We all have experienced and endured the twists and turns in our lives, here is the details of my latest life-changing turn, I experienced through the holiday season.
About the beginning of December, I noticed a break in the callous on the sole of my foot. I made an appointment with the vascular department of my Tx center, that had been following me because of my peripheral artery disease in my legs. I sought their advice on this issue and after tissue samples were sent to pathology, it was determined that there was no sign of infection. The plan of care was to use a dry dressing with a colligen pad to wait and see if it would heal on its own. I followed instructions, but a week before Christmas, I noticed signs that more attention was needed. I could not get an appointment for a week or so and braved the weekend at home. By monday, I spiked a fever and had bone-shaking chills and went to the ER for treatment. After examination, it was determined that I was to lose, my last remaining limb, below the knee. After two very painful surgeries, the job was completed
While I was remorseful about losing the limb, I am also sad to have "wasted" the many efforts of the vascular team, that worked so hard so that I might keep my leg for so long. I am writing this as I gaze out the window of my rehab hospital, where I will stay for the next few months, and I implore you to look for dangers and call your Tx team at the first sign of an issue beginning. I wish you all stay safe and stay healthy!