The first place we went to said they only accepted emergencies after 5:00 and they recommended another place. That place said "we'll take a look and see what we can do." After the awkward and painful trip into the 2nd place the doctor walked into the room, gave a weird speech about the foot and told us we'd have to go somewhere else. They recommended an orthopedic ER not too far away in case the nail was in a bone.
They took X-Rays right in the room - what they revealed was the first thing that scared me. There was a barb on the nail that was pointing the opposite direction. The doctor said he was just going to have to pull the nail out but if the barb stayed in, which it sometimes did, he would have to take Cole in for SURGERY to remove it!! He'd have to be put under and everything.They offered anesthesia, which we accepted. They gave him a shot in the foot. Cole cried. The foot didn't get numb. They gave him another shot. The foot still didn't get numb! The gave him ANOTHER shot of something even more powerful and finally Colson said "My foot feels fuzzy."
The doctor brought in his tools. I had already called, texted, and emailed whoever I could, begging them to pray that entire nail with barb would come out. It's not only the surgery that scared me, it was the price! Remember, we are still unemployed and consequently uninsured.