Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Confinement: Episode 9

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.

4 comments:

Laura said...

Walt, now that is an adventure. These young men do not get the credit on this side of the fence, and it is nice that you recognize their service. Healing takes time and you certainly have had an experience with all of that. Following your posts has given us all insight to your courage. Hang in there, better days are coming. You will be a better person in the end, if that is possible. Just think how lucky you are to have a "live-in" nurse.

Walt Trachim said...

Actually, Laura, it was a young man and a young woman. He is 21 and she just turned 25. Found out during the trip that she got accepted to Nursing school in the fall.

I have no doubt you are right about what's to come, and I'm just being patient and biding my time until that happens. And you are right - I am getting the best of care. Martha has been wonderful throughout. I'll be making it up to her for quite a while, I think...

TOTWTYTR said...

Walt, it sounds like your recuperation is coming along pretty well.

Should be an interesting trip to Boston and back via ambulance. Can you call and request that particular crew?

Walt Trachim said...

I already have...