Infusion day seemed a fitting event for experiencing Lupus Awareness Month with flare. With the day spent in a circular junket around town, my little PT cruised from doctor to doctor for treatment for lingering problems from a recent car accident, and then to an annual Plaquenil eye check up. With two hours to spare, I stopped in for manicure and a pedicure, and had an interesting discovery.
When the nail tech removed the bright purple nail polish, she noticed that the big toe nail had separated from the nail bed, but without any apparent reason such as fungus or infection. It appears my big toe nail completely died, and the nail stopped growing several weeks ago.
The salon suggested that trauma during my late March trip and fall at the shopping mall killed the nail. Perhaps while scuffing knees and straining the ankle, the nail bed base also sustained a hefty wallop on the edge of the cement step or the sidewalk. The nail salon urged me to show my toe nail to the nurse while at the rheumatologist’s office for my monthly Benlysta infusion.
The verdict, “Expect to lose the toe nail soon.” Well, it seems the summer fashion forecast lacks any nail vanity, and just in time for sandal season. It will be interesting looking for closed toed summer shoes for a niece’s late July wedding. What fun!
The infusion was the last planned stop of the full “medical” day.
Eventually it was hard to pay attention to studying for my college class. The friendly chatter of a couple of other patients getting RA infusions was more engaging than dwelling on the accounting formula, “Assets = Liabilities + Owner’s Equity”. Without asking, it was clear they obviously didn’t want to chat about accounting!
No one does. The reason is hard to pin down, but no one else seems to get very enthused about chatting about or otherwise dwelling on accounting theory, either!