MRI of My Foot

Friday afternoon, I had an MRI of my foot to make sure that I don’t have osteomyelitis again. Because my doctor’s appointment is fairly close to when I had the MRI done, they gave me the CD with the images on. Surely they didn’t think I wouldn’t take a peek!

I drew a red line around the area that they are concerned about – they think because it is kind of on the pointy side, it is causing problems. That is where the AlloMatrix that was put in my foot slipped. Everyone is worried that it is causing problems. I am not too keen on having surgery and would rather live with what I know than risk surgery and the unknown.

MRI of foot with AlloMatrix slippage


If I Didn’t Laugh About …

ROFL with dogThis month’s Blog Carnival subject is about finding humor in things to help us cope. We are supposed to fill in the blanks for, “If I didn’t laugh about _________ then I would ________. “ My first thought was that this will be easy. I have a sense of humor, so this will be a fun one to write. Then I started trying to fill in the blanks and I thought this is not as easy as I thought it would be.

Life is painDiabetes. What can I say about it that you don’t already know! It is a pain in the you know what. It is expensive, even with good insurance. If you don’t take the right amount of insulin, your blood sugar can be whacky. If you do take the right amount of insulin, your blood sugar can still be whacky. Get stressed out, your blood sugar might go up. Go to the mall, your blood sugar might go down. The weather changes, who knows what will happen to your blood sugar. Sometimes you have to eat whether you are hungry or not. It interrupts your sleep and could care less that you have an important meeting at work the next day and need to be at your best. That is just another day in the life with diabetes and I still have to fill in those blanks!
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My Diabetic Foot Wound – The End, Sort Of

I was admitted to the hospital in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, March 7, 2006.  The following day, the podiatrist (the doctor that the vascular surgeon wanted to see me), came in to talk to me.  After we talked and we went over the history of my wound and infection, he went to review my MRIs with the radiologist.  After he talked to the radiologist, he came back to talk to me again.  He called me a challenge and was not even sure what he would end up doing for the surgery until he opened my foot up.  Being called a challenge by the surgeon about to do surgery is not something you want to hear, especially when all the doctors coming in are talking about doing what they can to save my leg.  He wanted to schedule my surgery for Friday afternoon so that it would give him a couple days to think about what he would do.  He said that breaking your bone can cause swelling in the bone, and I also had the infection, so it was hard for him to tell what was because of the infection or what was from the broken bone until he opened my foot up.

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