FMIL's life-changing surgery...
Posted 18 June 2009 - 02:07 PM
over the next 6 months doctors diagnosed her with everything from diabetes (which she doesn't have) to gout. finally they realized that she had peripheral artery disease (PAD) which basically meant that her foot was just not getting the blood flow it needed to heal itself. most times it is due to clogged arteries, but in her case, it's because her veins are just so small.
since angioplasty and stints were not going to work (veins too small) they did a bypass taking a vein from her leg and re-routing it below her ankle. it was successful and her foot actually started to heal! then suddenly last week she got extreme pain in her foot, went to see the doctor who did an emergency surgery and they realized her bypass had collapsed. that's when the doctor told us her (pretty much) only choice... amputation.
it took only 4 days to go from healing to a below-the-knee amputation. she made the final decision that she was sick of this running her life and she wanted the pain gone and wanted to move on and for that i'm VERY proud of her. but still, my heart absolutely breaks for her. i can't imagine what she must be going through, knowing that she'll go under for surgery, and when she wakes up her leg will be gone from the knee down. i have no idea what to say to her besides just giving her a hug and telling her we're there for her. while i'll be glad she won't be in any more pain, i can't imagine the psychological toll that has to take on you.
sorry for just rambling along and unloading on you guys! i just got the message from one of my FSIL's that her surgery is officially scheduled for Monday the 22nd and it hit me like a ton of bricks and i needed to share with someone!
Posted 18 June 2009 - 02:19 PM
Posted 18 June 2009 - 02:40 PM
Well, I guess there isn't much you can say to her, but ya I agree, I'm sure the psychological end of things is riping her apart. My heart goes out to her. Continue to be supportive as that will make a world of difference for her.
Posted 18 June 2009 - 02:47 PM
Posted 18 June 2009 - 02:54 PM
Posted 18 June 2009 - 03:00 PM
I will keep her in my thoughts and let us know how she is and how you are holding up too!
Posted 18 June 2009 - 03:33 PM
Posted 18 June 2009 - 03:39 PM
stacey and nikki, that is the first thing we all thought too, before she went with the bypass. there are a few other procedures that they can do, but her veins are too small and they just wouldn't work. she actually was given the choice between trying a hyperbaric chamber for 2 hours, 5 days a week for 2 months (increases oxygen in the blood which promotes healing) but she was told there was no guarantee and it wouldn't fix the problem. this is when she decided that enough was enough and i have to say, for the mild-mannered, gentle soul that she is, that is HUGE!
Posted 18 June 2009 - 03:52 PM
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