When It Rains It Pours…
A little over a week ago I was walking through my living room and stubbed my toe. Not sure on what – it could have been anything from a guitar to a hind catcher’s helmet. The point is, when I did, it broke a small little corner of my big toenail.
Now me being a too-lazy-to-walk-in-the-bathroom-to-get-the-clippers kind of girl, I decided just to jerk the little piece of broken nail off and let that be the end of the story.
What I unintentionally pulled off my toe was the entire skin fold from tip to root.
My inner child is still screaming.
After the initial pain and shock, I figured it was all good. It was a little tender but, hey, I am woman. I’ve had babies. This is nothing, right?
The end result has been a disgusting infection (TMI?) which has necessitated my limping for days now. The only silver lining I can see at this point is that I’ll have an awesomely buff right thigh from hauling the rest of my gimpy self around.
I was pretty certain I would end up having to go to the doctor so last night I got online to see if I could find pictures of a similar problem and what kind of treatment I might expect.
Another wrong move.
I found a YouTube video of an actual ingrown toenail surgery. Someone tell me why I watched it? Have you ever watched a horror movie knowing you didn’t want to see the hatchet job about to happen but some twisted part of you just couldn’t turn it off? That same sickening fascination took over my body. I watched from the time the doc plunged in the pinky-thick anesthesia needle until he pulled out the funkiest hunk of toenail you can possibly imagine. Truly, the size of what was hiding in that man’s foot boggled the mind.
The heebie jeebies. I still have them.
So, after seeing that video I was bound and determined I wasn’t going anywhere near a doctor even though I didn’t have this same ailment. My only option was alternative medicine.
Now, in the course of my injury I’ve had quite a few suggestions as to what I could do to heal my toe old wives tale style. One of these came from my friend Jenny who suggested putting it in turpentine.
I can totally see how soaking in a hazardous, flammable liquid would take care of my problem right away. If you no longer have a toe, you no longer have an infected toe, yes?
I found a much more reasonable course of treatment that included soaking it in warm salt water. Hmmmm….Salt Water vs. Turpentine. How’s a girl to choose?
And now I must stand and give a testimony.
Warm salt water is the Healing Nectar of the Lord. In only an hour my foot was miraculously on the mend after days and days of peroxide and Neosporin accomplished nothing. I was actually able to put my foot in a closed-toed shoe today. Not that I plan on doing that often because, hello? It is the season of the flip flop.
In the meantime, we just gotta keep the cute little Morton girls with umbrellas from realizing the power they possess. It’ll be a bad day if they join forces with the oil sheiks and learn the art of price gouging.
Or worse, take their product to Ebay.
Oh ouch! I had an ingrown toenail removed and it takes forever for it to heal! Salt…salt of the earth. There must be a reason why the Lord talks about it in such positive ways! LOL
Glad your toe is better!
I had it done in September and I was wearing a bandage for almost a month. The worst pain actually was where they put the needle. But I would do it again, nothing hurts more than an ingrown!
Love your blog. :)
I was grossed out even reading about what you watched. Feet in general aren’t my favorite body part…
I am so glad you found a stay-at-home-take-care-of-it-yourself kinda fix!
The heebie jeebies. Um, yeah. Thanks for sharing.
Yep, warm salt water is just the thing. Just don’t gargle with it afterwards. :=)
You are so honest and awesome. It’s so refreshing to know that we can be real. And yes I’ve been real close to there and it’s not fun. Last year on vaction, oh well we are survivors right? Love your blog you always get me laughing.
My hubby still talks about having one removed as a young person…shot after shot after shot and it still wasn’t numbed but they went ahead and did it anyway…can you even imagine!?!
My Husband (who is a physician) swears by salt water (i.e. saline nasal spray). I think we buy stock in it! Glad you are feeling better!
I wouldn’t mind soaking my toe in saltwater but I draw the line on gargling with it (which is my mom’s cure-all for everything that ails you). Talk about gagging! Blech.
Glad your toe is on the mend! Because you are right– it IS the season of the flip flop. Flip flop and flaming infections just don’t go together very well.
Hey thanks for the tip and of course the incredibly funny story to go with it! Sorry to laugh at your pain though!
This cracks me up because I wrote about salt yesterday. And yes, it is an old-fashioned treatment that works wonders.
My toes curled just from reading that! But I’m glad you’re feeling better.
I’m so sorry to hear about your injury. My teen son had his ingrown toenail removed yesterday. His NP told him Epson salt. I dont know the difference.
Blessings in Christ-
As someone who has had at least 5 different toenail retractions (on the same big toe! stubborn nail kept coming back!) I can tell you, Epsom Salt. Soak your foot in warm water with a bit of Epsom salt. it draws the infection out and works great.
lol Turpentine! What about diesel fuel? or kerosene? Salt water is way to tame and boring! No flames or anything!
If you run outta the Mortons then pick up some Epsom Salt. BTW, I was getting a little queasy just reading your blog…
Oh, hee hee, that was funny! I’m glad your toe is on the mend!
Hi! I hopped over from Fran’s blog. She helped me out with a little bloggy problem, and said YOU were the one that helped her know how to fix my problem. So, via Fran, Thank You!
Seriously I read through this post VERY quickly. Before becoming a SAHM, I was a nail tech.. and I did pedicures a lot! But that story was too much! I’m glad you got the infection under control! Untreated it could have turned into FUNGUS! EW! And getting rid of that, my friend, is like trying to get rid of the plague! BTW, I would keep soaking it for a while.. just to avoid the F word! :)
Ohh that sounds painful! Glad you’re better now.
I’m scarred! Scarred! I, a totally non-medical kindofgirl, had to go to youtube and search ingrown toe removal. And I watched one.
I think I found the perfect weapon to help me not snack at night time – go watch that again!
Really?? This happened?? Seriously?? A youtube video on this stuff??? I’m so glad you didn’t show us a picture…..love you, but.
Lisa, i had an in growntoe nail removed and to the doctor told me Epson salt every night and I wore a bandage for a month of course I would change it everyday and it heal! salt well heal :)!!marina
I am sorry about your boo-boo, but am so glad it’s better. Aren’t you thankful is flip flop season?
I sorta did the same thing with my little toe a few years ago. Learned my lesson well! It wasn’t flip flop season. Ouch!
….and tea tree oil is the most wonderful thing I’ve used for promoting healing. Find it in the vitamin section at Wal-Mart.
I broke off just the corner of my thumb nail, down to the “quick.” I didn’t realize how often I used that little portion of my body, until I started typing. With each tap of the space bar I was reminded of it’s importance.
When I lived in the south it was Epsom salt or Mecuricom (sp) for EVERYTHING!
Glad you are getting some relief.
Ugh, I just mangled my thigh with a desk drawer just a couple hours ago and it HURTS SO BAD! Maybe I should try saline?! Hmmm?!
Sorry ’bout your toe!
I watched my high schooler have her ingrown toenails removed and crawl around. Decided to keep mine. I got a toe infection from jogging/walking miles and miles on the beach this week stepping on shells…I’m looking for the girl w/ umbrella to pour her out. Extremely pertinent info for me over here! Hope your recovery is full and fast.
Ouch! I hate it when things like that happen. That darn nail just wouldn’t cooperate with you would it? Glad to hear the salt worked, PRAISE GOD!!
I have to agree with you on the Patriarch’s study. It is my favorite so far by Beth also. I loved going back and forth in the OT & NT. There were nights when I just sat there listening to the video session covered in goosebumps. What an awesome study.
I am looking forward to doing her Esther study when it comes out.
Thank you for adding me to your blogroll. It is nice to meet you.
Have a Blessed day!
You could have gone to the beach and put your toe in salt water. There you go–an excuse to go to the beach! Hope it continues to improve!
Yeah, I’ve used the tea tree oil…in fact I use it on my feet everyday in the shower.
Hope you’re feeling better…and so glad the salt water helped. I remember using turpentine one year to get a splinter out…it works.
I’m with Bev. I opted to keep my ingrown toenails! My Dad had the surgery years ago and I don’t have the nerve. I have one that just stays ingrown.
I had that surgery as a kid…goodness, I still have nightmares.
My teenage son has one and I thought for sure he was headed into surgery but for God! We have a salt maker in our pool and the salt water this summer has healed one of his toes and is doing a mighty work on the second…Praise God!
…and please tell your husband, I LOVED your toe post.
All I can say it OUCH!
Oh. My gosh.
A dear friend of mine pulled out her own ingrown toenail with pliers, thank you, and she assured me that it was indeed worse than childbirth.
She should have tried salt water.