Don’t get a detached retina.
Don’t tear a groin muscle three times before seeing the doctor.
Don’t get plantar warts — which are warts on the bottom of your foot. They are different than the warts you get on your hands and toes. I got them over a year ago. Two spots that looked like calluses — on the front part of my arch on the bottom of my right foot. They didn’t hurt, they didn’t grow. They were just there one day and I didn’t know that they were warts since they don’t look like the more common warts. I kept my eye on the two spots and a few months ago they started to get bigger.
So I went to the doc, who sent me to the podiatrist, who scraped the calluses away and told me I had three options.
1) treat the area with over-the-counter medication. It’s an ointment that you put on the area and then cover with duct tape. The ointment is supposed to kill the wart tissue and the duct tape helps because it forms the most effective seal that also deprives the area of oxygen, helping kill the tissue. It’s supposed to take a few weeks.
2) apply a blistering agent that is derived from the blister beetle. This agent causes a blister to form over the affected area, killing and removing the wart tissue with the blister.
3) surgery to dig out the affected tissue.
I went with option #1. For about two months. It didn’t kill all of the wart tissue. Friday morning, we moved on to option #2. The doc applied the blistering agent first thing Friday. I’ve barely walked since. Except when I’ve been able to remain horizontal, the throbbing, burning feeling on the bottom of my foot has just been ridiculous.
After she applied the blistering agent, the doctor told me that after the blister formed it would have to be removed. I could do it or I could come in and have her do it. Friday night, I changed the bandage and gauze on my foot. I had a blood and pus filled pair of blisters that were about two inches long and about an inch wide. There was no way, between how it looked and how much it hurt, that I was going to be the one removing the blister.
I went in first thing this morning. She removed the blister and some tissue underneath it that had to go too. Words can’t describe the pain that followed. I now have an open wound on the bottom of my foot. And I never, ever want a plantar wart again. Neither should you. Consider this my service to you. You have been forewarned.