I’ll be happy when I don’t title another one of these posts with what is up there now…
I would have written about this yesterday, but I was dog tired when I got home, and all I wanted to do was sleep. I saw the surgeon yesterday afternoon for a follow-up visit. It was day 7 post-surgery, and he wanted to get a look at how his work was holding up. I can say that he was very pleased with it; the graft has started to take. It has vascular activity, and it is clean and reasonably dry. The only concern he has is that I have developed an area on the lateral side of my foot just around the corner from the graft, about the size of a dime, that is a little dusky. We don’t know if it’s a bruise or eschar yet; i can feel it when its palpated, but it doesn’t cause me pain or discomfort. So I suspect personally it may be a bruise. A possible cause is that in the position I am in I am trying to keep strain off of my knee and hip, and to do this I sometimes roll my leg so that the medial side is facing up. If I’m making contact with anything, like the pillows I have my leg resting on, it puts pressure on that area of my foot. So I am much more careful now about where I put my foot when I have my leg re-positioned.
A Rockingham BLS crew transported me down and back. Two EMT’s I know pretty well. Young crew – both are young enough that they could be my kids. But they did a really good job getting me down and back safely, and they were incredibly considerate. I was both impressed and pleased.
What I didn’t expect was how much the trip would take out of me. I was really tired when we got back. So much, in fact, that I took a cat nap when we got home. And I needed it.
I have to back next Monday to see him at the Tufts/New England Medical Center in Boston. I imagine I’ll make the same arrangements as yesterday, and maybe the same crew will transport me. That remains to be seen, of course, but I wouldn’t complain if they did.