Bill Kerr wrote:Dow - just stumbled on this thread as I am sitting here with a head cold versus should be out skiing. I do not think there are many situations where I would question your decisions but wow - this just looks painful!
We all lose a toenail every now and then but does is it really justify this?
Good luck and hoping it all works out to the better.
I know buddy, might have been a bit rash. Studied it on line a bit and a few other athletes were doing it, long distance runners, etc. I think when you see me this summer I will be bragging about my new toes, I hope anyway. Obviously a little regret as I fight off infection in one of them and have not been able to run or climb for a week, going to be two, three? I mean that is a huge sacrifice. But my toe nails were in bad shape (ask Liba!). One big one blackened permanently. That is the one infected now. It had some bad crap going on underneath anyway. When you keep traumatizing them as I did, climbing shoes being the worse culprit, but all those marathons, long scrambles, ice climbing and alpine climbs I did in boots did them no favors either, toe fungus sets in and is impossible to get rid of with the exception of drugs with much greater risk and potential consequences than the antibiotics I have to take now. Bottom line was pain I was experiencing was totally manageable but it did affect my climbing at higher grades a bit. And I was curious what it would be like 20-30 years down the road. I will keep posting updates so others can get a clear honest look into it. Hard to find someone who took the full on commitment to do them all. My thought on that was no way I was going to do one and lose 2 weeks and then have to lose 2 weeks again down the road doing another. Either it works or it don't, I am all in. I left one for a control toe out of curiosity. My guy says he has 90% success on the permanent aspect of it....I suspect he gets quite a few elderly cases to experiment on here in St. George. He uses something different than Phenol acid....something he claims has a higher success rate....and that might be the extra burn/drainage. But if it is more successful, I am up for it. Keep ya posted.