Hello all, I'm brand new here, and thought I'd share something that will be helpful. Been type 2 for 20+ years, and for many of those I was in denial and just ignored the disease. Things slowly got worse, went from pills and exercise, and then insulin. Have had neuropathy in feet and part way up leds for several years, and have learned to cope with it. Last August I had to go out on disability from my employment. I worked in building maintenance, and a lot of ladder climbing was required. With no feeling in my feet, and becoming an old geezer, I just couldn"t do it any more.
This June and July (09) I was replacing our wood deck with a composite one. My daughter noticed a small blister on my heel and said I should wear socks. I had been wearing crocs, and after 15 - 20 minutes would jump in pool to cool off. I always wore the crocs because of my feet. So I started wearing socks, and doing the same routine. Finally finished the deck for my Sisters arrival from Florida. I live in Az. On July 8th, my daughter smelled something, and pulled off my croc. She about fell over from the stench. There was about a quater size wound/ulcer. Tried my Dr. and a couple of Podiatrists, but couldn"t get in. Went to the ER at 2:30 that afternoon.Results?? Gangrene, and possible amputation. All depended on if it got in the bone or not. Of all days, there happened to be a vascular surgeon in the er. He also saw me, with the same diagnosis.X-rays taken, and it appeared the bone was safe. 9:30 that evening I was in surgery to debride the wound, down to the bone. It went well, no pain afterward…Til I saw the size of the chunk of my heel was missing! I was put on a wound vac and discharged 5 days later with a portable wound vac.
Recovery was going well, but I knew it would take a long time to heal.After a few weeks, the vac was removed, and went to a daily dressing. After a couple of weeks it became infected again, and the Dr.(vascular) tried to scrape and dig it out in the office. Was too deep, so the next morning at 7:30, back in the O.R. It was outpatient, and bled like a stuck pig. Had to wait a few days before the bleeding stopped before going back on the vac. Home care nurses have been coming three times a week, to change the vac etc.
Sorry this is going on so long. The point I can't stress enough is to check your feet daily for any sores, or any size cuts and bruises. I have been confined to my recliner since July, having to elevate and hang my heel. No weight bearing on it. I use a walker to get to the restroom and Dr. visits, putting the weight on my toes. I am going stark raving stir crazy, but coping the best I can.
So please check your feet. Have others check the bottoms and backs where you cant see. Save yourselves some major problems. Also, where my wound is, they don't amputate the foot. Only at the base of the toes, or part way up your shin bone! Major wake up call for me.
Thanks for listening, again sorry for the length..
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