Today we spent nearly 4 hours at the VA clinic to see his Podiatrist. Yep, 4-6 weeks off his feet. She did give him a new walking shoe that won\’t stress his leg or pull his spine out of whack. He received some pain patches that are not opiates and a cream. He goes back in 1 month. The bone in his toe is still leaning to one side and the result could be a hammertoe. The Mayo Clinic says: Hammertoe and mallet toe are foot deformities that occur due to an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments that normally hold the toe straight. A hammertoe has an abnormal bend in the middle joint of a toe.
Toes are ugly for the most part – a hammertoe just makes your toe even uglier.
When you go into the VA clinic, they take your temp and ask questions. No biggie. They also are not scheduling that many people to actually be there in person. I guess appointments that can be done by Tele-Med has to suffice for these times.
I heard a couple of old guys coughing – everyone turns around to look. I did too but I wasn\’t going to be a \”Karen\” and say anything. Truth is I am slightly germophobic, to begin with. If I didn\’t watch myself, I could be a total MONK. For me during these pandemic times, I am loving the cleanliness of the stores and the carts. I love having a good excuse not to shake people\’s hands or hug at church. Most people are NOT germophobic and get offended. Like before the pandemic, when you\’re in the parking lot and you\’re about to get a shopping cart and some nice old man or lady, hands-off their shopping cart to you…
\”Here you go.\”
What do you do? I don\’t want to be rude so I take it (See I am not as bad as Monk) but as I am walking to the store entrance I am thinking inside,
\”Eww, eww, eww\”
until I can use hand sanitizer and wipe down that cart. If the store didn\’t have any – I would park that puppy, and walk back to my car and clean up. I keep my sanitizer supplies in my car just in case.
The older I get, I cringe at pot lucks with those I don\’t really know. My circle of friends, I know them. Perfect strangers – no way. I don\’t know what happened to me to get that way – I wasn\’t always this bad.
I\’m not freaked out about COVID19. I just don\’t like other people\’s cooties. Like my step-daughter keeps her apartment a total mess. She\’s always having problems with ants, flies (because she never takes out her garbage) fleas, cockroaches, and about a year ago, a 6-month bed bug infestation. It\’s gross. I would never eat anything at her place. I don\’t even go there to visit and when I have in the past, I don\’t sit down. I always feel like I need a shower after visiting her.
However, digging in the dirt or mud doesn\’t bother me. Changing a baby\’s diaper, cleaning my toilet, picking up my dog\’s poop, or changing the kitty litter, doesn\’t bother me.
I\’m not pathological. I\’m not living in fear nor am I afraid I will die. I do not excessively wash my hands either. Nor do I take extensive measures to protect me. I just don\’t like it. It\’s a form of OCD.
So now that I have totally humiliated myself by admitting this quirk – I will leave it at that!