Hammertoes, Monk, cooties and OCD.

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! 

11 thoughts on “Hammertoes, Monk, cooties and OCD.

  1. Anonymous August 18, 2020 / 12:48 am

    you are no different than i am!!! stand proud, friend. ps: i am new to your blog.

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  2. Anonymous August 18, 2020 / 3:11 am

    Toes are not very cute for sure. Before the virus I would actively seek out people's carts to return for them. Now I don't. Its okay to be germphobic. I tend not to be but maybe I should be more these days.Hope your hubby's toe heals properly. Betty

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  3. Anonymous August 18, 2020 / 1:03 pm

    I kind of know where you are coming from about the grocery cart! I grabbed one from the parking lot the other day without really thinking. By the time I got in the store I couldn't wait to get into the bathroom and wash my hands!

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  4. Anonymous August 18, 2020 / 1:41 pm

    The stores here have stopped cleaning the carts. I noticed this the other day and my husband hollered at me to wait until he cleaned the cart. I'm like, \”Seriously? Look, germs are everywhere, give me the darn cart!\” I am allergic to those hand sanitizers, don't know why, but can not use them. When I went into the dr. office last week, there is a Contact Tracer you have to answer too BEFORE entering and she demanded I use it, I said NO and stated why. My hands break out and they get blisters, tmi. It's getting ridiculous here. I keep saying this, but no one seems to listen, grin.

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  5. Anonymous August 18, 2020 / 5:24 pm

    Nice to meet you Terre

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  6. Anonymous August 18, 2020 / 5:25 pm

    I am sure it will.

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  7. Anonymous August 18, 2020 / 5:25 pm

    Yep, that would be me too. LOL

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  8. Anonymous August 18, 2020 / 5:26 pm

    Can you at least use baby wipes to wipe down the cart? If it can clean a baby's butt, it surely can clean a cart.

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  9. Anonymous August 18, 2020 / 7:50 pm

    I don't think you have any reason to feel humiliated. Lots of people are put off by germs on carts and other items.Love,Janie

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  10. Anonymous August 18, 2020 / 8:26 pm

    Thanks Janie – you're a sweetie.

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  11. Anonymous August 18, 2020 / 11:27 pm

    I have one daughter who freaks out at the thought of touching my or anyone's feet. I don't have hammer toes but do have a bunion and need help getting my socks on each morning

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