Baja 4 Months POST surgery

One Hundred and Twenty Two days after foot removal.  People never get old amigos.  We heal so slowly after the age of 50.  After a very slow start on healing it appears I am over the hump.  At todays appointment the Wound Care Doctor looked at the stump again after not seaing it last week because I was in mako-ville getting lots of vitamin sea.  So here’s the word!

He told me to hurry back to Baja.  Told me that whatever I was doing was working.  He again used a hormone growth product and will look at it again next week.  I was asked to come back next Thursday and then get out of DODGE for a week or so.  HaHa, back to Baja on the 6th of July.  LUCKY ME.

After taking moore tests, and checking all results he had only good things to report.  TWO weeks ago he estimated that the stump was 40% healed.  TODAY he told me we were over the 50% mark and maybe as much as 65%.  He is pretty sure I will be ready for my prosthetic in AUGUST.  Let the good times roll.  Baja here I come again.

So in getting ready for the future I just got in a pair of canes.  Feels funny to use them with one foot, but when the new foot gets here I will have built up some muscle memory.   Two canes and only one foot is awkward and slow but very stable.   And that should make it easier to relearn how to balance and walk upright again.

SOON I will be healed enough to get the foot WET, that means I can get on the water in the kayak finally.  The Doctor did tell me about a bag I can tape up around the leg for a few hours at a time so I might give that a trial on My next trip to paradise.  Let the good times roll.

Speaking of good times.  The halibut Tourney at San Quintin was AGAIN won by Mr. Rossman.  This year he had the only two halibut weighed in.  He also caught a larger bone fish.  Congratulations to Ross.  Next year we will move the Tournament to mako-ville and open it to ALL fish except sharks and rays.

For those of you who follow me, I have  treat for YOU coming this weekend.  So keep your eyes open, it is about a rare sighting that happened in mako-ville on FATHERS Day.  Sea you all soon.  And remember Baja can heal all aspects of your life, if you let her.  Tight Lines amigos.

Post Amputation Day 95

Such a long time it takes some diabetics to heal.  Blood sugars are in check, NO bone or other infections.  The stump is looking much better.  And the wound is healing faster.  Thank the Lord.

Now over three months after the amputation I can sea the light at the end of the tunnel.  I took my ten WHOLE days in Baja.  Before I left my wound care doctor put me on antibiotics, he said just in case.  I covered up pretty well but still burnt my nose.  On returning to sea him after my trip he was excited at the progress made in two weeks.

The wound was closing much better and faster.  Baja was healing me!!!!!   The smaller part of the wound was ready to use a different technique on.  The doctor placed a piece of cow collagen in the wound, used glue to hold on a bandage over it then used tape over that.  Told me not to touch it, he will look at it again on this Thursday.

He told me to continue treating the rest of the wound as I did in Baja.  Thursday when he seas me again he will be happy as the open part of the wound is still healing well.  I can sea it growing smaller every day.  Baja was good for me.  Physically, emotionally and spiritually, I was healed by her open arms.

So I ask myself how to keep this going?  My answer is another trip to mako-ville scheduled for the 15th of June,  I will be there until the 20th.  Then cross through Coco’s corner to San Quintin to fish the halibut tournament on the 23rd of June.   And to celebrate my 70th in paradise, then back to Gonzaga for a day or two before returning home on the 26th.

While in mako-ville I hope to get the windows installed on the upstairs bedroom which we are building.  We found an air conditioning unit which will run on our solar system all day long without drawing power from the batteries.  Then we turn it off until we go to bed then on for an hour or two should be all it takes.  That should give us cool, sweet Baja dreams.  Tight Lines amigos.


Post amputation, DAY 60

The last 60 days have been the slowest I can remember since I got out of school.  Yep even Vietnam moved faster.  Post amputation, time slows down.  I got depressed as things were moving SO slowly.  Slow down you move to fast is fine if you are healthy.  Being wounded that philosophy does not hold water.

I found that post amputation my POV needed to change.  Our health care system naturally moves slowly.  Medicare and the VA do not talk to each other.  Casually the system crawls, do this first.  Make appointment and have this test done.  Results come back, now make appointment to get this test.  Some times it takes 2-3 weeks to get that test.

Results come back, it has been 6 weeks down the drain.  So the wound care Doctor saw me TUESDAY.  He took the bull by the horns.  HE was tired of the slow process and lack of results.  Had his head nurse contact the emergency room at TRI CITY.   He wrote the orders for them, instructions were spelled out.  Now remember he is also a Doctor on the Tri City staff.

Doctor told me to LEAVE his office and go straight to their emergency room.  And once there to tall them he had sent me and that my wound was not healing as it should.   This was post amputation day 59.  So off to sea the wizard at the emergency room.   The attendant at the door came out to me and asked why I was parked there, I opened the door and showed him my stump.  I asked for a wheel chair and for someone to park my truck.

I was processed in within 30 minutes telling them that the wound had a smell and looked like it might be infected.   Boom I was in seaing a Doctor who opened my file and saw the Wound Doctors notes, and recommended tests and procedures.  Over the next 9 hours all the tests were done and the results compiled and ready for the Emergency room Doctor.  Together in a conference call, ER doc, my Wound Doc and the Surgeon plotted a course of action.  In actuality in ONE single day a process that was taking weeks and months was solved.

The GOOD, NO sign of Bone Infection, Blood Cell results, very slightly elevated.  NO outward signs of infection.    The BAD, nothing noted.  Because of those tests they were able to debride the wound on day 60.  The UGLY,  when the Doctor opened up the wound to clean out the DEAD tissue.  The WHOLE room stank.  He removed the bad tissue, he did not put me on anti biotic because he saw no infection.

The CT scan did show a pocket of?  Fluid and gas, and they put a HORSE needle in to it in 3 places trying to aspirate the pocket.  All they got was a small amount of blood.  They sent that to be cultured and results should be back early next week.   All in all a great week, a little sore tonight but no pain meds needed.

Post amputation, DAY 83, the 20th of May is MY FREEDOM day.  I return to Baja that day for a week.  Life is good, God is great and loving.  Yes, I too got depressed for a while but just thinking and DREAMING about Baja kept me on track most of the time.  Now as I get closer to my return date time is SPEEDING up again.  My best wishes to all of you.  Thank you for your prayers.  I hope to sea each and every one of you in PARADISE soon.  Tight Lines and HAPPY BAJA DAYS.



Healing update April 10 2018

Today is 43 days post amputation.  Surgeon finally decided the healing was going too slow.  He is sending me to The Center for Wound Care  & Hyperbaric Medicine in Carlsbad.  This treatment program should speed back up the healing process.  That is the hope anyway.  Time will tell.

Tomorrow I should get a start date and moore information about their program.  Someone said it could take 6 weeks, which I sincerely hope not.  I should know moore by the end of the week.  Thank you all for your support.  Baja is calling so loudly I can hardly stand it.  Tight Lines amigos.