I’ve had this owie for quite some time and it has caused this Neurotic Man to do what he does best – ignore it – no matter how much it hurts. This is quite a trick, given my status as a Neurotic Man, to act like a john Wayne character when all I want to do is scream and cry into my pillow like a little girl (or little boy). I decided that I best read up on the subject as knowledge is power, after all. Though I do get confused – confusion ala Trump can seem also powerful at times (especially running against sixteen or seventeen faux candidates.)
“What are ingrown toenails?”
“An ingrown toenail is caused by the pressure from the ingrowth of the nail edge into the skin of the toe. Once the edge of the nail breaks through the skin, it produces inflammation. Initially presenting as a minor discomfort, it may progress into an infection in the adjacent skin (cellulitis) and/or become a reoccurring problem. Ingrown toenails most commonly affect the large (great) toes. An ingrown toenail is medically referred to as onychocryptosis.” http://www.medicinenet.com/ingrown_toenail/article.htm
After reading this article about ingrown toe nails to begin my research, kind of like a Prelude to a Kiss, I had to fight not to get sick though I admit I threw up in my mouth a little bit. This Neurotic Man might be tough as John Wayne but that doesn’t mean he can’t also be sensitive and recognize an owie when he had one.
I got in my car and drove to the doctor’s office Ow! Ow! Ow! I hated the doctor’s parking lot. Narrow lanes and no plants – all shiny asphalt. I hated the doctor’s office – so sterile but to be fair it was shared by six other doctors and the receptionist was kind of mean and my anxiety went soaring like a dove flying into the late morning sky of blue and white fluffy clouds (just wanted to show you that I still had it – I still wax poetic.)
The doctor was a gem, though, and he had quite the sense of humor and he stuck a needle in my big toe with the toe nail problem between jokes and before you knew it he had cut and pulled the nasty piece of the toe nail out. He wrapped it up and I put my shoe back on and went home. All I have to say is owie gone! This Neurotic Man gets to ponder other worries.