I imagine many of you have wondering why I have been quiet for a while.
Shortly after the start of lockdown I was bowled the ****** ****** (fill in with your choice of words) of all curved balls! I was having treatment for an ingrowing toenail on my left foot. Suddenly the wound started getting worse and in quick succession I was referred to my GP, the local hospital and to the vascular unit of the area's Health Trust. By early May I had had ultrasound and MRI scans. This was followed by endless delays as I had pointless telephone consultations, and was prescribed controlled painkillers and antibiotics as the infection worsened!
Eventually I went to the vascular unit as a day patient for angioplasty to improve the circulation. By that time I had been told I was going to lose my big toe. To say the angioplasty was not a success would be an understatement. At the end of July I had my leg amputated. By that time I was on three intravenous antibiotics and two or three controlled painkillers (someone quipped I was doing more drugs than Keith Richards!).
Anyway a week ago I transferred to rehab unit. By that time my weight had dropped from top of normal BMI to rock bottom. Anyway the medical care is much better. Sadly CovID restrictions limit access to the gym (one person and physio only at a time). I need to meet targets to go on to getting a prosthesis. One physco babble person asked me about personal targets as if they weren't leading a normal independent life so I finished the list with "ride a motorcycle" and suggested she Google Alan Kempster! Strangely she hasn't been back!
Anyway today I tried standing with a temporary artifical leg (pneumatic EWA). I did so well that I did a short walk and am trying a longer walk tomorrow. Hope to try a few steps (c.f. stairs) before the end of the week.
For the time being I will be limiting my time on the forum as I have other things to focus on including moving house as my small cottage which is not really adaptable for disabled living.
Wish me luck!