GOD GOD WHY
September 28, 2012 8:22 AM Subscribe
So my cat just spectacularly broke a CFL lightbulb. I've read the other Asks on this topic, but I still have a few questions.
posted by Coatlicue to Health & Fitness (17 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My cat climbed on top of a desk, and knocked the lamp off. The CFL bulb shattered into a thousand pieces. I didn't know what had happened, so I walked in there and stepped on the shards with my bare freaking feet. I don't believe I was cut, but I was standing on them.
Why did I not call Poison Control or even my doctor? Because I have no phone.
I swept up the shards the best I could (it's a hardwood floor), covered the area in dish soap, and wiped it down with a rag. I disposed of the rag, the dustpan, and the broom. I didn't use gloves, because we don't have any. I didn't even think the air out the room before I put down the soap, but the house is airing out now. When the bulb was broken the air conditioner was off, and the fan in that room was off.
I was able to contain the offending cat to another room before she tromped around in it too much, but not the other cat. And he tromped in it, ran on our bed, ran throughout the house, ran into the bathroom. What am I supposed to do about that? I walked to the fire station around the corner and asked them, and they said "the bulbs have more halogen in them than anything, you should be fine". What.
I cannot take either of the cats to the vet. In theory, I can go to the doctor if I _have to_, but we will have no money left. My husband will end up taking vacation days from work because he won't be able to afford the gas.
I'm getting from the other Asks, that this is probably not a terribly big deal. But I do need to figure out what to do about the cats possibly tracking mercury into our bed, all over the floors, and etc. We can throw out some things, but we are not in a position to throw out all of our bedclothes, and that seems like overkill.