Just go back from the DR, and he gave me an antibiotic to try first, since the tissue is inflamed around the toenail. He said the idea is to get the inflammation to go down, and allow the toenail to push past the normal tissue.
He said if that does not work, come back in a week and he will trim it out, but not remove the whole toenail. He also told me to soak it in soapy water as well.
I showed him my incision from my surgery, and let him check me out to see what he thought. He was very pleased with my progress, but cautioned me to not push it when I go back to work.
He also said the meds that I'm on were fine with him, but eventually wants to see me come off of them completely. Right now, he is in agreement with the surgeon, that I will be on them for the next several weeks, until the fusion starts to take place.
It was good to see him, as it has been a while. I was seeing him on a regular basis before the surgery, and we have a good trust between the two of us. I was so worried that he would be upset with me for still being on the pain meds.
He told me that I came very close to dyeing after the surgery, as the nurses were not keeping a good eye on my pain meds given to me. They kept increasing the meds, and I kept hitting the button every 15min as instructed by them.
My wife knew something was not right, but did not know any better. I remember her telling me that I looked like I was dyeing. Finally the 1st shift nurse came in, and blew her lid after she realized what was going on.
Anyway, my Dr said that I was lucky to be here today, and that I owed my thanks to the nurse (Linda).
Sorry for getting off of the subject here, but I just wanted to share with you all.
DDD (Degenerative Disk Disease) S1-L4-L5, Heart Attack 2002, Angioplasty to clear blocked Artery and to implant Stent. Six Epidurals, Disocgram, Melanoma Cancer 07, Lumbar Fusion March of 2010, Four cortisone injections Tendinitis in Elbow.