10 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

If you are going through hell, keep going.

—Winston Churchill

There are too few instances in life to talk—let alone write—about the middle toe on my right foot. From all indications, it is an oft-neglected part of one’s anatomy. So I’m hoping this is one such opportunity.

One afternoon at the office, my patient failed to show up for an appointment, so I had a free hour to myself. The top of the middle toe on my right foot had been sore to the touch for several months, so I decided to shred my shoe and sock to investigate. The top of the toe was layered with excess skin, unlike any of the other toes. Looking below the skin, I saw a black dot embedded deeply into the toe. I decided to scratch at the layers ...

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