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Ever been stabbed by a cactus?

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Freakin' yucca tree got me! I was playing golf at Crystalaire CC today, its out in the desert near Palmdale, CA. about an hour from L.A. Anyway, I was being a good guy looking for my opponent's ball and walked right into this thing. Straight stabbed me right under the knee. It was a clean puncture, in and out and I didn't really feel it. Just looked down at my knee and blood was spewing out. I swear I felt it hit my bone too. Stinkin' little jerk totally got me. I gave it a little feel after this happened and sure enough, felt like steel. This happened on the 18th hole, and after we finished we asked the guy in the shop if I had to be concerned about poison or anything. Thankfully no, but he did mention that he's seen golf balls stuck right in the things. In anycase, if you're ever at Crystalaire, or playing near cactus, be careful. These suckers are sneaky. Crystalaire on the other hand. Really fun golf course!


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Re: Ever been stabbed by a cactus?

Yes, I was in El Paso a couple of weeks ago and walked into one outside the hotel lobby (talking over my shoulder to a co-worker). Boy, was I surprised about getting gored (in the arm), we don't have cactus in Michigan lol.
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did you need stiches?
post #4 of 15
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Nah, luckily no stiches. Just a clean puncture. Only bled for two mintes or so.
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Ben you seem to be really injury prone lol
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Holy cow that does look painful. I did fall into a patch of cactus when I was pretty young (about 4) and I must have had dozens of pricklers in me. It was pretty bad lol
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Re: Ever been stabbed by a cactus?

Originally Posted by Ben View Post
Nah, luckily no stiches. Just a clean puncture. Only bled for two mintes or so.
Ben, I don’t want to sound too maternal, but if I were you I would get a tetanus shot immediately.
post #8 of 15

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Wow Ben! You could have been seriously injured!
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I was actually quite worried at first. It got me right in the sweet spot under the knee cap and over the next big leg bone, what felt like through the ligaments or cartilage or whatever. But after a few minutes and a couple of holes golfing on it, there was no pain, swelling nor redness, so I figured I was alright. When I got out of the car after the hour's drive home, it was a little tight in that knee, but I wasn't terribly concerned. And now it is fine. No sign of anything. Thanks for the concern though.
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Stabbed by a cactus and stung by a scorpion the same day. (Cuba) I was hurting!
post #11 of 15
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^^ haha, nice! I guess I shouldn't laugh, but that's nuts.
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I've never been tagged by a big one but I used to have a few smaller ones when I was younger. One like this in particular got me a few times. It feels fury to touch but it leaves hundreds of tiny little spikes in your hand that hurt like hell and are near impossible to get out because they're so tiny.

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^^ That thing looks gnarly.
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I got one. I used to mountain bike many miles a day (20-30) when I lived in Phoenix. I once fell off the bike, and put my hand down to break my fall. I landed right on a cholla cactus. The cholla's barbs are so small (as wide as hair), that you can't grab onto them to remove them. What's worse, they have barbs so you can't pull them back out. Once they go in, bottom line, they don't come out. This was the most pain I've ever felt from a cactus related injury.
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Exuse me but does anyone know what that type of cactus is because I have one of them. when I got it I just read how much water it needed then tossed the slip away hat had all the detailsd2_doh.gif, now I am really needing it or it may die a5_crying.gif (not the water) can you please tell me by email at    craigatron@hotmail.co.uk      I really need help and FAST!

Please anyone!

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