He enters, consult room on left, and looks at the site of the once-ingrown nail.
“At this point, we can leave it as it is, or I can put a tunicate on it for a few minutes and jam* some gauze with a chemical on it up under your nail.”
“Then what?” I asked, thinking it would be impossible to get any more gruesome.
“Well, then, like when I removed the sliver of nail, you would stay off it for the rest of the day and tomorrow start soaking it twice a day. It could ooze and pus for a few days or for the whole three weeks you have to soak it.”
The choice seemed pretty clear to me.
“Thanks, I will leave it as it is.”
Farewell has never been so sweet.
*Yes, he really used the verb “to jam”. Nice guy, abysmal bedside manner.