The end of the nail

So this is old news; I ‘ve had it in my “Drafts” thing since 8/21, and some of the pictures are from the preceeding weeks.

Anyway, so my beat-up toenail had grown outward, so that it wasn’t even underneath a cuticle anymore. It was attached only along the left side, and just kinda poked out into the air, unless I put a band-aid on top to hold it down.


Here’s a look underneath. I thought that was my bare toe down there, dented in from the pressure of my funky toenail. But, it turns out that’s AN ENTIRELY NEW TOENAIL GROWING UNDERNEATH THE OLD ONE!!!


And so, on or around the evening of 8/20, Becky bumped my foot and knocked my old toenail right off. It didn’t even hurt, it just popped off. That was when I discovered I had a brand-new toenail already grown half-way down my toe.


For comparison, here’s the new toenail next to one that’s never been molested.


The weirdest thing about the beat-up toe, is it turns out the toeprint (the lands and grooves on your toe, like the fingerprint), goes all the way up and around and under to where the toenail is. And it feels really weird having the top of my toe all soft and sensitive, where it used to be a hard, unfeeling toenail.

And this, after I was just about to have my defective toenail define who I was. I was hoping that having a defective toenail would somehow empower my other toenails & toes to compensate, like they would become extra durable, or extra sensitive to vibrations, and I’d be able to sense incoming earthquakes or changes in the weather, just by placing my bare foot on the earth.

Oh well, maybe next time.

4 thoughts on “The end of the nail

  1. Oh I can’t stand it! YUCKY TOE PICTURES. Sorry about knocking your nail off buster, But it does remind me of the Princess and the Goblin. They don’t have toenails and very sensitive feet. The is how Gerdy gets away a few times, just stomps on the Goblin’s feet. Really good book, you should read it.

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