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Self harm tool - May 10th 2017, 06:32 PM

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Not sure if this is the right place - sorry if it isn't.
So my dad got a splinter and asked me to help cause he couldn't get it out. He was digging for it with tweezers and a nail clipper and couldn't get it all out. He got part of it out but not the part that was buried more deeply in his hand.
I have a ___, something i use to self harm sometimes - it's pretty sharp and very accurate and I've also used it to dig out splinters I've gotten at work.
I was torn between asking if he wanted to use that to get the splinter out - after cleaning/sterilizing it of course - but i was scared about him asking why i have it/where i got it/what i use it for so i kept quiet. What should I have done?


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Re: Self harm tool - May 10th 2017, 11:15 PM

Not offering your dad your tool to remove his splinter is understandable. It is only natural to want to avoid questions like that. You didn't do anything wrong. It's hard to say that you "should" have done one thing as opposed to something else in this situation. You "could" have done something else, but there isn't a definitive thing you necessarily "should" have done, if that makes sense.

Maybe his splinter will work its way out on its own. If not, whether or not you offer him the tool is up to you.


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