"Fifteen-year-old 'Richard' wandered into the high school health center to ask us to take a look at his foot," recalls the pediatric nurse practitioner staffing the center on that day. "He seemed pretty casual, just wondering since we were there anyway if we'd see him.
"I told him, sure, feet were on special on Tuesdays; but when he gingerly removed his boot, I saw we had a problem here. He had a significant cellulitis, and the classic red lines of blood poisoning running up his leg.
"He reported having run a nail through his sneaker into his foot on the farm 5 days earlier. 'It hurt like all get-out there at first,' he told me, 'but I pulled it out and limped around for a while and it seemed OK, so I didn't think any more of it. But now it's real sore and I wonder if I busted something.'