A visit to the podiatrist today was a mixed blessing. The wound I have been nursing for months is healing well. Oxygen treatments and diligent care are paying off. But a long talk with the doc enlightened me to something I had been desperately not hearing. Many of the conditions I have been living under, I have been addressing with attached italics.
For example, my doctor would say “You are going to have to stay off that foot as much as possible“
I would hear “You are going to have to stay off that foot as much as possible until the wound heals“
But that’s not what he said.
I am at risk of developing a bad case of Charcot Foot, a nasty diabetic complication triggered by the removal of bones in my foot due to surgery. This is not a “until it gets better” thing. This is an indefinite preventative medicine thing. It means some of the changes to my life- like the wheelchair in my living room, and the restriction on doing anything which involves walking- these are not “until the wound heals“. These changes are permanent.
I’m not crippled. I can walk. But whenever I have the option, I shouldn’t.
You don’t even want to KNOW what the rest of my day brought.
Board meeting tonight. Gotta get ready.