Reader: Steve asked me to fill in for him from time to time for a while – he expects to be unable to blog-post for about two weeks. The following is my less-than-perfect attempt to echo his words this evening. George Batten
A couple of weeks ago, perhaps a little less, I suddenly started feeling extreme pain in my right foot – the one that was already troublesome; i.e., the one with the boot. After some visits with physicians – my usual one and a DO – I was eventually sent to the clinic at Memorial Herman Hospital (MHH) to be diagnosed for something more severe. Ultimately, this led to my being admitted to MHH, and to a decision that I am reasonably happy with: the foot will be amputated on Thursday.
As you can imagine, this was not a simple decision, and I did not make it without a lot of discussion with professionals of the medical profession. It is possible to have reconstructive surgery done, but people with my condition that have had that generally have had more problems than those who have had the amputation. An amputation seems to terminate the infection. In my case, the surgery will take off the lower part of the limb starting about halfway up to the knee.
After surgery on Thursday, I will start rehabilitation with a clean start (perhaps I should say a clean “end”). I feel that I have about half the staff at MHH helping me, and it seems that I will be seeing them at MHH for a couple of weeks. While that is an exaggeration, the team helping me does have five members. One good thing is that, according to the team, after all of this I will be able to drive. One bad thing is that during the two weeks I probably will not be posting on this blog – George will do some for me.