First let me say, it is none of my business what your medical condition is, so if you don't want to answer, I understand. That is the right to your privacy...but....
My dad is currently in the hospital for a 5th skin graft to patch up his foot.
My dad has known for 7 years that he has adult-onset diabetes, and he really didn't start taking care of himself until just about a year and a half ago, when he noticed that he stepped on a nail at his ranch. It went right through the leather heel of the boot and into his foot. He didn't feel it though.
He was at a meeting with the board of directors for our company, including our senior medical team for our hospitals we own. Anyway, he had one of the doctors look at it as it was pussing and Dr. Armstrong (cheif doctor) said that he needed to be hospitalized THAT day and they took him in.
The first two skin grafts did not take and they started doing hyperberic (sp?) chamber treatments on him, trying to increase the blood circulation in his foot. He has also started to eat much healthier and does not touch alcohol anymore (one of the culprits of his condition). He's down to normal weight for a man his age.
Anyway, he thought he had his finaly skin graft about 2 months ago, but it didn't take, HOWEVER, there was more blood flow in his heel. So they did the 5th skin graft. It's taking, but he just had an MRI
done last week and the infection is back and is all the way into the bone of his heel.
I'm worried sick about him right now. I'm afraid he's going to loose his foot. I'm not sure what the alternatives are, but he's back on doing hyperberic chamber treatments for 3 hours every morning and they are going to keep him in the hospital and feed him hy powered anti-biotics for the next week.
I'm sort of wondering if we are getting to the end of this deal one way or another. I just don't want them to have to cut his foot off, because it would be so tough on him and he likes to be active.
Does anyone have any words of advice or knowledge about these things?
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