By December 18, 2005

These little piggies went to market

Starting on Wednesday, from my middle right toe right, my toes started to itch and burn. They were also extremely sensitive to pressure, and walking was difficult. My middle toe looked the worst, with a darkish red area near the nail. It could have been blisters/pressure from my boots, but that seemed silly as I’d never experienced pressure there before. I looked up frostbite at first, but ruled it out as my symptoms didn’t match the description on the Web sites I visited. Plus, I never thought my feet were cold — if anything was going to get frostbite, it would be my fingers.

My toes itched and burned come Thursday night to the point of distraction. I walked with a noticeable limp. My main concern at this point was athlete’s foot, which is a possibility given our gym and workouts in the pool. However, my toes didn’t look anything like what the pictures online looked like, and my irritation didn’t match the typical areas of infection (between the toes and the sides of the sole). My middle toe I put some hydrocortizone cream on my toes for the itching, took two ibuprofen, and called it a day.

On Friday my toes felt better, but as a precaution against the burning-sandpaper-on-toes feeling I had Thursday I took 2 ibuprofen in the morning and again at night.

Today during lunch, Lady Jaye asked me how my toes were. “Great!” I replied, and stuck my foot out from underneath our table. Her eyes narrowed a bit and she said, “You do have frostbite!”

Sure enough, the dark red area on my middle toe had turned black, the primary symptom of the second stage of frostbite. I poked at the skin with my finger, and it was still very sensitive. There was a low, fluidless (looking) blister atop the toe to the right of my middle toe. My pinky toe feels fine now.

What the fuck is that all about? Thanks for the warning, feet — you could have screamed like bitches like my hands, and everything would have been fine. I could have worn an extra pair of socks or bought some cold weather rated booties for you. But noooooo, you had to get all frozen and possibly fall off.

We took some pictures, but they didn’t come out very well. If I lose a digit I’ll repost with some pictures of toestumps.

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  1. configuratrix says:

    It might not be too late to see a doctor. Someone at the emergency room, perhaps.

    Good luck.

  2. drfaulken says:

    What fun is that? I’ll phone them tomorrow to see what can be done about it. I don’t think it’s worth a trip to the ER, the affected area isn’t too great.