A Trenton, Georgia, woman is recovering after tripping over her cat Lucifer and falling onto a steak knife Sunday.
Kristin McCoy, 38, said she was unloading her dishwasher when one of her cats — she'd only had him for about a month — approached her, wanting some attention. When she tried to shoo him away, she tripped over him and landed on the kitchen floor.
That's when she realized she'd fallen on a steak knife, which was stuck in her abdomen.
"It felt weird," she said in an email to the Times Free Press on Monday. " I calmly sat up, reached for my phone on the counter, called my daughter and my boyfriend, then called 911."
For the most part, she didn't really have time to react, but her more than 20 years of medical experience kicked in and she knew not to pull out the knife, she said.
That was a good thing because the knife was just millimeters from a major blood vessel, McCoy said, and she's on blood thinners.
McCoy was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where after running tests she was taken to an operating room to remove the knife.
"The whole time, I'm cuttin' up with the nurses and everything," she said. "They were like, 'Oh my god, I love your attitude!' I was like, 'Hey, look! I stabbed myself. It's no big deal!' ... It was a stressful situation, but you have to kind of go at it with that sense of humor, and I kind of took my mind off it."
After about 10 hours at the hospital, McCoy was sent home, and she has a follow-up appointment with the surgeon in about two weeks. In the meantime, she's not allowed to do any lifting and has to rest for the next few days.
As for her cats, she's back to loving on all three of them again — even the one that tripped her.
"I had to give him a hug when I came home," she said. "He was a good boy."