This morning I’ll be making a return visit to the dermatologist that specializes in nails (the nail doctor) to have my big toes checked – this time he is actually checking the toes, as the nails are no longer there! From my view, they are healing well and almost ready to be left to their own devices (that is not having to be covered 24/7.
I have several pictures, that I’ll share via links in case you are not wanting to see directly the before and after.
- Left toe before surgery. Here you can see the greenness of the nail. Not sure if you can really tell that the sides of the nail are not really attached anymore. I felt like the nail was lifted off the nail bed (it had) and that it might fall off at any time (no chance, it was still rather attached at the bottom.
- Right toe before surgery. This one isn’t really green, but it definitely was starting to detach as well. It too feel like it was lifting. I had thought a new nail was growing underneath – I was wrong.
- Both toes right after surgery. I think they have vasiline on them in the picture. You can see the line where the nail had already lifted versus where it was still attached.
- Right toe one week later. My bandaging came off last night and I didn’t notice, which tells might that it might be ready to be uncovered. Last time the bandage came off, I totally felt it!
The nail doctor told me that it could be about a year before I have a full toe nail again. Before all the cancer treatments, my nails grew very quickly, so we’ll see if that turns out to be the case. I’ll update when my nails start to show, but for now, I’ll be happy when I don’t need to dress them anymore.