Thursday, January 20, 2011
In case you aren't up to speed on my medical condition -- here's the nutshell version --
12/17/10 - I had surgery on both feet - left foot for neuroma removal and correction of 2 hammer toes, right foot correction of 1 hammer toe.
12/22/10 - Due to constricting of the bandages and over-icing to try to get the swelling down, I now have 3 frostbitten toes - yep, the 3 former hammer toes are now frostbitten.
OK, so on Tuesday this week (1/18/11), a wound specialist (foot doc #2) that I was referred to 2 weeks ago, scares the crap out of me by telling me that the worst frostbitten toe on my right foot only has a 50/50 chance of being saved - but that 2 weeks earlier, he thought it had zero chance, so he wasn't betting against me.
Yesterday, I went to my usual podiatrist (foot doc #1) - the guy who did my surgery. I tell him that foot doc #2 said that due to the change in temperature between the base of my toe and the tip of my toe, foot doc #2 thought I only had a 50/50 chance of saving the tip of the toe. Foot doc #1 says, "I don't agree with that. Your toes are ALWAYS cold!"
Those were the sweetest and most encouraging words I could have heard! Foot doc #1 said that it is still too soon to say for sure, but he felt that I have a good chance of saving the entire toe. The 2 toes on the left foot are pretty much going to be OK. Scars may not be as pretty as they would have been without the frostbite, but at least I'll have the toes.
So, I am choosing to believe foot doc #1, who has known me and my cold toes for the last 2 years, over foot doc #2, who just met me 2 weeks ago.
Isn't is amazing how I let a perfect stranger screw with my head? Have you ever done that - let a perfect stranger screw with your head?
Next time I see foot doc #2, I'm going to tell him, "Cold toes, warm heart!" And we know that the heart (love) can heal all wounds, right?
PS - I'd post pictures of my toes, but they would probably make you lose your lunch - they are pretty nasty looking.