On Friday, I made a trip to Pittsburgh for the ulcer I have had on my foot since the end of April. When I was there three weeks ago, he said that all but one small spot was healed. He put some foam around it and said it was OK to walk on it. I was supposed to leave the bandage on for one week to a week and a half. I left it on the full time. When I had taken the bandage off before my appointment three weeks ago, I thought my foot was worse because the silver nitrate had discolored my skin. This time, I didn’t panic when I saw my foot.
When the doctor looked at my foot, he said that it was actually bigger than it was the time before. This time, he used the word “offloading,” which means to stay off of your foot. I guess I am so used to doctors that point the finger at you doing something wrong, I immediately reminded him that he said it was OK for me to walk on it and I had been walking on it.
He wasn’t trying to point the finger at me, he was just saying why staying off your foot is important. Then he said something that really surprised me – he said that he underestimated the ulcer on my foot! How many doctors do you know that would actually admit that? Any other doctor I have seen would have twisted things around and say that I misunderstood them about walking on it.
Needless to say, I was pretty bummed out. I spent the whole weekend in a slump. I was really expecting this to be finished. Friday was a long day anyway because my cat (who I think is starting to get senile in her old age of 17 years) started howling about 4 AM. Going to Pittsburgh makes for a tiring day anyway without starting it at 4 AM.
When he said that it was OK to walk on it, I started walking every day with the dog. Alex isn’t quite understanding why we can’t walk now. When I take him outside, he tries to head the direction we go for walks in. I am taking that as a hint he wants to actually walk.
I go back again next week. Hopefully, next week he will say that it is healed. Besides the frustration of not being able to walk, it is getting expensive. My co-pays are $25 and I have spent $75 since the beginning of May and next week will make $100 that I spent on my foot. I can think of a lot of other things I could have spent that $100 on!