Warm weather and shoeless feet

When summer comes around, the first thing I want to do is run around without shoes on.  I hate wearing shoes, and the PN has made most shoes pretty uncomfortable for me.  A few years ago, before I went in for my stem cell transplant for the treatment of my multiple myeloma, I was walking by Fungal infection toenailthe pool and I stubbed my toe on something. Toe stubbing is a more frequent occurrence for me now that I have neuropathy.  It’s hard to keep track of just exactly where my feet are.  Anyway, aside from hurting like the dickens, the toe injury included some broken nails. I thought nothing of it.

A few weeks later, I had high dose chemo, which wiped out my immune system.  In no time, I noticed that my toes were discolored and the nails on two of my toes were getting flaky. It was the weirdest thing I ever saw.  Even the transplant doctors were puzzled about the shade of purple my toes had become.  I’m including a picture so you can see what it looked like, although it’s not at all appealing.  It just might be something you encounter, so it could prove useful at some point.  I apologize for the yuckiness of the picture, but there’s no way you could imagine how purple my toes were without seeing them.  I eventually pulled off the nails, which grew back rather quickly.  Everything was better by the time I went home from the transplant clinic.

The lesson?  If you have neuropathy and a weakened immune system, wear shoes.

2 Comments

  1. Paula Kilgallon

    Believe it or not, compared to my mother in law’s, that’s a good looking foot!

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