Hospital gals trim toenails
By GALE PIFER, Contributing Reporter
Trimming toenails can be a complex and difficult task as you age, and toenails get thicker and harder to trim as well.|
An ad in The Daily Leader had caught my attention: "Foot Care Clinics. Professional Foot Care Services provided by a trained Registered Nurse. Assessment, nail trimming, soaking of feet, removal of dry skin, care of problem areas, foot massage and lotion application."
Cost? Only $20. I dialed the telephone number.
"Oh, you can come up tomorrow at 7 a.m." was the response. And so I went.
The receptionist pointed down the hallway and gave me the room number. I was met by a pleasant lady who told me to remove my shoes and socks and directed me to a chair. She put a warm tub of water under my feet, sat down, plopped my foot in her lap and the procedure began. Quick as a flash, she dried my feet, trimmed my toenails, sanded the rough edges and then rubbed lotion on them.
Nurse Jenna Baumberger, a registered RN who normally works in surgery, trims toenails.
"She does an excellent job. I really enjoy coming here and it doesn't take long," said Cluren Ritter.
Baumberger said that she and another nurse provide the service two or three times a month.
"Madison Community Hospital has been providing the service for a long time," she said. Originally it was offered to assist patients with diabetes, but today it is available to anyone. "I've been doing it for a couple of years."
I thought I'd discovered something new, and I couldn't wait to tell the guys at coffee. But it seems more than half of them knew about the Foot Care Clinics.
To my surprise, five of the eight guys at the table informed me that they had gone to the clinics themselves. Guess they forgot to tell me about it.
For others who haven't heard about it, call 256-8638 and make an appointment. The next sessions will be held Sept. 12 and 19.