.13 (author)Sunbanks2008-03-24

Oh! is there two? I thought that was what TK was referring to! xD

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ll.13 (author)ll.132008-03-24

(that is: the Head on one)

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tech-king (author)ll.132008-03-24

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Goodhart (author)tech-king2008-03-28

that just sounds wrong somehow

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Goodhart (author)ll.132008-03-29

Um, ok......the video completely lost me there LOL by "wrong" I meant not so much "incorrect" as in "odd" and easily misinterpreted.

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ll.13 (author)Goodhart2008-03-29

Sorry, you got Rick Rolled! :'-(

-https://www.instructables.com/id/SBOOT82FEAQ3UZN/ xD

here's about the ad. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTflJXs4qms&feature=related

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caitlinsdad (author)2008-03-23

Hope you are okay but what is the cure for the 7 years of bad luck for breaking a mirror? And even handling glass with gloves, make sure they are not the plain canvas ones or hard stiff leather which seem to be slippery on smooth surfaces. Get rubber dotted gloves. A chunk of good plexiglas or mirror is pretty heavy and awkward to grip.

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tech-king (author)caitlinsdad2008-03-24

im jewish, so i have immunity from bad luck.

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Goodhart (author)tech-king2008-03-24

I would have thought the opposite, your people's history is peppered with hard times. (I am not making light of them in any way).

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tech-king (author)Goodhart2008-03-24

no,no. i meant we dont get bad luck from broken mirrors and ugly cats. nor hauntings. gremlins maybe

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caitlinsdad (author)tech-king2008-03-24

No bad luck, but the guilt...oy :)

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tech-king (author)caitlinsdad2008-03-24

it was an ugly mirror anyways

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Goodhart (author)tech-king2008-03-28

Um, I don't like being the one to point this out, but if you were looking into the mirror at the time you said the mirror was ugly....

LOL

I am JOKING !

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tech-king (author)Goodhart2008-03-31

no, as in the mirror was ugly. it had a rust stain near the top, and a half moon section of the bottom was missing

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Goodhart (author)tech-king2008-03-31

I was just teasing TK, I hope I didn't offend you in any way :-(

Sounds like a good portion of the silvering on the back was coming off?

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tech-king (author)Goodhart2008-03-31

i wasnt offended. and no, the backing was in good shape

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Goodhart (author)tech-king2008-03-24

I have broken my share of mirrors, and my "bad luck" never got any "worse" either ;-)

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tech-king (author)2008-03-28
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tech-king (author)Sunbanks2008-03-23

i know. that part had to be the most painful. the nurse wound up like she intended to throw the needle at me.

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Sunbanks (author)tech-king2008-03-23

After I got my tetanus shot my arm was sore for a looong time. But my nurse didn't seem like she wanted to throw the needle at me...

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Goodhart (author)Sunbanks2008-03-24

Still, it is better then the treatment FOR tetanus :-)

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Sunbanks (author)Goodhart2008-03-24

What's the treatment for tetanus??

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Kiteman (author)Sunbanks2008-03-24

Sedation, paralysis with certain medications, and mechanical ventilation (i.e., respirator) may be necessary to control the spasms (of the airway).

Basically, you're vaguely aware of your surroundings, yet totally unable to interact with them or communicate with people. This can last usually around 2 weeks, but can be as long as two months.

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Goodhart (author)Kiteman2008-03-24

Definitely something to avoid

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tech-king (author)Kiteman2008-03-24

i think ill take the shots, even though it may mean having a needle nearly throw at me

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Sunbanks (author)tech-king2008-03-24

I'll agree with you there.

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Goodhart (author)tech-king2008-03-24

Yeah, I am surprised they don't just use an air hammer to put them init'd be more accurate :-)

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Goodhart (author)Sunbanks2008-03-24
Not to put a fright into you or anything but it is a serious thing:

Symptoms:

  • Spasms and tightening of the jaw muscle ("lockjaw")
  • Stiffness and spasms of various muscle groups
o Neck muscles
o Chest muscles
o Abdominal muscles
o Back muscles, often causing arching (opisthotonos)
  • Tetanic seizures (painful, powerful muscle contractions)
  • Irritability
  • Fever

Additional symptoms that may be associated with this disease:

  • Excessive sweating
  • Swallowing difficulty
  • Hand or foot spasms
  • Drooling
  • Uncontrolled urination or defecation

Your doctor will perform a physical exam and ask questions about your medical history. No specific lab test is available to determine the diagnosis of tetanus.

Other tests may be used to rule out meningitis, rabies, strychnine poisoning, and other diseases with similar symptoms.

Treatment may include:

  • Medicine to reverse the poison (tetanus immune globulin)
  • Antibiotics including penicillin, clindamycin, erythromycin, or metronidazole
  • Surgery to clean the wound and remove the source of the poison (debridement)
  • Muscle relaxers such as diazepam
  • Bedrest with a nonstimulating environment (dim light, reduced noise, and stable temperature)
  • Sedatives

Respiratory support with oxygen, endotracheal tube, and mechanical ventilation may be necessary.

Without treatment, one out of three people die. The death rate for newborns with untreated tetanus is even higher. With proper treatment, less than 10% of infected patients die.

Wounds on the head or face seem to be more dangerous than those on other parts of the body. If the person survives the acute illness, recovery is generally complete. Uncorrected episodes of hypoxia (lack of oxygen) caused by muscle spasms in the throat may lead to irreversible brain damage.

  • Airway obstruction
  • Respiratory arrest
  • Heart failure
  • Pneumonia
  • Fractures
  • Brain damage due to lack of oxygen during spasms

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Goodhart (author)Sunbanks2008-03-24

Believe me, if you EVER have to get a cortisone shot directly into a joint, especially in the hand or wrist (I had one in my thumb and thought they had injected Lake Erie in there); you will find tetanus shots a breeze. - Honest

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guyfrom7up (author)2008-03-23

ahhh that sucks

isn't plexiglass plastic? How can that cut you?

The worse part of tetnus shots is the antisipation
the shot isn't so bad.

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tech-king (author)guyfrom7up2008-03-24

plexiglass-sharp edges. it depends what you cut it with. my dad cut his finger on some plexiglass 2 days ago. id cut the plexi with my dremel, leaving a wicked edge.

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guyfrom7up (author)tech-king2008-03-24

gotcha, I've never used plexiglass ever, just clear pvc.

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Goodhart (author)guyfrom7up2008-03-24

in other words: It won't shatter like glass, but it can cut you like glass....

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LinuxH4x0r (author)2008-03-23

That sucks and is awesome at the same tome. One my dad was cutting glass on top of his table saw (not cutting it with it obviously) and the piece he cut fell and landed on the cement below without breaking.

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LinuxH4x0r (author)Sunbanks2008-03-23
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CameronSS (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-03-23

If only I had a science fair and a source of cheap glass...What an awesomely fun project. "How high can this glass sheet drop and still be saved by an air cushion?" After a certain point it would start tumbling, though...

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LinuxH4x0r (author)CameronSS2008-03-23

a lot of places will give you free glass. You can get them from office buildings that are remodeling, and sometimes they will even deliver! Post results!

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