Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Surgery & Socks & Other Stuff

Hello faithful followers & anyone passing by to check me out   : )

I had some unexpected surgery yesterday.  When John & I were in Las Vegas last February, I wore a new pair of shoes ... same brand/style/size as my previous pair ... & we did a lot of walking.  By the end of our trip, I was having a lot of pain in my left big toe.  By the time we arrived home, the toe was swollen & bruised & the nail was discolored.  I tried to get an appointment with more than one podiatrist in The Devil's Playground, but despite me describing my discomfort to their receptionists, I was told that I would have to wait weeks/months for an appointment as a new patient.  I gave up & decided things would eventually get better.  They didn't.  As the pain was increasing again, I decided last Friday that it was time to seek out another podiatrist.  I called one a few blocks away & was asked if I could come in on Monday (yesterday).  I couldn't believe the difference between a normal town & The Devil's Playground, but then again, I could. Anyway, a very nice doctor who looked like he was still in high school ordered a few x-rays to make sure there was no bone damage (there wasn't) & he then informed me that it would be best for him to perform some minor surgery to remove the nail.  I won't go into the details, but it was interesting to watch.  (He was rather surprised that I didn't want him to lay me back so that I would be unable to see what was going on, but I find medical procedures to be quite interesting.)

I think it's kind of, well, disgusting when people post photos of their swollen puss-oozing wounds, so fear not ... no photo like that is being posted here. I did, however, decide to post the following photo showing the huge bandage I had to contend with yesterday.

I got to soak the foot, remove the bandage, & redress the wound this morning.  I will have to do this for the next two weeks until I return to see Doogie Howser for a followup.

In case you're wondering, that is my crocheted blanket I let you have a peek at a while back.  I took a break from it for a while so I could search out information about hiding ends.  I am now working on the last row of the border & will be able to show it to you in full before too long   : )

I also have a new pair of socks on my needles.  It was next to impossible to take a photo that shows this yarn to its best advantage, but it is a lovely gradient grey yarn with silver metallic sparkles in it.  It is Dream in Color's Starry line with a great name for the colorway ... Grey Tabby : )  
I also knitted a little mittens ornament from some leftover sock yarn.  It was a fun pattern & I look forward to knitting more of these   : )   The mittens are about the size of half dollar.  
Can anyone believe that Thanksgiving is next week? I think this year has flown by faster than any others in my memory.  I still have to do my grocery shopping!  And before we know it, it will be Christmas!  It always sneaks up on us, doesn't it.  

That's all for today!    

18 comments:

gracie said...

OIh my...I had to have a toe nail removed surgically and I thought I would die...guess I am a wimp! and no, I did not watch! No bumping the toe! Love the colors of the afghan. Heal quickly...

marly said...

You've been a busy gal this year so I can understand how time slipped by. But then again, I wasn't that busy and it still did. Isn't it great that some docs are OK with minor surgeries in office? I had all mine done that way but he is the only podiatrist here that does so, all others require out patient hospital.

Robin in Virginia said...

Shirlee, I am glad you went to have your foot looked at. Praying that this solves the pain issue and that your toe is on the mend to a full healing. Your afghan is looking lovely and those mittens are adorable. Nice looking start on the socks! Thinking of you!

Claire Kelly said...

Hope your toe us t too painful! Love the Cosy it's really gorgeous!

Lynda Ruth Bowers said...

will your nail grow back. Guess those shoes are alittle tight. will you be wearing them again. Glad you got help for your toe. love the socks and the mitten ornament. Sweet take care big hugs

Vicki said...

Oww! I'm glad you were able to get into the Dr. so quickly and get your toe attended to. Praying for a speedy recovery!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Gosh, what a big toe bandage! Hope it does the trick or you'll be wearing open toed shoes in December.

I couldn't watch something like that but Hubby is fascinated by it all.

It's interesting the way you have specialist doctors for each ailment. We just go to a GP (General Practioner) for everything, he would probably have done minor surgery like that too. Anything bigger and we go to the hospital.

Maggee said...

I guess you did need to get to a doctor after that trip! Glad to see it has been taken care of and that you were okay about the surgery. I hope that in two weeks, it will be healed enough to shed that big old bandage! Cute little mitten ornie! Hugs!

Von said...

Praying that your toe will heal completely and you'll be able to walk without pain!!
November in particular is whizzing by! It's time for me to put shopping lists together for holiday baking!

Frances N said...

Oh my--that does sound painful! I'm glad you were able to get it tended to! I'm sure it will heal fine and you'll be ready to dance in no time!!!
All of your projects look great! You have been busy!

butterfly said...

Oh your poor toe, hope it is better soon.
Cute little mitts.
Wow this year has flew, take care .

Paula Lima said...

Get well! I would never look, you are brave indeed!

Carol said...

You are braver than I am, Shirlee--I can't imagine wanting to watch any medical procedure. The mere thought of bloods makes me weak in the knees--honestly! I sure hope it feels better soon and the nail grows back quickly. I lost a fingernail in high school to a slammed door and it hurt for so long, but eventually grew back nice and strong :)

Love your little mittens and the blanket sure is pretty--glad your toe problem didn't interfere with your creativity!

Sarah in Stitches said...

Ouch!! I'm glad they were able to deal with it quickly, but that sounds really painful. Hopefully it heals soon. Beautiful knitting - I love those little mini mittens!

Dirt Road Primitives said...

Hello there I am so excited I just came across your blog and love it.....I am sorry about your toe omg it looks painful....thank you for sparing the gory details :) v I do hope it heals fast.....

Your blanket looks just awesome, what we can see :(0)....I love to crochet, paint. Sew, stitch a little bit of everything... I look forward to visiting more often......

Blessings on a speedy recovery.....

Rhonda in Ohio

Julie said...

Get well {hugs}, my son had that operation too Hope you are soon feeling much better.
Nice socks, your blanket looks lovely.

Kaisievic said...

Nice socks and crocheted blankie, so glad that you have finally been able to get your toe looked at. Take care, my dear friend.

Sally said...

Hope you are healing well.

Oooh you have been busy with your knitting. Those socks are looking lovely and I love your mittens ornament.