Friday, September 16, 2011

Doctoring Myself To Save a Buck



I was recently having some problems with my big toe,( this photo I chose was much more fitting than MY slightly inflamed toe.) It was hurting and not sure why-thinking maybe over the summer and with wearing sandals, I managed to get some dirt under the nail. Well, after a month at least past, it was still bothering me,so I called a podiatrist in the city.( We only have general practitioners here in our small town .I try to either see a specialist or figure things out on my own and do my own doctoring).

In Canada, we don't have to pay for our medical treatments, although SOME we do. To see a podiatrist is a $70 fee.

Well, I called them in the city,and was told I could send in some photos of my toe by email. After I did that, I called over there and was told the doctor thought I had an ingrown toe nail and that I could get a partial removal for $300.Yikes!
Yikes not only to what it would cost but also after watching the procedure on U Tube.

I did some reading online and from what I read, I could do my own healing if it wasn't too bad, by soaking it in baking soda,taking ibuprofen for inflammation and seeing if I could get something from the drugstore that would lift the nail a bit.

So,I'm doctoring myself.Hoping for the best.I certainly don't want to pay $300 to have someone pull out part of my nail.Nor do I want to have part of my nail pulled out. Has anyone had this done?

In closing, may I suggest that for minor ailments, one checks online for possible solutions before "doing the extreme" or "paying the extreme".
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2 comments:

Meandering Matt said...

I had a partial big toe nail removal right after I was born because it was ingrown at birth. About 5 years ago or so, it started getting ingrown on the other side and I couldn't keep it from happening. The doctor removed my whole big toe nail on my right foot. Thankfully, my insurance paid the majority of the bill!

Monique said...

Was it painful afterwards?

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