Diabetes

Complications
  1. January 16, 2016: Tunneling ulcer, typical wound progression in diabetics
  2. Swollen and painful foot. Finally decided to go to the ER
  3. 5 hours later, set up with IV antibiotic and painkillers
  4. Next evening, pain was so intense I was screaming for someone to lance the swelling, finally getting some attention.
  5. January 18, 2016: First dressing change
  6. January 20, 2016: debridement of most superficial necrotic skin
  7. January 23, 2016: foot placed under vac pump therapy, machine that pulls out excess liquid thru a combination of sponges, suction duct and tubing.
  8. January 25, 2016: debridement down to tendons and MRI shows infection in bones of last 2 toes
  9. February 12, 2016: Healing of wound progressing well. Released for at home care with vac machine and self administration of IV antibiotic thru my pick line
  10. March 23, 2016: No more tendons, my orthopedic surgeon cut them off because my last 2 toes were not moving. I am fine with that since the tendons were not functioning anyways
  11. May 10, 2016: wound healing still... Earlier in the treatment, I had asked if synthetic skin could be used to cover the opening but was told it most likely would not hold the sutures as seen along the top of my toes.
  12. May 12, 2016: microbiologist is concerned that the IV antibiotic treatment is failing to clear the infection in my toe bones after 114 days. Within 2 weeks a concensus will be reached by all the specialists involved in my case. At this point I'm very concerned that amputation is eminent.