RC Hodge
By RC Hodge Latest Reply 2012-01-24 02:05:12 -0600
Started 2010-06-26 15:18:53 -0500

Hey out there! I'm really new and just got out of the hospital yesterday from having my left big toe amputated. this is the fourth toe I've lost to diabetic soft tissue ulcers and I must say I am really sick and tired of the process. Any one out there that can relate would be appreciated. I know this time they got my attention more than most as they are talking about my losing my foot next and I know I don't want that to happen. I guess it really has scared me into taking this blood glucose levels a lot more seriously. I can't say why it hasn't been before now, I guess I've just been mostly stupid I guess. I'll stop for now and hope to hear from someone else who can maybe relate. This is Robert Hodge in Bloomer, Wisconsin signing off for now.

9 replies

toomuchman 2012-01-24 02:05:12 -0600 Report

Hi. I am sorry about what is goin on. I went through a toe amputation 3 years ago. Then last January I had osteo myelitis again and they took off half my foot but then had to take it all cuz it wouldn't heal. It is difficult but I dealt with it better mentally because I was ready for it, it wasn't a surprise. I hope you can save your foot but if you can't, learning to walk with a prosthetic is not difficult.

dsams 2010-08-21 13:57:50 -0500 Report

Hi Roger,
This is my first day on the diabetic connect sight. I just happened to read about your situation. I just got out of the hospital 5 days ago. I just lost another tip of a toe. Three and I hope we are done counting.
I am trying to research and find out as much about diabetes as possible.
Don't know if they (doctors) told you or not, but if you are smoking, you really need to stop. in order to have healthy tissue in our feet, we need as much circulation as possible. If you are a smoker your blood vessels constrict and prevent good blood flow to that area.
I quit in January. It is tough…but I'm doing it.
Second thing, is to become as familiar asa possible with your carb choice exchange list and your dietician. This is something I am really working hard on along with being more pro-active with blood testing, etc.
My doctor just told me a couple weeks ago; what we have done for our health over the past 5 years, has mapped out our next 5 years. So I figure all I can do is write a better map for the next 5 years. So I am working hard on that.
So I would like to wish you, all God's Blessings and Happy Mapping!
dsams, in Ohio

RAYT721 2010-08-21 13:26:10 -0500 Report

Hi Robert and Welcome to our community. While I can't totally relate to your complications, I most certainly understand the feelings, fears and frustrations that you have. I am glad to hear that the diabetes now has your attention to take care of your mind, body and soul. There are many supportive people here (like myself) with whom to communicate anything that's on your mind at any time. I hope our little area can help motivate and encourage you because a lot of the information posted here is life saving, literally. Need a friend? Count on me as someone who genuinely cares about members here. I may not have the answers but I'm a good listener and sometimes we give ourselves the best ideas when we say or write them.

ONeil 2010-06-29 05:01:35 -0500 Report

I am very sorry for what has happen to you I have not had that done but I do know some people that has happen to and it is very hard to handle. but with the suport and with people that care and undertsand this it will help you out.
I just hope that you don't have to have you foot taken off. I don't wish that on any one. This is why I am trying to keep my BS under contorl but it is very hard.
Well , lol keep the fath and I wish you all the best, Take care, we are all here if you need someone to talk to. okay
Hugs Anna

MAYS 2010-06-28 21:00:09 -0500 Report

Welcome to Diabetic Connect !

Amputations are new to me, haven't had any yet.
I can't relate to any of this, but I would love to read what an actual amputee has to say based on personal experience, the insight and information could prove to be very beneficial to other diabetics.


spiritwalker 2010-06-28 20:23:56 -0500 Report

I am an amputee due to MRSA. I am also a type 2 diabetic
and have been for 25 years. Do all that you can to keep
your bg in line. Are you cared for at a disbetic foot clinic?
They can teach you a lot. Sometimes something as simple
as special socks for diabetics and shoe adjustments can help.
What does your Endo have to say regarding foot care?
Good luck to you. If I can be of any help feel free to contact

Crashnot 2010-06-26 20:50:45 -0500 Report

Hi Roger,

Welcome to the club! Wow, you're living through what I've feared for the 42 years I've been a type 1 diabetic! My thoughts are with you, and I know everyone here will chime in on things that may help you out.

My best resource over time has become a book called "Reversing Diabetes" by Dr. Julian Whittaker. You can buy it on this site or Amazon for about $14. Well worth it!

The one thing that jumps out that will be of value to you is the vitamin regime he promotes to help feed the ends of our circulation system, like the feet. High sugars starve your body of nutrients over time, and that's when the nerve and tissue damage occur.

I was developing neuropathy from another immune disorder, Celiac Disease, but thought it was from my long-time diabetes. The vitamins helped me regain health and lose the stabbing pains I'd been having for two years, and held them off another two years until I was finally diagnosed with the Celiac. Now that that is under control, I've been bad about taking my vits, but really should as a diabetic!

He also has great food suggestions to help you control your sugars in a fulfilling way, and many recommendations on common medications and the side-effects your doctors probably won't tell you about.

That's it for me for now. Please ask as many questions as you can, or feel free to vent :-)


RC Hodge
RC Hodge 2010-06-26 22:45:18 -0500 Report

Thanks for the info. I will check out the book you mentioned the next time I get to the Library. I also really need to do a better job on controlling my sugar intake. My biggest problem is here in the summer I absolutely love iced tea. I have found that stevia, brand named Truvia, is a good replacement for sugar b ut I do find myself cheating at times even in the face of losing a big toe. How insane is that. I guess I really need the honesty of this site to hold me accountable. Anyway, write when you can and thanks for the input. God bless and keep you. RC ( Robert)

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