First, I want to apologize for the graphic nature of the picture that’s included with this post and also, for the graphic descriptions that I’m going to give. So, I apologize. Now… I underwent a little “procedure” this morning. I had an ingrown toenail removed. I was referred to Doctor Walter Zelasko by my doctor and I must say, he was awesome!!! First, he said to call him Doctor “Z” if I couldn’t say Zelasko. I can say it, but I always call my doctors “Doc.” Yeah, I’m that guy and I’m sure that doesn’t surprise you, Dear Reader, at all.
Doc Z examined the toe, told me what he was going to do, what it was going to entail and the after care. I saw them roll in needles. I’m good with needles in my arms and arse but don’t like anyone near, around, close to, in close proximity or touching my feet. I have always hated that. Don’t even look at them; especially now that I have a farmer’s tan, very tanned legs and very white feet, it looks like I’m still wearing socks even when I’m not. You can ask Tracy Krohn, my acupuncturist, that I don’t usually flip out unless she’s putting pins in my feet. But, he numbed that big toe with two needles and I never felt anything, at all with that. There was a little warmth as the numbing started but none of the needles.
They numbed it, and then cut a sliver of the nail along the side and pulled the excess nail, that which was causing me problems and pain, out to allow it to drain all the infection and gunk out of it. The whole time Doc Z and his nurse, I hate I didn’t get her name, talked to me about what I do, podcasting, playing music, voice overs, anything to keep my mind off what was going on. He wrapped it in gauze and had me hang my foot over the side of the table to allow it to drain. He gave me my instructions and left the nurse to clean up the toe. She cleaned it and then rewrapped it and had me dangle again to get all the bleeding and infection out of my system. She brought it up and cleaned it again, and then rewrapped it again. So, with my sock on, it looks like I have a big toe the size of a golf ball. I’ve also had a rough go with that toe over the last few weeks. I played a show last Saturday with it and whilst on stage, I didn’t feel it much, but I think that was the adrenaline. But, it’s ripped out now.
It’s still numb. He told me that it would be sore, but I shouldn’t have too much actual pain from it. I have to soak it in Epsom salts twice a day, take some antibiotics, use Neosporin and come back in 10 days (ish). I also can’t do The Man Who Walked the Town for a couple of weeks. So, I should really use that time to make up posting about the last few walks that I have done, right? Yeah, I’ll really need to get that caught up. And if you have any foot problems, including an ingrown toenail. Do all that you can to get Doc Z, because he is awesome and amazing!!!
Well, that’s what I got and I do apologize again if it’s been too graphic. And, until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“You learn to control every aspect of your muscles, your face, your toes, your fingernails. And that is how you tell a story, through movement.” – Karlie Koss