Ok I know this ‘toe related’ rambling is getting tedious… but it’s a blog and if I can’t whinge here where can I do it? 🙂
So today, I got to the specialist after I managed to find a space at the other end of the car park. Naturally, as I approached the building itself two people pulled out of parking spaces right alongside!!!!!!!!!!! Typical that.
The specialist (who was as strange this week as last) looked at my toe slowly oozing away quietly, and decided it really wasn’t improving as much as it might have and decided the nail would have to come off. Couldn’t help but agree, it didn’t look at all healthy.
He snipped off the stitches and away it came leaving a lovely soupy looking mess. He said the ‘soupy’ look will clear up quickly if it’s kept exposed to the air (???) so he wants to me to spend as much time as possible with it uncovered. Since I’m spending most of my time at home he thinks this is ideal… hmmm! However he also thinks it would be good for it to be covered when I go out… not for my benefit but for the general public because they’ll freak out Eww…… charming!!! 😀
As far as the rest of my life is concerned, I can now go back to doing whatever it is I want to do (except for making sure the toe has a dressing on it whilst I’m out and about). One immediate benefit of his decision was that without the nail my toe stopped ‘hurting’ immediately. I assume the nail was digging in somewhere, or maybe the stitches were pulling or something… either way it feels better.
I have to keep it ‘clean’, mostly by showering, but occasionally bathing the foot in a salt solution wouldn’t hurt it either – tho he doesn’t think salt baths are particularly effective (tho *I* do and that’s what counts!). 🙂
Either way…. I’m now less one toenail. Lucky me.
Another handy decision was that I can go back to the gym when I like! Before I make a start back on the treadmill, I think I’ll wait a day or two to give the nail a chance to bed dry out a little, and especially before I try walking about in trainers! Even then I’ll need a dressing on it while I’m wearing them – at the best of times the inside of trainers isn’t the healthiest of places. 🙂
So – towards the end of the week I’ll drop in and start ‘testing it out’. If I can walk for 30 mins or so with no undue pain or damage I’ll he happy… if exhausted. I can start properly next Monday and… maybe… this time I can start to *lose* weight again! Oddly enough, I can hardly weight… err wait.
Will the nail regrow… if it does what will it look like… watch this space for future developments… or not! 🙂