Posted by Don B. on August 13, 20 at 21:30:16:
Since March 3, I have had four surgeries on my foot. Two reconstructive, one to clean out an infection and one to install a wound vac.
The reason for this is a diabetic related condition called charcot foot. This disease attacks the bones in your foot, leading to a loss of bone mass and weakening of the foot. It also results in severe disfiguring of the foot. In my case, I was getting along but then I lost all stability in the leg/ankle/foot joint area. None of them were supporting each other and I could only walk using a custom molded knee high boot called a C.R.O.W. boot. That is not a satisfactory long term solution and the surgeon gave me basically two options. Reconstructive surgery with a bunch of hardware or a below-knee amputation.
Having grown quite attached to my foot over the past sixty-nine years, I decided to go for the reconstrutive surgery. The problem that we have discovered is that the bones in my foot are no longer strong enough to support the plates that are needed to realign my foot. I have four long screws and a long rod going from my heel up into my tibia but even with that, my foot is turning inward so that if I stand on it (and I am unable to put much weight on it) I am standing on the outside edge of my foot. Additionally, I have developed osteomyelitis (infection of the bone) in my foot.
At this point, after consulting with several foot orthopedists, I have decided to accept their unanimous recommendation to proceed with a below-knee amputation. That is scheduled for August 25. After surgery, I will be going to a rehab center for a few weeks. Could be as few as 2-3 weeks; could be until I can be fitted with a prosthesis.
Since this is my right foot, I will also have to have some modifications made to my car to allow me to drive. I haven't driven since February and I miss it. I also hadn't had a haircut in the same amount of time (the last place I drove was to get a haircut) until yesterday. Such is life in the midst of a pandemic.
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