So Embarrassing

This blog is about casual footwear and the reasons for choosing a particular kind. Let me explain. I always wears socks and sneakers while flying kites on the beach, believe it or not, which I hate because of the sand, but I am afraid to wear sandals or go bare foot lest someone see the horrible truth right before their very eyes. I have a case of good old-fashioned common enough toenail fungus. I can think of worse things to have, but it is right there staring you in the face in all its yellow black ugly glory. In case you have never had it, it has an unpleasant odor and appearance. Your nails go dark. I personally don’t go around looking at people’s feet. I fly kites and that gives me something better to do with my time. But I know, self-conscious that I am, that someone is no doubt looking at mine. It’s so embarrassing when you are discovered and the condition is revealed. Okay, I may not be the only person on earth who has contracted this malady, but I may well be the only beach kite flyer who has. Just kidding! Surely someone else is in the same boat.

So I am going to stick with the cumbersome footwear I have chosen to hide my condition: socks and sneakers. I hate when the sand gets inside and it inevitably does. Then when I get home and shake out my shoes and socks, it gets all over the place. I have to get out the vacuum and spend all kinds of time I don’t have cleaning up. I really, really prefer sandals. Yes, a lot of it has to do with looks. Going without footwear is the inevitable option except that when I run with my kind in the sand, I sometimes trip over some kid’s abandoned toy.

I am on a search right now to find a cure for toenail fungus. I am going to nip this problem in the bud right now. I am going to get rid of the socks and sneakers for sure. I bought some sort of paint-on topical treatment at the drugstore, but got no satisfactory or immediate results. Then I went online. There is oddly enough quite a bit in print on the subject. Experts say to go to the dermatologist and get a prescription. That seems excessive and expensive. One said you need a liver test before you qualify. So I looked for home remedies. There were abundant choices.

I found everything from a sticky balm to a liniment you can whip up in the kitchen. All you need is some vinegar, some bleach, some camphor, and a few essential oils to mask the odor. You can give your homemade brew your personal touch and scent. Plus, some essential oils like lemon are curative. Needless to say, I was not thrilled with the smelly results. I think I will give that drugstore treatment one more shot.