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The Joys and Dangers...
« on: June 26, 2017, 07:18:29 PM »
... of Game Console play.

The short version: I've sustained a potentially serious injury playing one of my console games.  :o

OK, first the back story, in two parts.
1/ My fav game to play on my PS3 is GT6 and to improve game play I use a Driving Force steering wheel. Because the Driving Force is several years old now, it is beginning to have a few issues, most notably the brake peddle sometimes hangs up so that you will be trying to accelerate and the brakes will be dragging. After rebuilding the peddle mechanism a couple of times I came up with the idea to use a bungee cord to help the peddle return to the brakes off position.

2/ Because of my diabetic neuropathy the feeling in my feet is very low and the feet are actually quite numb, so while I can feel large, blunt objects the touch of a small or sharp object may go unnoticed.

So, as you've likely guessed already, the end piece of the bungee cord flipped around and was sticking up towards the bottom of my foot and when I would be smashing on the brake peddle, the end of that hook was digging into the bottom of my foot!  :censored:

This morning my foot was swollen and my big toe was hurting, like a tooth ache, so Kay suggested a good soak and that did help, but she also though a good inspection was in order and that's when she discovered a big gash in the bottom of my foot, just behind the big toe. So now it's all bandaged up and I'm going to see my Dr tomorrow to see what must be done. Hopefully this dose not turn into something really bad.

BTW... looks like my game play if off for today! laughing7
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Re: The Joys and Dangers...
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2017, 08:20:45 AM »
Looks like you might have to stay off your foot for awhile. I hope it's nothing serious...

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Re: The Joys and Dangers...
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2017, 06:30:14 AM »
Going to see a podiatrist this afternoon.  :o

My family Dr thinks that the nail needs to come off of my big toe... that should be fun!  laughing7
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Re: The Joys and Dangers...
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2017, 07:44:44 AM »
Ouch!

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Re: The Joys and Dangers...
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2017, 02:57:28 PM »
Sorry for the delay in reporting back.

Turns out better than expected!  laughing7
After some serious trimming on the big toe nail and the end of the toe it looks like the nail may  be OK and the wound is healing nicely.
One thing though... I'm no longer permitted to do my nails on my own, seems to much damage happens when I get a pair of clippers in my hand.  :o
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Re: The Joys and Dangers...
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2017, 04:03:08 PM »
Sounds great! Now go out and buy a new steering wheel for the games! LOL

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Re: The Joys and Dangers...
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2017, 09:22:13 PM »
Sounds great! Now go out and buy a new steering wheel for the games! LOL

Thing is, the Doc was saying that I'm not to do driving games any more and I'm thinking to myself, good luck getting me to stick with that plan Doc! hahahahaha!
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Re: The Joys and Dangers...
« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2017, 04:26:31 AM »
You need to stop rigging them...and maybe wait for your foot to heal. LOL

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Re: The Joys and Dangers...
« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2017, 06:23:11 AM »
Foot healing = yes.  :thumbup:
Stop rigging them = whut???   :whistle1:
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Re: The Joys and Dangers...
« Reply #9 on: July 01, 2017, 07:31:15 AM »
I didn't think you'd stop but I've tried... LOL

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Re: The Joys and Dangers...
« Reply #10 on: July 01, 2017, 11:19:18 AM »
Hah!  :hah!:
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Re: The Joys and Dangers...
« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2018, 05:34:19 AM »
Turns out the foot issue (wound) still remains. Currently my Dr has me staying off the foot... no walking, standing, or any other activity that involves putting pressure on the foot.

So, for the next week and a half I'm restricted to my recliner.  :censored:
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Re: The Joys and Dangers...
« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2018, 10:13:07 AM »
Why be mad? You got Kay bring you what you need? She might even give you a sponge bath if you're nice enough... ;)

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Re: The Joys and Dangers...
« Reply #13 on: January 12, 2018, 10:21:00 AM »
hahaha... she will grow tired of me quickly!  laughing7
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My Big Toe!
« Reply #14 on: June 13, 2019, 08:58:28 PM »

Back in June 2017 I posted a topic about The Joys and Dangers of Game Console play.
The topic was about an injury to the bottom of my foot and there was also a mention of the big toenail and the possibility that it might need to come off.

Well, that day has finally arrived!  :opps:

The story is long and winding, as you might imagine, but basically, I tried two different doctors in that same practice and finally just stopped because it was like I was talking, but they couldn't hear me. Then about three weeks ago I made an appointment with a new doctor in a different clinic and we set the appointment for today. This renewed attempt at getting some reasonable treatment was due to the toenail continuing to get worse over time and I felt that something had to be done with the nail.

And then...  :o
Monday of last week, (6/3) I was out in the yard doing some cleanup and mowing. The shoes that I was wearing are very hard and stiff, almost like a 'steel-toed' shoe would be and because of my feet having extremely low sensitivity I had no clue as to the damage that was being done to the nail of my big toe. The injury only came to light after I came back inside after a couple of hours and took off the shoes and then saw that the end of my sock was filled with blood.
The image above only shows the toe after returning home because there are no images of what it looked like before the surgery because it was rather gross and disgusting. The nail was hanging on by a small strip of skin on one side and the doctor didn't need to do any cutting but only had to pull it off with his fingers, including the tip of the toe as there had been some damage there as well.

Now I get to be fat and lazy for the next ten days before going back in for a checkup... he sez me has to stay in my recliner all the while.  :censored:
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