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A long time ago, I was a child. (I started out as Cathy First from Colon, Mi.) For the past several years I’ve been an adult. A lot of things went on between those two stages of life; probably no more or no less than anyone elses. My husband and I moved to “da U .P” from southern Lower Michigan several years ago (yes we were trolls at one time). We owned and operated and operate Clementz’s Northcountry Campground and Cabins just north of Newberry, Michigan until May 2015. We have grown kids and grandkids (who all live downstate). My passion is life and all that Nature has to offer us and trying to photograph it in unique ways. Our intention in life is to see all that Nature has to offer us. We hope that you will be a part of our adventures as we cruise through our lives together. Come back often!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

THIS LITTLE PIGGY WENT TO MARKET (but should have stayed home!)

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!


  1. Cathy I got a few nails with that stupid fungus and they told me that Lamasil as you mentioned is hard on your liver which is why they want your blood tested if you take it. My doctor advised to stay away from it and try the topicals but I've had no luck. Anyway recently on the Today show they reported a new painless laser treatment to kill the fungus but it's supposedly so new that not too many Podiatrists have the equipment to do it yet. Just thought you might be interested in that.

  2. Jeff, thanks for that info. I've done a search on it since you suggested it and came up with some other "ineresting" stuff...for example, what I think might be a fungus might not be one at all and could be something else (can't remember the name but it wasn't good) and a podiatrist should take a culture to make sure it either IS a fungus or this other thing. Now, I've gotta look it up again so I can remember what I'm trying to talk about!

    Thanks for the input!

  3. Jeff, here is the other info I found;

    How is toenail fungus diagnosed? Diagnosis of onychomycosis can only be made by a toenail biopsy. Your podiatrist can take a small piece of the leading nail and send it for a special stain that shows the fungus. A PAS stain is usually faster and more accurate than a fungal culture, because often the fungus does not grow in the laboratory. Do not assume you have onychomycosis. Psoriasis and other skin disorders as well as chronic trauma can look like fungus. Also, a melanoma under the nails can mimic fungus, but can be deadly if there is a delay in diagnosis. If you suspect you have toenail fungus, don’t delay, see your podiatrist today!

  4. I am behind on catching up with reading everyone else's blogs..
    so by now, do you have a diagnosis?
    I just know you should get it checked, because skin and toe infections can go into your blood and you can get septicemia...so best to get it checked out by a Physician!!
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  5. I can't see a podiatrist till May 13th. I'm beginning to think I've got a new nail starting under the old one but still want to make sure. I had septicemia as a baby and almost died...and it was never figured out how or why I had it.

    And with no WB cells to speak of, I get kind of nervous about things!


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