Ten Toes, Nine Nails

Well, I think it’s about time I came clean. I suffered a traumatic experience this past Monday. That’s right–I lost a toenail.

Not just any toenail, mind you. The precious big toenail on my right foot. Four days later, it’s still a bloody mess, and I don’t mean in the expletive sense of the word.

It was a good old-fashioned Monday–up at six, nice hot shower… of course, I enjoyed that shower for about a second before sliding the door closed, only to have it come off its track and fall on my poor toe, breaking the nail deep in the nail bed.

Oh, I cried. I cried so hard. And let me tell you something: I don’t cry from pain. This freaking hurt. I mean, to give you some kind of idea, the door was difficult for me to lift with both hands. That, and it had to fall about a foot before reaching my toe. One of the off-ice personal trainers at my old ice rink (I used to figure skate competitively) used to say that even a little two-pound weight could break a person’s foot if dropped. I believe it.

End result: I had to go to the doctor to have my nail removed, it refuses to scab over, I can’t run until it does (it’s been a week since my last run and I’m dyin’ here!), and I’m on my third roll of gauze wrapping. Oh, life.

On the off-chance you’re concerned, the nail will grow back given time, hopefully not more than several months. The doctor says there’s a good chance it will grow back normally given that the break looked pretty clean across, but there’s also a chance it may grow back in some kind of weird state. Honestly, I just want the thing to stop hurting. And, you know, to form a damn scab.

Wearing open-toed shoes when it’s 40 degrees (about 4.5 degrees C) in the mornings is quite a treat, not gonna lie.

Any injuries of your own recently? Do share! This is a topic I strangely enjoy.

17 thoughts on “Ten Toes, Nine Nails

  1. I’ve never really had any injuries, thank God. The worst thing I’ve had, as far as I remember, was when I was ten and I dropped a tape dispenser, one of the big heavy ones, and it landed blade-down on my big toe. That was sore, but it just missed the nail…I realise now how lucky I was that it didn’t land on the nail and I just ended up with a scar.

    1. I actually cringed and did one of those hissing sharp intakes of breath (do you know what I mean? D: ) when I read that you dropped the tape dispenser. Did it bleed a lot? I get the feeling toes bleed more than other places… when I was younger I opened a door into my toe and the metal corner cut it open. It bled soooo much. My toe bled a ton on Monday, too.

  2. Owch, that sounds so painful! Not a pleasant experience. I recently sliced a finger nail in half, accidentally, with a razor. Half the nail fell off. It looked so ugly and it wouldn’t stop bleeding. I hope it gets much better soon and it’s good to know it will grow back. πŸ™‚

    As for injures, other than my finger nail incident, I have had many. Not so recently though. I broke my arm when I was younger. I have also had a broken leg but that was part of surgery to try and correct a problem with the formation with my hip. Lets just say I’m no stranger to hospitals haha!

  3. Ooow! That sounds terrible! My mom and a friend of mine have both lost their toenails. I believe that their nails took 1-2 months to grow back, and after the first week or so, their toes actually stopped bothering them. Losing a nail is something that I cannot imagine happening to me, and I hope that you recover soon!

    Recently, all my injuries have mostly involved inadvertently weakening my knees with too much karate. It wasn’t painful at all, it just made my legs feel week for a long time. Much more preferable to losing a nail. πŸ˜›

  4. Oh my gosh, I was so scared there was going to be a picture in this post! T__T XD I felt a bit queasy reading that, you have nerves of steel I swear. Poor toe! πŸ™

    1. I thought about including one, but I would have made it a text link so people wouldn’t have to see if they didn’t want! It looks pretty gross though; I can barely look at it. So, no picture. πŸ˜›

  5. Gosh, that sounds painful! I can’t help but imagine the scene while you lost your toenail. I’ve never been on such accident before, but the thought of it makes me shriek. I hope you better now, but if not, get well soon. πŸ™‚

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  6. I don’t have anything serious. There is probably more of a chance that it will grow back weirdly. My dad and my uncle were working on putting a double-door in to our back deck and my uncle accidentally drilled my dad’s pointer finger nail off on his right hand & now he has a double nail.

    Geez. When I read this my toe and toenail hurt. OUCHY!!!!!!!!!!!
    I wont. πŸ™‚

    That shocked me when I read this comment in my email. I’m glad she is still making a business. I want to make Hostwish into an official business but Idk if I have the money. I’m just going to do some research online about it for at least a week or so before I decide anything officially but it would be awesome to own two businesses in the future. πŸ™‚

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    1. A double nail?! Omg, my nails are already hard enough to cut without there being one on top of another. ._.

      I’m going to send you an email about the linking thing.

  7. I’m so sorry to hear about your toenail! D: It definitely sounds like it hurt quite a lot.
    I haven’t had any injuries, however something happened to my friend’s toenail as well. (Lol, what is with toenails? :P) Her big toenail just suddenly turned completely black. It was totally random! She went to the doctor to have it checked out and turns out, it might contain cancer cells. She had to get it removed surgically. It was a scary experience for her! Everything turned out okay, though. πŸ™‚ She said the surgery hurt less than she expected it to… how was the nail-removal-process for you? Hopefully it didn’t hurt too much!
    I hope your nail scabs faster and I hope it stops hurting REALLY soon!!

    1. It didn’t hurt too bad when they removed it, but the doctor had to cut through my skin at one corner because it was holding on for dear life. πŸ˜› It definitely hurt less than the initial accident, but it was more drawn out. I really focused on my breathing.

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