Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tape for Finger, Glue for Toe

I don't know why I feel the need to post about things like this but it's journaling, I guess.

This past February, I ran with a group of friends in the Ragnar Del Sol Relay and completely drained my body that weekend. I've heard that losing toenails is commonplace among runners but thought,
"That's ridiculous......and disgusting."
Since a few weeks after the race, I realized my toenail was different and I've been able to keep the breaking at bay until now.
(Sorry to the weak in stomach)

The break is nearly halfway down my toe and it's only on that one corner!!!
What am I supposed to do? Cut off that corner and have an "L" shaped toenail?
NO was my answer. I couldn't find any super glue in the house, plus... that stuff burns my nose. So I pulled out my hot glue gun instead. I don't have an after picture but just imagine a flat glob of glue all along the top right corner of my nail and you'll pretty much have the image down pat.
You can't tell from a few feet away though so it works for me.

My second "my body is falling apart" moment happened about a month ago.
I broke my finger moving a couch and figured it was just jammed really, REALLY, bad because I could still move it just fine.

It had bruised almost instantly and swelled up pretty bad the next few days. Swollen and purple, then I burned while pulling out a pan from the oven so it had itchy peeling skin also. Nice.
Still tender to type and play piano after a few weeks, I asked a lady at work to take a few x-rays. Took those images into a specialist and.... yep.... broken.
The picture below is only slightly exaggerated, but I had started to notice that my finger wouldn't straighten out all the way:
and unless I wanted my finger to heal that way, I needed a splint.
Thank heavens it wasn't one of those awkward looking, full finger metal contraptions I sometimes see.
Just a tiny piece I tape on to keep the tip in line.
For 6 weeks.
Two weeks down, four to go.