I am very fortunate that I don’t get sick often, which is really a surprise with no immune system (and as I’ve said before, had every test that any type of “ologist” can give me and no answer).
When I DO have to go to the Dr, it is usually for something of a doosie. I usually just have to go in September for my annual blood work. But last year, about this same time I ended up on crutches for 6 or 7 weeks and then the following 3 weeks were spent running back and forth to the Soo to see an orthotist, THEN the rest of the summer was spent getting use to custom arch supports. I didn’t get a lot of exercise last summer and most everything fell on to Dan to do.
So, yes I have been looking forward to THIS spring and summer (I will keep my crutches handy because there is no guarantee that the supports will eliminate the problem). I don’t mind push mowing when the mosquitoes aren’t too bad and it isn’t hotter than hell and I don’t mind running the big mower either. I have been looking forward to being OUTSIDE WORKING.
I noticed about a month ago that my big toe on my left foot seemed kind of tender when I had my shoes on. It felt like my shoes were too short, so I chalked it up to wearing heavy winter socks inside my summer walking shoes….but WAIT!!! I had been doing that since fall and it hadn’t bothered then. Hmmmm…
It wasn’t that my toenails needed trimming and my toes and nails looked OK. So I tried to ignore it.
It has gotten to the point now that I can’t ignore it, not if I want to do any walking at all and now BOTH big toes are involved….even with summer socks on.
Dan and I both looked at my big toes and nails last night and I said “MY toes look like my Grandpa’s toes!!” I Googled my “yellowish colored and thickening nails” and came up with a fungus! DON’T ASK ME WHY, BUT THIS IS EMBARRASSING!! And of course, from what I have read, it isn’t something easy to get rid of! HOW do you get a fungus when you aren’t anyplace to get one???
I read about “home made treatments”…some of which involved Listerine and vinegar. No, you don’t gargle with it; you soak your feet in it. Another one calls for Vicks Vaporub. Some people swear by those things and say they work miracles, others say the only way to treat it is to see the Dr and even then it can take a year to cure! AND it can come back! AND the medications that I’ve seen advertised on TV for this require you to have blood tests to check your liver while taking the medicine (with no wbc, you can see how I could be anxious about all of this).
So I guess I’ll have to get an appointment with my Dr and see what can be done. Maybe I’ll get lucky and this isn’t a fungus. And I hope he doesn’t tell me I have to go without my shoes because I cannot. They are on my feet from the moment I get up until I go to bed. I HAVE to have my arch supports. I’d rather cut a hole in both shoes where my big toes are!
3 weeks ago