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Sick AND Tired [Jan. 24th, 2007|02:42 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
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I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.

I didn't do a very good job of taking care of myself post-cold (or nearly post-cold, since it never quite went away) and now it has RESURGED and I am back in the land of snot and misery.

I slept pretty much all of last weekend and have been having even more difficulty than usual getting out of bed this week so far. Even with the nightmares, that much sleep is boring.

I will spare you the really disgusting details because... well... they're disgusting.

And the biopsy on my toe came back as Plantars. Oh joy. More poisonous acid treatments.

What a shitty week. And I'm not even over the hump yet.

*Whine* *Whine* *Whine*
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2007-01-24 08:53 am (UTC)
PLANTAR WARTS you sarcastic weasel!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plantar_warts

Love & kisses,
Grumpy
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From: moria923
2007-01-24 10:07 am (UTC)
I'm sorry you're feeling so poorly! What is Planter's? It doesn't sound very pleasant.

When I first moved here, I used to get sick all winter. I'd never get over one cold, and then another one would move in, and the two would merge into a harmonious whole whose purpose in life was to keep me miserable. Now, when I feel one coming on, I clear my calendar, take lots of cold medicine, and get as much rest as I can. They're still miserable, but now they actually GO AWAY.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2007-01-24 10:18 am (UTC)
Plantar warts are a viral infection. You can get them anywhere, but they're most common on the bottoms of your feet because you tend to pick them up from walking or showering barefoot in public places.

Much like regular warts, they present as lumpy chunks of flesh. Unlike regular warts, they are crafty and evil. They grab a nerve fiber to protect themselves (cutting, freezing, or burning them hurts like hell) and they grab a small blood vessel to feed themselves (which means they bleed like crazy when you remove all or part of them).

They start small, but have a tendency to grow large and spread out, making many lumps all over your foot pad. So, if you ignore them, you simply multiply your future agony.

They are quite painful to walk upon and even more painful to have removed. Doctors used to burn them out with electrolysis, but they found that with the proximity of the nerve ending, many patients were left with a residual feeling of walking on a small pebble. So now they freeze them with liquid nitrogen. If they're large, they then cut as much out as possible. If there's still some left, they treat them with regular applications of an extremely harsh acid.

The whole thing is ridiculous and painful.
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[User Picture]From: hammercock
2007-01-24 04:03 pm (UTC)

I feel your pain...

I had these on my left foot a couple of years ago and getting rid of them was a nightmare. I did the acid treatment and it was excruciating. What a mess. Fortunately, they have not returned since.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2007-01-24 11:39 pm (UTC)

Re: I feel your pain...

Yowch, my sympathies.

My periodicity seems to be 7-10 years. I first got them in college, when I was 22 or so? Then again around 32. This one is the first off-schedule one. At least it was very small.
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[User Picture]From: hammercock
2007-01-26 05:02 am (UTC)

Re: I feel your pain...

Weird...I've had minor warts on my feet before, but that one huge cluster was the first time I'd ever experienced that. Have you had the freezing and cutting and acid treatment every time?

I hope yours heals up right quick!
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2007-01-26 06:38 am (UTC)

Re: I feel your pain...

The big batch in around '92 were all burned off. That was agonizing.

The one that was pokin' out of the end of my foot a couple years ago, I tried a bunch of different things before finally going to the podiatrist, so it was pretty huge by the time I got to him. (Freeze treatment from my doctor; duct tape for a month or so after seeing a stupid dermatologist; another freeze treatment from my doctor; then, when I went in for another freeze treatment, they told me to go see the podiatrist).

Also, it seems like they thrive on pressure, so since it was sort of squeezed outward, toward my toes, every time I stepped on it, it got pretty big. This also helped it survive the various other indignities I visited upon it.

The little one from a couple weeks ago, he gave me novacaine, froze it, and sliced it off. Now come the acid treatments, but I'll probably only have to do that for a week or so, cuz it's so small.
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[User Picture]From: aroraborealis
2007-01-24 02:26 pm (UTC)
Ugh! I'm sorry you're still/again sick!!

I had amazing success treating my plantar's warts with duct tape. Initially, I was suspicious, since they were on the bottom of my foot, but here's what I did:

Cut a small piece of duct tape and put it on the wart. Continue day as usual. At night, cut new piece and apply. Repeat for a couple of weeks. Within a week, it was much smaller and less painful, and around the two week mark, it peeled off with the duct tape one night, and I haven't been bothered since.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2007-01-24 11:37 pm (UTC)
I tried duct tape on my last wart. It was at the end of my footpad - pointing towards my toes - in a sufficiently awkward position that using duct tape only served to give me a rash (I'm allergic to certain adhesives) and split the wart/skin open (wow! for pain). That one had to be treated by a podiatrist, mainly due to the positioning. And even with him, it got so bad that I had to do daily acid treatments on my own and cut out dead skin with small, sharp scissors and go see him once a week to get it checked. It took months to clear and heal. I limped a LOT.

This bump was tiny, sort of looked like a blister, and in a place I've never had a plantar wart before, so I just went back to my podiatrist to find out what the heck it was and he biopsied most of it off.

If I ever get another one on the bottom of my foot, I'll probably try duct tape. The research seems solid and the anecdotal evidence plentiful.
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[User Picture]From: hammercock
2007-01-26 05:05 am (UTC)
Whoa, holy shit! Well, I'm glad you didn't have to go through a big foot trauma on top of being sick again. Poor you! Here, have some puppies.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2007-01-26 06:38 am (UTC)
PUPPIES!

Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: selkiechick
2007-01-24 03:12 pm (UTC)
I feel for you and your thriving cold, I'm in a similar situation. May you feel better soon.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2007-01-24 11:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you and my sympathies back atcha!
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[User Picture]From: kimberlogic
2007-01-24 03:18 pm (UTC)
*hugs*

Being sick and tired, particularly after you suffered through 3 DAMN WEEKS of a nasty cold already, is both insult and injury. GRRRRR!!!! And then to have a plantar wart - double GRRRR!!!! If it weren't on your foot, I'd suggest putting on some boots and stomping around to express your annoyance and frustration but instead, how about telling me what sort of stuff makes you feel better?

I'd call to ask RIGHT NOW but then, on top of feeling crappy, sick and tired, you'd be awake ... which would lead to annoyed and more tired ... so I will beam my question into your dreams and call you later to see if it worked :)

As a total aside - have you tried duct tape on the warts? I've no idea if that's an urban myth or a real cure but I've heard of folks basically repeatedly taping over the warts until they disappear. I'm guessing that a podiatrist might scoff at this but who knows?
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2007-01-24 11:43 pm (UTC)
but instead, how about telling me what sort of stuff makes you feel better?

I'm not sure what makes me feel better.

I have all this experience with coping and dealing and not much with just cheering myself up.

Hmm. I dunno. The sympathy is nice and soothing. I appreciate that very much!
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