How interesting as my son battles his infected toes that this quote would be in Mutts comic strip. It is a quote by Ray Bradbury.
Today I took Josh and his toes to our dear rheumatologist. I can tell the heavens have been flooded with prayers uplifting my son, asking for healing, and uplifting my husband and me as well. The doctor said that he has wonderful arterial pulses. This was his overall analysis: not Raynard’s. I thank you for your prayers.
Toes are blue because of arcocyanosis caused by venous issues due to the lupus nephritis. bottom line–we follow it, they will no doubt always have some issues, but it isn’t serious, just compromises the possibility of him being a foot model. He has had some discoloration in most of the toes for months, so he wasn’t freaked out by what he saw. He said that the dry skin developed into some fissures and a fungus. That is why it looked so severe. He definitively reiterated that it isn’t MRSA, and knew that there aren’t bad blood flow issues. The dermatologist had not seen Josh with his toes blue or pinkish red for the last year, and so that was part of the reason for his alarm.
Our game plan, per the doc is that we soak the feet in soapy water once a day, then gently wash them with a washcloth to begin to slough away scabs and dry skin when they are ready to let go. Other than that, he is to wear socks that wick moisture away from them, and leave the toes alone. That is our path today.
I was so relieved that I cried. Thank you for your prayers and support. His path with lupus nephritis continues, but it least we haven’t [as they say in the diving competitions] added a degree of difficulty.