The Dangers of Biting Fingernails – Part Two

*WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS PICTURES OF MY MANKY FINGER*

I previously wrote a blog post on the dangers of biting fingernails back in January.  Since then, I have had several of my readers ask for an update on my injured finger.

During the first week of my nail infection, I was in quite a lot of pain.  I was taking antibiotics, paracetamol, ibruprofen and codeine to relieve the throbbing pain in my finger.

My poorly finger Week 1
My poorly finger Week 1

Although I was taking all of these, my finger didn’t seem to be getting any better.  It felt horrible.

My poorly finger Week 2
My poorly finger Week 2

After a while, it started to turn green/yellow where the infection was.  I took this  as a good sign, even though I was still in pain, couldn’t bend my finger and it was starting to itch too.

Just before I went to the hospital my finger turned green
Just before I went to the hospital my finger turned green

The horrible green/yellowness of my puss filled finger popped but then started turning a strange colour again so I went back to the doctors.  He sent me straight to the Minor Injuries Department at the Hospital.  They saw me within two minutes of signing in.  I am sorry to say that I was a bit of a wimp in the hospital.  The Nurse that saw me was absolutely amazing.  I freaked out, ever so slightly, due to the pain having lasted over two weeks already and the idea of being in even more pain from it.  The Nurse calmed me down and chatted to me as she used a freeze spray on my finger and ran a sharp blade along the base of my nail to relieve the pressure.  After initially being bothered by this, the absolute feeling of relief afterwards was wonderful.  All the pressure had gone in my finger.  I could feel that it was sore still but nothing like it had been before.  She gave me a discrete dressing to cover the wound.

Starting to grow my nails
Starting to grow my nails

I have now started growing my nails and daren’t bite them.  I can’t imagine I’ll ever bite them again.  This experience has also influenced my three year old daughter.  She has bitten her nails for a while now, due to watching me bite my nails everyday, but now she has completely stopped.  She is very proud of her pretty nails now and has even painted them and stuck stars on them.

H has stopped biting her nails too so we’ve painted them and put stars on them. She is very proud 🙂

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I am hoping to paint mine soon.  My nail is now only half attached (five weeks after I got the nail infection) and is quite annoying so painting them is out of the question until it is fully healed.  Surprisingly, I actually love having longer nails now, I never thought I would.

These are my nails now.  My thirty year habit has ended.

 

My nails today
My nails today

My friend even gave me a birthday gift that will remind me of this in the future…

Don't bite your fingernails
Don’t bite your fingernails

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