Welcome Billy Liddle (or my New Boot)
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Thursday this week I had a full day at the clinic booked . I arrived just after nine and was sent up to the scan department were I had a full scan done on my legs , then off to x-ray same again more x-rays of both legs . then I had a glucose tolerance test not very nice you have bloods taken then drink a lt of glucose I then had a skin test on the right leg , more bloods were taken to see just how my diabetes was doing .and then I was told to have lunch . After lunch I was back at clinic and soon I was seeing my Consultant who asked if I minded seeing the Diabetic Consultant as well No said I bring him in The two doctors looked at the reports and then I had to walk up and down while they watched me we then sat down and the chat began Yes I understand that an operation would not be possible due to my diabetes as if there was a chance the skin might get infected and I would lose my leg up to the knee . Both Doctors seemed relieved when I said I had talked it over with my children and siblings and I did not want to take the chance so then we all worked out what would be the best treatment for me and it was decided I was to have a walker boot . So off I went to the Appliance Department were I was told they didn't have my size but would have tomorrow . I was measured up and came home .
Yesterday Friday I had a telephone call please come and try which boot is best for you so off I go again back to the Appliance Department to meet up with Bill . when I got there I was surprised to see three boots waiting for me One was short came half way up the leg no said Bill that's to short . one down two to go No2 was to light weight according to Bill two down one to go. Bill had to help me with no 3 as it was a full boot from toe to knee and it had a valve on four place s you have to pump up when you have fitted it they are one on each side one in the front and one at the back Oh boy this is going to be fun I thought feeling like |Goldie lock from the three bears I spent most of the day fitting the boot then I was given the kit which had 3 long socks from toe to top of leg two inner soles and
told any problems call in and see us.
I left the boot on to come home and the GC decided it was to be called Billy this time as we called the lighter weight one Bessie last time .
I had to release the pressure before I took it off by putting in the pump and drawing the air out of the valve .
This morning I had to put on the boot first thing I was so glad I was on my own I manged to fit the boot on pumped up the sides and front valves no problem
but doing the back on any body see me must have thought I was playing twister
it must have be at least 20 minutes of trying twisting this way and that way until I managed it a full days workout in 20 minutes . I found I had to rest up for 10 minutes before I was able to continue to get dressed.
I suppose I will get use to Billy soon as he's now part of my life and I was lucky as
I have found the Doctors who were willing to work with me and when I look at the state of Japan and other places I know how lucky I am to have met Billy the Boot I can get out and about and do have a home to come back too