I was a student nurse and this gentleman was one of my first patients. He was in his mid-nineties and delightful. He had scleroderma. I was helping him wash the places he couldn't reach.
We were chatting as we worked. He had been an international lawyer. His stories were fascinating. He and his late wife ad lived in many countries. I glanced at his toes and, to my horror, made a a sickening discovery. He was unaware. One of his toes had come off! I didn't know w hat to do. Finally, as I was about to tell him,.He.noticed. my dilemma. He told me to just pick it up in a washcloth and take it to the nurse. Fortunately, my instructor appeared at the door. Phew! She told me later that my reaction had been fine. I'm still not sure what the proper response would have been.