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Injured Toe - Would be Funny, If It Wasn't So Painful

Jul 06, 2009 - 6 comments

When it heals, I can laugh about it.................

I had to go to Walmart yesterday to pick up a few things and while there, I got a 6 pack of protein drinks, which I keep on hand for a quick meal when I don't have time anything else.  We had several bags, each with a small amount in, with the protein drinks in a bag by themselves.  As we left the store, I had taken all of the bags from the cart, in one hand.None of the stuff was heavy, so hubby was just strolling along beside me.  As we were walking towards our truck, one of the bag handles was pinching my fingers, so I stopped briefly to switch some of the bags to the other hand.  

As I did this, the bag with the protein drinks (remember, this is a "6 pack") slid completely out of my hand and fell to the ground - uh, well, not quite - it *fell* to my big toe before hitting the ground.  The bad thing about this is that I have no nails on either of my big toes (removed many years ago due to being ingrown), so when this carton of drinks hit, it really got me.  Right away, I could see my toe turning red, but thought it was only going to bruise, so I picked up all the packages and we continued to walk on to the truck.  After a few steps, I felt something "squishy" in my flip flop, only to look down and see blood spurting from my toe.  With every step I took, another drop of blood spurted....

As we were quite a ways from our vehicle, I had to just stop and lean against a pole, while hubby took the packages to the truck and then drove back to pick me up.  Fortunately, we only live a short distance from Walmart, so it only took a few minutes to get home.  I rode with my foot on the dash because every time I put it down, blood would begin spurting.  

After we got home, hubby helped me get it cleaned up good, so we could assess the damage.  Apparently, that 6 pack of drinks hit just right because it split my toe all the way across from one side to the other and it went in at an angle so is fairly deep, but left the skin in kind of "flap".

We bandaged it good and I sat with my foot up for the rest of the afternoon and evening, but even at that, it was still seeping.  By this morning, though, it looked like it was going to be okay, so I showered and got ready for work as usual. I have one pair of shoes that is rather sloppy on my feet, so I put a fresh bandage on the toe, put on my sock and shoes and went my merry way.

Of course, when I got to work, I was limping a little, so my supervisor asked about it and I explained what had happened, but assured him that I thought I would be able to make it through the day......... Well, how wrong could I have been??

I went about my business as usual, and along about 9:00 (I start working at 5:00), it felt as if my toe were "wet", so I stopped and took off my shoe and sock.  Yep - as I was walking around doing my job, my toe was spurting and by then, the bandage was wet and would have been soaked through in a short while.  I decided that it was probably time to come home so I could get the bandage off and open it up the air in hopes that it would dry out some and stop oozing, so I did come home.  

As soon as I got home, I removed shoe, sock and bandage; poured some peroxide over the toe and just left it uncovered.  That was about 12:00.  I slept for a while, then fixed some lunch and I've since been surfing MH looking for something interesting going on.  

Just being uncovered for a few hours and keeping it up, has made a huge difference in the way my toe looks and it has stopped bleeding, though it's still "thumping" quite a bit.  I will leave it uncovered overnight and try again in the morning to go to work.  I will have to bandage it, though or I will risk getting sock lint, dirt, etc in the wound - I hope that doesn't make it worse again.  

I thank everyone who has seen my moods and sent notes.  It's so kind of you and your concern is very much appreciated.  Thank you.  

Okay - now you're free to giggle about how silly this all sounds....... I don't mind a bit.......

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by teko, Jul 06, 2009
Oh no, I dont think it funny at all! I can almost FEEL it myself when you describe it! EW! Hope it mends soon!

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by msniki412, Jul 06, 2009
Oh no Barb I feel your pain!!!! I cringed reading this! It might be funny like you said if it wasn't so painful. Do you think you might need a stich to close up your toe if it continues to bleed? Make sure you keep it cleaned, sounds like a deep one.

Feel better soon!!!


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by TrudieC, Jul 06, 2009
Sounds awful!  A litigious person would sue Walmart!  My goodness, shouldn't their bags be stronger?  Just kidding but just to see what they say you may want to call and mention your little accident and ask them to look into their bags and packing procedures.  Something good has to come out of this!

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by Barb135, Jul 06, 2009
My hubby keeps reminding me to "think how much better it will feel when I quits hurting"

I thought about going to Express Care to have it checked, but I doubt they would do much more with it than I've already done.  Since I don't have a nail on the toe, they MIGHT be able to put a stitch or 2, and that will be something to keep in mind.  Right now, since I've been home this afternoon and had it uncovered and elevated, it's stopped bleeding and looks as though it's going to scab over.  The answer will come in the morning, when I have to rebandage it prior to putting on a sock and shoe as I'm not allowed to wear open toed shoes in my job.  

I'm pretty sure there would be no recourse against Walmart, since the bag didn't actually break - it apparently slipped out of my hand when I went to shift things from one hand to the other (happened so fast, I'm not real sure just how it DID happen), but you are right, Trudie - some people would already have their lawyer working on a law suit.  

The good thing to come out of it is that *I* have learned to go ahead and push the cart out to my vehicle instead of trying to save someone the hassle of bringing it back in again........LOL

I so appreciate all you guy's concern.  Thanks so much - makes it feel better just knowing you care.  

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by wonko, Jul 06, 2009
Such a perfect storm--The 6-pack, your nail-less toe, wearing flip flops, the bag shift...

Glad the rest/elevation/air are working, but keep those stitches in mind.  You walk ~7 mi/day at work, if I recall your post on WL&D (which I read but didn't respond to, but this just reminded me so that's my next stop!).

I hope it heals, and yeah, just take the cart out to your vehicle!  I often even like to take a cart on the way in if I'm particularly fatigued that day.  Plus I figure it's good karma to grab a stray cart from the parking lot to prevent car damage.

Get well soon!

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by peggy64, Jul 06, 2009
Don't you just HATE when that happens?!

Oh my. Sounds like you need a day or two off of work to keep friction off of the wound. It might keep reopening it. Not to mention, the pain from something rubbing on it.

Just my plain practical way of thinking, i guess.

hope it feels better really soon.


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