What is the worst injury you have given yourself?

By Jess
@JJ4Ever (4693)
United States
February 23, 2010 10:46pm CST
What is the worst bodily injury you have given yourself? Do you have the scars or even the bills to prove it? I have been there and done that! When I was nine years old, I was riding my bike with my sister. Thankfully she was there because I was trying to do a cool move and ended up sliding on the gravel and falling face-first onto the cement. Not only did I fall face-first, I fell mouth-first and chipped my front tooth. I'm glad I was still young because my parents took care of the medical expenses (to ensure I did not have a concussion) as well as the dental expenses to reconstruct my tooth. It was a horrible (and expensive!) experience, but I'm glad I can look back on the situation and laugh. What about you? Please share your experience!
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@missybal (4490)
• United States
25 Feb 10
Ditto... lol Actually I think I was even about the same age as you when it happened and I was riding my bike with my little brother... I haven't got a sister. I still have the chip... It had to have a root canal however it was so many years later that I had had the chip so long I decided there was no reason to spend the money to cap it. It's just me now. The chip was bad enough to hurt when it happened but it didn't kill the nerve until I got to be an adult.
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@JJ4Ever (4693)
• United States
25 Feb 10
That is too funny how similar our stories are! Actually, I have to tell you, though, that you got off the hook easy! I had to get a root canal as well because I actually did kill the nerve in my tooth right when the accident happened. After the root canal, I thought it would be ok, but my tooth turned completely gray, and I had to get a crown on it. I'm so glad because now it's much whiter! I eventually had to get a second root canal on the same tooth because the person who did the first one didn't seal it correctly, and infection got in there. It was a mess. After I'd had my first crown for a while, the dentist said it wasn't the right color so I got another one. I'm glad for it because now my teeth look a lot whiter and brighter because of it, but I was also frustrated in the past because of the mistakes they made. If that hadn't happened, I would've had one less crown and root canal - LOL! I'm just thankful it all worked out. In your case, I'm glad you didn't have all the expense to get it fixed, that it was ok the way it was after your accident. Thanks for sharing your experience! I'm so glad I now have someone to relate to on this silly accident!
@JJ4Ever (4693)
• United States
25 Feb 10
Wow, you definitely have had a lot of tooth trouble. I'm sorry for all the pain you had to experience. It's really sad that a lot of it was caused by your dentist! I think dental mistakes should mean that our treatment should be free! What do you think? LOL Thanks again for sharing your story. I hope that some day you will have the opportunity to have beautiful teeth like your husband!
@missybal (4490)
• United States
25 Feb 10
No way to prove now that I did not have cavities although my new dentist seriously doubts it when I explained to him NEVER a toothache in my life and he can tell the silver fillings are mostly over surface... and the old dentist just claimed my chipped tooth would die eventually anyways and that he did nothing wrong. So the guy got rich off my parents. I'm filling out for this sweepstakes that covers up to $30,000 in dental work... I seriously doubt I will win but I still have hope and hey it's worth a shot, it would cost about that much for all I need to fix everything. At least what is wrong is not painful like I know a lot of people deal with... at least not yet anyways. The one tooth that never came up could potentially become a problem in the future. Anyway great discussion... :-)
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@twoey68 (13627)
• United States
24 Feb 10
One of the worst things I did was when I was a young teen. My Mom had a big set of these really pretty glasses and every time I'd be doing dishes and wash one it would break and I'd cut my hands up. I still have numerous scars on my hands. It was just a matter of the glasses were made of really thin glass and they'd break easily. My Mom finally got rid of them and got thicker ones and the problem was solved. [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS**[/b]
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@twoey68 (13627)
• United States
4 Mar 10
To be honest, I don't even remember what the new ones looked like...I was just happy that they didn't break anymore. Since I am the only girl out of my Mom's four children, I learned how to be her "little helper" early on and still am. [b]~~IN SEARCH OF PEACE WITHIN~~ **AGAINST THE STORMS, I WILL STAND STRONG**[/b]
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@JJ4Ever (4693)
• United States
25 Feb 10
That's so sweet that you were helping in doing the dishes. That is cute that you thought they were so pretty, but yet they were your worst enemy because they would break and cut you! I'm glad you're mom finally solved the problem, but that is neat you were able to help her out. Imagine that - having injuries due to helping out in the kitchen! I wonder if those new and thicker glasses were as pretty as the first set? Thanks for sharing!
@JJ4Ever (4693)
• United States
15 Aug 11
That reminds me of what I did this past Thanksgiving. I was helping my mom in the kitchen. All of us siblings went to my parents' house for the big meal so we could all pitch in and help. I was unloading the dishwasher to fill it with dirty dishes to free up more room on the counters. I was going at a steady pace and trying to stay out of everyone's way. The kitchen is a good size, but the "lanes" between cupboards and the island are pretty narrow. So...needless to say, as I was grabbing a glass juice cup out of the dishwasher, it shattered in my hand. It hurt so badly because as soon as I realized I'd shattered it, I gripped it harder as not to let the shards of glass fall on the floor everywhere. We had dogs and young kids running around, of course, so we had to be extremely careful of that. I had a couple cuts, but luckily I didn't start oozing blood like crazy or anything. I could pretty much go back to work on the dishes. I felt bad and apologized to my mom from breaking her glass, but she didn't seem to be upset about it. Whew!
@hellcowboy (7374)
• United States
26 Mar 10
I know there are a lot of people who have given themselves injuries and it is funny how many injuries I have gotten because I have no grace,and I swear even at work I am always getting new bruises,and I know I have had several bad injuries one of them was when I was riding my bike and I ended up flipping,and I still have the scar on my pinky from it,and for the longest time,I had the impression of the handlebar on my stomach,and another was where I was helping a friend put stuff on the top of their big shed,and it was not stable,and I fell through and landed on a bunch of bikes and it hurt like hell,but luckily I was okay and I survived,and I did not cry which surprised me.
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@JJ4Ever (4693)
• United States
4 Apr 10
Ouch! I know it wasn't funny at the time, but I was picturing how to get a handlebar mark on the stomach...that is too funny! he he I'm glad you had no permanent damage done. I also hate those injuries where you don't know where you got them. Those are curious!
@mymelodake (1338)
• Philippines
25 Feb 10
Fortunately, the worst injury I've ever inflicted upon myself was stubbing my little toe and dislodging the nail. But the sad thing is it's happened twice already. Once when I was at home, I stubbed my little toe at the foot of my bed and the other time, I was in the grocery and stubbed it at the trolley's wheel. I had to go to the ER for the second one as it was a bit worse. I'm really careful nowadays and am especially wary when I'm pushing a trolley through the grocery.
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@JJ4Ever (4693)
• United States
25 Feb 10
Wow, it sounds like you've been lucky! Except for the second time you stubbed your toe and had to go to the ER, of course. That must've been extremely painful. They say that we've actually broken toes multiple times without even knowing it! I remember a time when my mom broke her toe by stubbing it on the corner of the wall. The corner of the wall got caught in between her two toes - she broke her smallest toe. The whole side of her foot was black and blue for the longest time. The hardest thing about stubbing or breaking a toe is that you can't have a cast for it or anything because there's not much you can do about it other than walk carefully. I hope your toe has healed back to normal by now because that would be no fun if not! Thanks for sharing your story!
@micniq (15)
• Malaysia
25 Feb 10
When I was small, I am very bad luck and always get hurt. But lucky I have a good mother who take care me well. When I am 4, I try to made a hot chocolate drink. The hot pot slippery from my hand and the hot water pour on my body. My grandpa saw it and quickly open my cloth and put me under the running water, then took me to saw doctor. Luckily get the emergency aid my body skin can cure after treatment. Now don't have scars. When I was 6, I saw cousin play the firework in front of my house, suddenly the fire rocket fly to me and get in to my shirt, I scare and jump, the rocket fall down from and shirt and explosion. my chest get burn by the fire and leg get hurt by the explosion. I got a scar on my leg. I always get hurt but this two experiences is deeply keep my mind and I never forget.
@JJ4Ever (4693)
• United States
15 Aug 11
I'm glad your first injury didn't scare. You were pretty young, and you probably healed fast. But thankfully, your grandpa was there also to get you under cold water to relieve any swelling. I'm sorry to learn that the fireworks accident did leave some scarring. That would be very scary! Hopefully you don't have anymore pain from it, though.
• Philippines
11 Mar 10
I was young and playful. I was playing with my neighbor friends under the heavy rain. Running after each other was so fun-filled. The burst of laughter suddenly became a burst of tears. I hit on a rock and stumbled. I got my first worst injury on my right knee. The visible scar reminds me of this experience.
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@JJ4Ever (4693)
• United States
15 Aug 11
Every kid loves to play in the rain! I'm so sorry your experience ended so badly. I have a scar on my knee also, but it was because I slipped on the cement that was covered with sand and grime from the lake water from the lake that was right in front of it. The cement was from a huge drain that was probably used when the level of the lake rose. It was not a very fun injuring. I didn't like slipping and falling and then not being able to get up because it was so slippery. It was very scary.
@DeenaD (2684)
• United States
24 Feb 10
When I was a teenager I cut the bottom of my leg shaving fast with a cheap razor. Today I have a very ugly scar.
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@JJ4Ever (4693)
• United States
25 Feb 10
Been there, done that! Fortunately for me, I don't have a scar to prove my stupidity. LOL Isn't it true that when we shave fast, we're bound to cut ourselves? Thanks for sharing in my pain! I'm glad I'm not the only one - ha ha.
@Polly1 (12645)
• United States
24 Feb 10
I was in a bad head on car accident. I had a black eye that swelled up more then Rocky's did after boxing. I also dislocated my right wrist, which is way worse then a break. I ended up having surgery, had pins in my wrist, All my ligaments were torn badly. I was in a cast for over 5 months and it took over a year for healing. I still don't have the movement and strength like before but am thankful for what I do have. On top of it all I am right handed. Also the guy did not have enough insurance, I am still paying medical bills, that messed up my credit too. After surgery was horrific, it took a few months before I wasn't in pure agony. When they did the surgery they had to move the main nerve out of the way, messing with the nerve like that damaged it. That took a long time to heal. for months it felt like my hand was being held in a fire, and also my fingers were going to explode. Thats the only way I can describe it, I wouldn't wish that on anyone. Now I'm good and thankful it wasn't worse, I could have been smashed.
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@JJ4Ever (4693)
• United States
25 Feb 10
Now I know why you're really on MyLot - exercising your wrist and fingers, giving yourself your own at-home therapy! LOL I'm so sorry for your injury. That sounds absolutely terrible. I've heard the only thing worse and more complex to fix would be breaking a hand, but the wrist is vital. You must've been in so much pain for so long that you don't even know what "normal" feels like anymore, but anyone can appreciate your wonderful attitude despite your past circumstance and moving on regardless - good for you! I hope everything works out with your medical bills. I could go on about people without auto insurance, but I won't go there...I had an experience in the past with someone like that. It just doesn't make sense to me that because the person who hit you didn't have insurance, now you have much debt and medical bills as a result. Doesn't make sense! Overall, I hope things are better for you now, though! Thanks so much for sharing your experience, Polly! It is always a pleasure to read your responses.
@wolfie34 (26771)
• United Kingdom
24 Feb 10
I still have a scar at the corner of my left eye which will be with me for the rest of my life as a reminder of that day at Primary School when I was chasing girls down the corridor, I turned the corner slipped and fell over knocking my eye against a pile of milk crates, the image is still with me too, any closer and I would have lost my left eye, scary! It was stupidity on my part but at that age well it was just childish behaviour. You don't think do you when you're a child that accidents like that happen. I had another accident again at school this time it was secondary school I was in a rush to get to dinner and I tripped down 4 STONE stairs and I fractured my right wrist and I gave myself another dent to the head, I need stitches to the head and yes you guessed it another scar! That one is not as visible as the scar to my left eye! Two hospital visits and lots of fuss from the school naturally LOL!
@JJ4Ever (4693)
• United States
25 Feb 10
Sounds like you and school didn't get along very well since it caused you to have all of these accidents - LOL! I had to chuckle, though, in ready your first accident because I think it all happened due to a good cause - chasing girls! That is too cute. Wow, the things we do as kids. If we did something like that nowadays, we'd be off work for weeks or even months for medical leave! At least we can try to get the clumsiness out of our system while we're young and heal faster. Thanks, Wolfie!
@AmbiePam (83362)
• United States
25 Feb 10
When I was seven, my sister (age 9) and I were right outside our backyard fence, going around and around some poles in the ground. There was an open pipe between the poles, and I guess I looked up to the sky one too many times, and my leg fell into the pipe. There was a rock in the pipe that split open my lower leg. I could see the meat in my leg, all the way to the bone. Strangely enough, I didn't cry. It hurt too much to cry. Anyway, my parents took me to the ER and the doctors stitched me up. A week later I was in the ER and then admitted to the hospital. My leg had gotten infected, and they thought they might have to amputate from my knee down on my right leg. Fortunately, a week and a half later the infection was gone and I was released from the hospital. I still have the scar - it looks like a boomerang.
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@JJ4Ever (4693)
• United States
25 Feb 10
Goodness gracious! That is awful what happened to you! They just shouldn't have pipes and those kinds of dangerous things anywhere near where kids would want to play. I feel so bad for you. What a deep cut! Your injury reminded me of something else I did to myself. When I was in high school, we were dissecting clams. None of us could find a way to get them open so stupid me, I tried to open it using the scalpel, which didn't succeed in opening the clam shell. However, it did succeed in putting a nice cut in my thumb! It was really deep! If it hadn't been so small of a cut, I know I wouldn't had to have stitches. I was so embarrassed that I'd been so careless that the only person in my science class who knew about it was my lab partner. I told her not to tell anyone because I was too scared the teacher wouldn't let me dissect anymore! I didn't want to seem irresponsible. It was an honest mistake. My lab partner honored my wish, but I still had the issue of cleaning up the cut and getting it to stop bleeding. It bled for at least a couple hours. I couldn't keep a bandage on it because it bled too much and too fast. I hadn't quite cut to the bone, but it was close. When it finally stopped bleeding, the healing began! It didn't hurt at all since it was such a clean cut. It seems weird that a scalpel cut hurt less than a paper cut, don't you think? Very odd! It took a while to finally close, up but I didn't have many issues with infection since the wound was on my thumb where I could easily clean it when I washed my hands. I'm so glad that even though your leg got infected that they didn't have to amputate! That is a relief that your infection went away. That's always the hardest thing with a horrible injury - keeping it cleaned out, especially when it's your leg, which is all completely exposed due to the injury. Thank you for sharing your experience. I'm so glad you walked away with both your legs and only a boomerang scar!
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@marketing07 (6266)
• South Korea
24 Feb 10
my injury was on my left knees it was a 2inches long ..and i was 13 yrs.old at that time when i hit the steel bar on the road and i never saw it coz it was night time..
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@JJ4Ever (4693)
• United States
15 Aug 11
Ouch! Do you still have a scar from that injury?
@jaiho2009 (39142)
• Philippines
24 Feb 10
The worst injury i caused myself is when i am 7 years old. I was not listening to my mom when she asks me to stop running up and down the stairs. And what i got is...the scar on my forehead. Good thing is,i was too young by that time,that the scar is not very visible now. But still it is here in my forehead...
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@JJ4Ever (4693)
• United States
25 Feb 10
Isn't that always the way it goes? I have to laugh because that's how kids get hurt many times. Mom says to stop, and we want to keep doing whatever it is we are doing! Too funny. I'm sure it wasn't at the time, but now I hope you can laugh about it. When my husband was young, he was running around the house. His mom did a lot of sewing, and while he was running he stepped on a needle that was hiding in the carpet. Poor guy...it went through his foot, and he had to have it surgically removed, stitches, and the whole thing. I'm glad for you that your scar is going away. No one wants to remember the time they didn't listen to their mother when they were young. Funny! Thanks for your response!!
• China
24 Feb 10
My mother tells me something when i was a child, at the time, I like climb everywhere, in front of the door, there is a big stone, I was too little to cross it, and I always stumbled over by the stone and my head issue much blood. When I grow up, I forget this little thing. For me, it sounds like an old story.
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@JJ4Ever (4693)
• United States
15 Aug 11
At least you were young so hopefully the injury had time to heal, and I hope it healed quickly! Do you still have a scar where it happened? I know injuries/cuts to the head will make it bleed like crazy!
@junil_jk (496)
• India
24 Feb 10
my worst bodily injury was when i was in a boarding school. i have no scars or proof of it because it was a back injury that i sustained while playing football(soccer). i was a good footballer, in fact, a star player in our school! but the incident occurred when i was still very young. i was tackled by the opposing goalkeeper when i was all alone and a good opportunity to score. i fell flat on my face and arched so bad that my feet touched my head! don't know how much damage i did to my spine because i never consulted a doctor, but i couldn't lean forward much lower for about a couple of months! i really had a hard time!
@JJ4Ever (4693)
• United States
25 Feb 10
Back injuries are probably one of the worst and most painful! I'm so sorry for your injury, but hopefully you are back to normal now! My suggestion to you would be, if you don't want to know how bad your injury was, definitely don't go to the chiropractor! LOL Of course, they would probably tell you that you have really good posture now after that experience so good for you if you do. At least that would be something positive to the accident, but you probably weren't thinking about those things at the time! Thanks for sharing your experience.
@obe212003 (2299)
• Philippines
24 Feb 10
i remember when i was about 10 years old, i was trying to reach something on the table when i accidentally slipped and fell on the floor. On my way down, my hand bumped a kettle with newly boiled water which poured into my legs. i sustained burns on my thighs, scrotum, knees and feet and it took almost a month to heal because of the recurring infection and left me with scarred marks on my left lower extremity.
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@JJ4Ever (4693)
• United States
25 Feb 10
Wow, that must've been tough as a kid to experience all those burns on your legs. I've heard of a lot of young kids getting burned one way or another due to the oven or stove top being on and unattended by parents. In your case, you slipped and fell. I've heard a lot about kids just being curious, and that's how they get hurt. You can never be too careful! Thanks so much for sharing your experience. Hopefully your legs are completely healed now.