Just when I thought I was getting healthy, I woke up in the middle of the night to the little piggies on my left foot screaming, “oww, oww, owwww.” This was over four weeks ago now when I woke up to an excruciating pain in my toes and discovered my first three toes of my left foot to be extremely swollen and red. I couldn’t put any pressure on my feet so I hobbled to the freezer, grabbed an ice pack and tried to pretend this wasn’t happening.
Later that morning, I made my way to the athletic trainers who promptly said, “we’ve never seen anything like this before.” This was the phrase I wasn’t hoping for, but expected to hear as this is what I hear 99% of the time I have a health ailment. I was then directed to see the medical doctor on campus. She thought I possible jammed my toes (I did wear a little too small pair of boots the day before) and instructed me to follow the R.IC.E protocol, without the “C.” I rested, iced, elevated and took ibuprofen (which I never take) the entire weekend – and nothing.
I wasn’t convinced that having too small of boots initiated this problem, so I continued forward on my quest for answers. One doctor that it could have been from a toxic buildup as my body was still getting rid of all the bad bugs, so I tried medicine to help with toxic elimination for about a week – and nothing. Well actually, the toes in my right foot began swelling. I talked with another doctor who thought the inflammation could have been an insect bite or allergy, so I took other medicine for that for another week – and nothing.
I proceed to see another doctor who thought it could be gout, which is a form of arthritis that usually older men get. While I don’t possess either of those traits, I’ve had weirder things happen to me so I wouldn’t have been surprised. I drank jars of cherry juice and took medication for a couple of weeks – and nothing.
I knew nothing I was on for my current health protocol could cause something like this, so what in the world could it be?
Over spring break, I went home and saw more doctors. The cause of this mysterious toe swelling and pain-inflicting beast was eventually determined as a fungus and parasite infection (thank you comprised immune system). I started new treatment – and I’m waiting to see what happens.
Whether this works or not, I refuse to let this bump in the road stop me from getting healthy. I’m not stopping until my little piggies (and my entire body) sing, “yippee, yippee, yippee.”
Stay lively my friends,
– The Lively Lymie