I can’t believe a whole year has gone by when it comes to my foot.
For those of you who haven’t read the blog for a while or don’t know through social media things, last year I stepped on a nail. The nail penetrated a hiking boot/sneaker, through a sock and pretty deep into my foot. I went to the ER that night and got a tetanus shot, though they didn’t give any antibiotics, which seemed odd being I’m diabetic.
From there was a whirlwind of different things, enough to make me want to just say hell with it.
The short of the story is this – the nail ended up giving an infection. As a diabetic, they got truly worried with some things they saw, and I can totally understand that.
Here’s what I went through:
- Several trips to a podiatrist
- An MRI
- Foot surgery, which was postponed when I had a bit of an anxiety attack, which led to…
- A trip to a cardiologist
- Scans of the heart, stress test, echocardiogram and, eventually …
- A heart catheterization, which found my heart was fine …
- And, finally, foot surgery (turns out one issue was one tiny bone in my foot was shattered by said nail and had to be removed as part of this)
- Six weeks of home IV antibiotics
- Eventual clearance that my foot was fine
That’s the basics. During this time, they found an antibiotic I was allergic to, and that Benadryl makes me hallucinate. Good times!
But, though those six months or so were crazy, I was thankful I had insurance and a job where I could do what I had to do and still be supported in whatever I needed to have done.
Also during all of this, my diabetes got out of control, which forced me to change a lot of my habits to get things in control.
So here we are, a year later.
My health is way better. My foot is doing very well. I have my diabetes, for the most part, in check. My numbers have been pretty solid and I like the direction it’s going.
One year later and I’m doing way better than I was at this point last year, in many aspects of my life. But I’ll tackle more of those soon enough.
If you want to read the saga of my foot, you can see some of the posts below:
A perfectly timed break (Dec. 2, 2013)
30 minus 2 Days of Writing: Damn (Feb. 8, 2014)
A heart and a foot surgeon walk into a bar (March 25, 2014)
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