I Cannot See a Thing

@GardenGerty (101792)
United States
January 5, 2016 6:11am CST
It is still dark outside, and we will likely leave before it is really light. By the time we return home it will be dark. That is something I dislike. I am going in to town to be with my sister while she has minor surgery on her toe. It has an ingrown nail that does not stay trimmed out. Supposedly her daughter is going to take off work and come as well. . . I do not know why. Or I do not know why I am going. I will try to have time to be on my laptop this afternoon. One of the questions doctors always ask if you have diabetes is if you have sores on your feet that do not heal. That is common for diabetics and infections often lead to amputation of the feet or foot that is affected. I think if her toe quits being ingrown my sister will enjoy walking more, and that will be good for her. I cringe thinking about the procedure, but I know it is good in the long run. How are your toes?
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@fishtiger58 (30320)
• Momence, Illinois
5 Jan 16
My toes are good thankfully. My husband has some bad toes, the nails don't grow right, but there is nothing that can be done. When he was 21 he wanted to stay at college during the summer so he took a lawn mowing job with the college. He was on a steep hill early in the morning, as you can imagine there was dew on the grass, he slipped and his foot went under the running mower. The blades went two full revolutions before he could get his foot out. He almost cut off several toes. Damaged his foot so badly that he can't bend the foot where it meets the ankle.
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@sgbrown (1642)
• United States
5 Jan 16
@fishtiger58 I am so sorry for your husband's accident! What a terrible accident and at such a young age! I guess he is lucky it didn't do more damage than it did!
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@fishtiger58 (30320)
• Momence, Illinois
5 Jan 16
@sgbrown He really is, some days if we hike to much his foot will hurt. He was on crutches for a bit over a year. He's lucky to still have a foot.
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• United States
5 Jan 16
@fishtiger58 wow what a crazy accident but lucky for your husband that he didn't lose his foot
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@LadyDuck (171344)
• Switzerland
5 Jan 16
My feet and toes are fine and healthy. I have read that there is a bit of discomfort after the toenails are removed, but the procedure is not painful. I do not know because nobody in family has ever experienced.
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@GardenGerty (101792)
• United States
6 Jan 16
Actually they did not completely remove the nail, but cut down the side and trimmed it, and a medicine was added to keep that part from growing back. I had ingrown nails when I was younger but they are fine now.
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@LadyDuck (171344)
• Switzerland
6 Jan 16
@GardenGerty I have seen how they do this, it's much better than completely remove the nail.
@Juliaacv (32484)
• Canada
5 Jan 16
I actually had an ingrown toenail a few years ago. I went to the doctor's office and he asked me to take a deep breath, he froze it, and then cut out the portion of the nail that had grown in. I put my sock and shoe on and my shoe felt tight, because of the dressing. I stopped and bought a new pair of bigger slippers and then went to work for the day. It hasn't bothered me since then at all. But I really look after my feet. I tend to soak them in a foot bath every couple of weeks and pamper them. I hope that your day isn't too long and that your sister does as well as I did.
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@GardenGerty (101792)
• United States
6 Jan 16
That is basically what was done today. There is a chemical or medicine that can be put in to keep it from growing back. She is 71 and has not always taken care of herself. I hope she does more now.
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@Juliaacv (32484)
• Canada
6 Jan 16
@GardenGerty Glad to hear that it was a success.
@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
5 Jan 16
I hope it heals well for her!
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@GardenGerty (101792)
• United States
6 Jan 16
I hope so too. She was very anxious.
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• United States
5 Jan 16
Just thinking about that procedure gives me the willies. Hope all goes well for your sister and good advice for everyone to think about their feet even if they don't have diabetes
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@GardenGerty (101792)
• United States
6 Jan 16
Yes, it is important because if our feet hurt we tend to hurt all over.
@amadeo (70666)
• United States
5 Jan 16
thank you for sharing your story with us.
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@GardenGerty (101792)
• United States
6 Jan 16
That is what my day was like, but I did not get to be on my laptop.
@scheng1 (24748)
• Singapore
5 Jan 16
I hope hers is not so bad. Once my boss had the same surgical procedure, and he had to take hospitalization leave for a few weeks. We were quite happy though. It is nice when your boss is away for a few weeks.
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@GardenGerty (101792)
• United States
6 Jan 16
The doctor says the newer procedures are much better. He will see her in about a week. I bet you enjoyed the boss being gone for a break.
@PhredWreck (6051)
5 Jan 16
Slightly gnawed. Scar keeps attacking my feet.
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@GardenGerty (101792)
• United States
6 Jan 16
Yep, cats like to do that. I hope you do not get an infection.
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@jaboUK (54872)
• United Kingdom
5 Jan 16
I hope the procedure isn't too painful for your sister.
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@GardenGerty (101792)
• United States
6 Jan 16
She took an anxiety med before hand. Her daughter did get to come be with her and she was walking fine when she left. However, the anesthetic had not worn off.
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@PainsOnSlate (20420)
• Canada
5 Jan 16
My toes are fine and dandy, I have a hard time cutting my nails and love going to a salon to have them cared for and pretty... My brother when he was younger (in his 20's had to have surgery for the same reason, He's in his 70 now and hasn't had a problem since the surgery. I hope you sister's is successful!
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@sgbrown (1642)
• United States
5 Jan 16
I tend to have ingrown toenails on my big toes, but so far I have been able to trim then out. I also have bunions on both toes but they don't bother me unless I wear high heels, which I don't do anymore. I hope your sister's surgery goes well!
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@GardenGerty (101792)
• United States
6 Jan 16
@sgbrown Five years ago I had a bunion removed. Actually, I had stubbed my toe so often, etc. that the joint was damaged. i had a titanium half ball put into my right great toe. It made a world of difference with how much knee pain and hip pain I have, because it helped correct my gait. I am glad I did it.
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@sgbrown (1642)
• United States
6 Jan 16
@GardenGerty I'm glad that surgery worked out for you so well! I have talked to several people that were not as lucky and said that it didn't make much difference to them and they would not do it again. So until it is more painful, I think I will just keep my little "bunion buddies"! LOL
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• United States
5 Jan 16
My feet and toes are fine except extremely dry heels which I neglect. I am glad you will be there to support your sister today GG. I hope she heals well and can walk more again.
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@GardenGerty (101792)
• United States
6 Jan 16
I have neglected my dry heels too. Her daughter actually drove her and went in with her, but we were not 100% the daughter could get off work. It made my sister feel good to have both of us there.
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• United States
6 Jan 16
@GardenGerty How did it go fine?
@JudyEv (130589)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Jan 16
I have one misshapen toe-nail that had one too many horses tread on it. It is hard to cut but the rest aren't too bad.
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@GardenGerty (101792)
• United States
6 Jan 16
That is often a side effect of dealing with horses. I had surgery on one toe and it is good now. It had bad bunions. I have not had any ingrown problems since I was twenty.
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@JudyEv (130589)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Jan 16
@GardenGerty My friend had an operation on her feet for bunions and something else. She was out of commission for a few weeks.
• United States
5 Jan 16
My x-husband had to have the nail on both big toes removed...according to him that was painful beyond belief.
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@GardenGerty (101792)
• United States
6 Jan 16
This podiatrist says they do not usually have to remove the whole nail anymore. I imagine once the local pain killer wears off it will hurt quite a bit. If she needs medicine, this doctor will be one to give it.
@Susan2015 (21336)
• United States
6 Jan 16
Mine are not all the way straight and can sometimes be a little bit of trouble. But I don't notice it much. Hope her appt. goes well.
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@japneet20 (253)
• New Delhi, India
6 Jan 16
I hope she gets better soon..
• China
6 Jan 16
It is nice of you to attend to your sister.Although it was a minor surgery ,but "better a finger off than aye wagging".Hope the surgery went well !
@celticeagle (119241)
• Boise, Idaho
6 Jan 16
My toes are great. My daughter had an ingrown toe until I told her how to get rid of it. Hope your sister's get well soon.
@UncleJoe (10628)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
6 Jan 16
Well, they certainly don't "twinkle" any more!
@BelleStarr (39594)
• United States
6 Jan 16
My toes are excellent, I have regular pedicures to keep those nails under control.
@Elizaby (3830)
• Pensacola, Florida
6 Jan 16
Except for me needing to trim them they are OK