Staples In My Head

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When you hear the phrase, “use your head” you are typically being told to think. There are other uses of the head that are quite unwise. For example, trying to clear a soccer ball away from another player rushing in on the attack when you are a step too late. Unfortunately that’s exactly what I tried today.

My head just happened to get in the way of the shoulder of the onrushing soccer player when we both jumped to try and win the ball. It was really no contest as his shoulder won, leaving a nice inch long laceration on top of my scalp. Fortunately it wasn’t very deep and I was not knocked unconscious, though I bled a lot and had a nice Tom & Jerry bump on the head.


This earned me a trip to the ER which is NOTHING like the TV show. If it were, the show would have been cancelled after the first episode. I fail to see how interesting a show would be where the patients wait around for four hours before a doctor sees them to perform a grand total of five to ten minutes of actual work.

In any case, the extremely busy doctor made quick work of cleaning out the wound and stapling it shut with two painful squeezes of the stapler (no local anesthesia). I hadn’t realized how helpful office supplies could be when applied to the head.

The doctor said I show no signs of a concussion and should be ready to play again in a few days as soon as I feel comfortable. I’m glad I’ll be able to play next week, but I won’t be using my head as much.

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27 responses

  1. Avatar for Jeff Atwood
    Jeff Atwood January 8th, 2006

    Makes me glad I'm an indoor enthusiast.

  2. Avatar for Craig
    Craig January 8th, 2006

    Soccer => hockey

    3 staples => 5 staples

    4 hour wait => 3 hour wait

    collision with another player => tripping over own feet

    2006 => 1999

    Just make those substitutions and the same thing happened to me. :)

    The tetanus shot hurt way worse than my head.

  3. Avatar for Haacked
    Haacked January 8th, 2006

    Ha ha! Yeah, the tetanus shot was fun too.

  4. Avatar for Matthew
    Matthew April 21st, 2007

    Hey I barley felt the tetanus shoot. I was riding a four wheeler. The thing that i hate the most is he missed the cut completely and thous heart the most.

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    Matthew April 21st, 2007

    next time go to a urgent care place. they will only make you wait about two minutes and then they will start cleaning it

  6. Avatar for Jonathan
    Jonathan July 10th, 2007

    Man, I got hit by a car, and I had to get four staples. The doctor promised that it "wouldn't hurt one bit," and even though the anasthetic was in, it still didn't hurt. Staying in a hospital is fun, even if the food is known to suck.

  7. Avatar for Ironic!
    Ironic! February 10th, 2008

    lol ya same thing!
    3 staples-7 staples
    4 hour wait- 5 hour wait
    Hit another player- Being stupid and bored and deciding cart ridding world be fun:)
    2006- 2-9-2008:)
    the numbing shots hurt wayyy more than the actuall staples!

  8. Avatar for Jamie Paterson
    Jamie Paterson April 26th, 2008

    yea it just happened to me today.... played a soccer game (cup final).... last minute went up for a header, missed the ball and hit the guy, got up and tried to play on
    god those staples are sore... and the injection just topped it all off

  9. Avatar for ronnie appleby
    ronnie appleby June 12th, 2008

    i was about to have my tea when i heard the lady from the flat below being attacked i went to help only to meet 4 balaclava wearing chaps who hit me over the head with a baseball bat which resulted in me receiving nine staples and the hospital gave me a funny thing that were like scissors so i could remove them myself nice

  10. Avatar for doran
    doran June 16th, 2008

    same exact thing happened with me today.
    they rushed me to er. i headered the other guy but would of been nice if i scored it

  11. Avatar for Maribel
    Maribel July 1st, 2008

    I just had surgery on my head for a skull implant placement becuase I fell from a 30 feet high balcony and broke my skull in over 20 pieces and had those removed in January. Now I have 58 staples on my head. 1 which hurt when they stapled me when i WAS AWAKE. it's kind of scary seeing some of the staples now.
    any needles hurt like the ones for IVs or blood taking for blood testing.

  12. Avatar for David
    David August 19th, 2008

    6 Staples to my head this weekend. Scuba tank to the head. But I must say, if it's going to happen, the hospital in Key Largo, Florida it the best place. I was in and out of there in about 45 minutes.

  13. Avatar for Maria Harrison
    Maria Harrison November 22nd, 2008

    HI, My son, John, split his head in July and had to get 5 staples in. It healed up brilliantly but, for some reason, his scar reopened in September, becames infected, and has not healed since. He has had numerous visits to the doctor, 4 courses of antibiotics and cannot do his usual things like play rugby and go swimming. We are becoming extrmely frustrated and anxious now - 3 months on. It remains infected and is not responding to the antibiotics. I clean it twice a day with saline solution and sterile gauze. It looks awful and is oozing yellow pus. We are going to a consultant on Tuesday Nov 25th and truly hope this will sort it out. the doc said the wound may need to be thoroughly cleaned up and re stitched. Does anybody out there share this kind of problem with me and have you any reassurance to offer me? Thank you, a worried Mum.

  14. Avatar for Jason
    Jason March 24th, 2009

    I got my staples in March.15,2009. My doctor that is a stranger to me but he is a nice guy. He is a exellent doctor to me the hospital Iwent to is NYACK.

  15. Avatar for Jason
    Jason March 24th, 2009

    I got two staples n my head I got it twice I really didn't wanted to go to the doctor my aunt said to the doctor that i didn't want to go to the hospital NYACK so you people who are reading this is a good friend of mine

  16. Avatar for Amy
    Amy February 15th, 2010

    I Fell in a nightclub bathroom saturday night and had to get 10 staples in my head.they sent me from the nightclub in a taxi and i was waiting in a&e with my head open for 2hours or bit more..!!
    The nightclub rang me sayin they wud sort me out on a night out but no way i am defo claiming!!!

  17. Avatar for John
    John April 3rd, 2010

    I was playing an intense game of beer pong. Then I went to grab the ball on a roll back slipped and bashed my head on the table. I sat up to a hand full of blood. A friend drove me to the er and had 2 staples put in.

  18. Avatar for Sarah
    Sarah June 12th, 2010

    2 days ago... I'm pregnant with our first and, therefore, clumsier than ever... couldn't have been a cool volleyball injury or something like that... nope, climbing the stairs - window at the top was open and took the corner in the head. With pregnancy hormones rushing... my husband didn't know how to deal with me: crying, bleeding from the head, hysterical - so he took me to the local urgent care clinic and dropped me off to return home and do yard work. His cousin - who is like my sister - came to the clinic to meet me. What he doesn't realize is that ALL emotions are out of whack - so to say he got "snapped at" later would be a (well-deserved) understatement. 5 staples, no local - guess this is a good "welcome" to motherhood. His cousin told me this is only the beginning... fun being able to use only an ice pack. Guess I see why you should never mess with a momma' bear!

  19. Avatar for Amber
    Amber August 10th, 2010

    Eight days ago I was taking a shower at school acfter band camp. The floors were just recently waxed and they were soaked from the shower. I stupidly left my shoes and towel across the room. I was walking toward my clothes and I slipped. Both of my feet flew up in the air and I landed on my head. I now have ten staples in my head and I am getting them out tomorrow!

  20. Avatar for Jussy
    Jussy August 21st, 2010

    I had three staples today I was playfoghing with a couple of friends and I got pushed back and hit my head off of the corner of a wall. I have a phobia of shots so I got the staples with out the numbing it wasn't een that bad and I'm just a little girl lmao.

  21. Avatar for Midshipmen11
    Midshipmen11 October 18th, 2010

    I just got a staple yesterday and it did not hurt at all. i just heard a click and it was done like thats it

  22. Avatar for squall
    squall November 12th, 2010

    i was walking in 100mph winds and got a roof tile on my head... 6 staples along the laceration and i keep catching the darned things and it hurts like mad... whoever invented these things needs shooting lol... i cant get a good nights sleep and i have to wait a week to geth them out :/

  23. Avatar for jonny
    jonny December 1st, 2010

    Got 8 staples in my head yesterday. I was in my dorm hallway and I jumped up, hit my head on the edge of a lower part of the ceiling and i rode an ambulance to the hospital. The peroxide they rubbed on my wound hurt the most.

  24. Avatar for Laura
    Laura January 21st, 2011

    I lost balance and fell smack dead on cement, head first. Had 5 staples put in for a 2-1/2 inch laceration. Took total of 3 hrs to be discharged after CT scan and stapling. Very painful, hard to sleep. Cannot wait to get them out. People at work want to design me bubble wrap suits and some call me Miss Staples. Very funny!

  25. Avatar for Squid
    Squid September 25th, 2011

    We must all be in the same boat, lol!! Shopping at lowes and got hit on the head by a falling 12' 1by4.. Ouch!! Saw a few stars but never went out. By ambulance to ER.. 5 1/2 cm cut got 7 staples with no numbing, talk about hurt:(( and a tetanus shot on top!! Remind me to wear a hard hat next time :) oh and lowes is footing the bill, how kind!!!

  26. Avatar for momma
    momma October 1st, 2011

    My son had to get 3 staples in his head. No numbing. And he is only 5. He screamed at the doctors You lied to me, u said it wouldn't hurt. It seemed like horrible pain!

  27. Avatar for Sean
    Sean September 5th, 2013

    Head butted another kid on a corner kick, 3 cm laceration on the top of my scalp and bled a lot. I got four staples. I have my first league game in 4 days, can I play in it?