Welcome to my site!! My goal for this blog is to offer advice and assistance to people who have diabetes and have had amputations and have had issues with their eyes as well due to this disease.
It was a little bit more than two years ago I first discovered I had diabetes. I am a music teacher and I run a rock school program. One of my students during a rehearsal noticed that I looked white as a sheet and asked me if I felt ok. I said yes and continued with my rehearsal and didn’t think too much about it. When the rehearsal was over I was starting to feel very disoriented,my vision was blurred, and I was shaking. I went to my car, and sat down and fortunately I had some crackers and water to eat . I felt better and drove home thinking maybe I had the flu or something. I was wrong. A few weeks prior to this episode I noticed on the bottom of my left foot I had a small open wound. I thought to myself that I must have stepped on something and put it out of my mind. A week or so later there was a small wound below my right foot toe. I have a foot massage machine and was soaking my feet with salt to help it feel better. This is where life I as know would change for the worst…..
For the next few weeks the shaking and blurred vision were becoming a part of my everyday life. The wound below my right big toe had become smaller, but the wound on the bottom of my left foot was getting larger, It was red and discolored enough to scare me enough to seek medical advice. I went to my local hospital and saw my primary doctor. I told her of my symptoms and she examined my feet. She told me I had two foot ulcers and to go to the emergency room immediately….
I was at the emergency room when a doctor came in and told me that the foot ulcers were most likely a result of diabetes. It did run in my family, so I wasn’t that surprised. They checked my sugar. It was around 300. My A1C was about 9. I had no idea what any of this meant, but listened to doctors and was then afraid of what was next…..
I was admitted to the hospital and was introduced to many different doctors. Three foot doctors, a diabetic doctor,an infectious disease specialist, and my regular doctor. In the next few hours I was informed that I need surgery on both feet ASAP to save them. The infectious disease doctor told me I had a infection in my system and had to be put on antibiotics to help fight it. The first surgery was on my right foot. The infection below my right toe was infecting my toe, so it had to be amputated. My left foot was hooked up to a wound vac, which basically sucks out the bad fluid from your wound. The hole in my foot was getting larger, so this had to be done. I had later lost two toes on my left foot that were also infected in the bone. After all these surgeries and treatment I was fortunate enough, with the help of excellent doctors to be able to keep my feet. All this because of poor health and ignorance on my part. Next post I will discuss my rehab.