The Saga Continues…
(Origianlly posted on my Baby Boomers US Blog) Once in the energency room and upon examination of my left leg it was deemed by the doctors on call that I had to be admitted and examined by a Cardio-Vascular surgeon to determine the extent of the damage to the leg.
Ater being admitted to Delaware County Memorial Hospital and assessment by the surgeon, it was found that a clot in the main artery of the leg was causing all the problems. There was no circulation at all from my calf all the way down to the toes. The doctor told me that the only way to stop the deterioration of the whole leg was to amputate everything from above the knee.
Of course I said no. The doctor then told me that if it wasn’t done, the leg would basically rot and the poison would keep spreading enough that I would probably die.
After a short discussion with Karen, we made the decision to take the leg the next day. That is when they transferred me to Crozer-Chester Medical Center for the actual operation. Cutting the leg off only took a few hours and when I woke up I thought the pain would be gone. Wrong.
There really is such a thing as “Ghost Pain”. It’s a good thing they put me on strong pain meds right away because not only did I feel the pain in my leg from before, Now I had the additional pain of the actual wound from the cutting off surgery.
The next update will cover the rehab experience, home recovery and our decision to send Karen to the emergency room to take care of her hernia.