It's been awhile, but things are going along a little better than expected. I think that's due to the resilience of youth. At first the road was a little rocky. TJ started dialysis the day after he had his foot amputated. The foot had to come off first because of the infection. The bones in his foot were turning to mush because of the infection. If he had not had his foot taken off, the infection would have compromised all the other procedures he has had done. He learned to hop around on his good foot with the aid of a walker. Of course, his "good" foot has also been affected by his diabetes. He had skin grafts applied to ulcers on both feet a few months ago. One took and the other one became infected. So he hops around on the one foot. He goes to dialysis 3 times a week. At 6:30 in the morning. He calls the taxi that takes him to the center an hour ahead. I arranged for a wheelchair to be delivered to his residence. He wheels it around the kitchen to prepare his meals and to clean up after himself. He is really trying hard to do the things he has to do by himself and I am so proud of him! I was so afraid that he was going to go into a deep depression and not even try to find his own way. He even has his own way of navigating the 2 steps leading up to the front door. He is in good spirites. He can't take a shower, yet, but we are working on getting him a shower bench. Then we'll work on getting him a ramp, so that he can go in and out of the house on his own by next summer. So, things are working themselves out. All of this could have been prevented, or at least, delayed if more care was taken when he was younger. He knows it and has taken full responsibilty for his neglet of his health. What I want people to take away from this account is this- you are responsible for the way you deal with your health! You can bury your head and try to ignore your health, but, the damage will still be going on where you can't see it. Until it rears it's ugly head and forces you to deal! There are pictures on the 3rd page of my profile picture page of the ulcer that TJ had to deal with. If that doesn't convince you than there's no hope for you. I'm hoping that there might be someone out there that will be spared all the pain and anguish that we have gone through these past few weeks. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers!
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