His foot is much better. I cleaned it every day. We even did a little unorthodox treatment. Sister Vivian told me to put a sliced potato on it and it would draw out all the icky stuff. Don said no, no when I mentioned it to him but I had done some research by then.
He agreed to it the next day. There’s scientific merit to it and there have even been medical papers written about it. Most of the articles I read said to grate the potato and make a poultice with it. I wasn’t comfortable with putting that on his foot with an opening where those pieces might get lodged so I just used a slice.
The first day I changed the potato every 4 hours and then a new potato for overnight. The first slice was slimy and icky but each successive one was cleaner and so was his foot. We were both pleasantly surprised. We went back to the regular wound care the next afternoon.
He saw a podiatrist this morning. The doc cleaned it all up real well and we found that there was no tunneling and that it’s just superficial. Whew! Don got a big lecture about diabetic foot care and even though I’m not yet this doc’s patient….so did I. He didn’t like my little Croc sandals at all.
The best news for Don was that he got to go back to work today. He’s got a pad in his left shoe now to change the way his foot makes pressure in the shoe. As soon as insurance approval comes through, an orthotic will be made especially to fit that foot and he’ll be able to move it from shoe to shoe.
I’ve got an appointment next Monday with the doc to start my routine diabetic foot care with him.
But—-he wants me to get rid of all my sandals, flip flops, Crocs……and wear…….tennis shoes…..with worst of all…….SOCKS! I hate socks! He even wants me to wear tennis shoes (with socks) in the house. I told him that wasn’t likely to happen…that I would wear slippers but probably wouldn’t do the shoes in the house thing.
So, I guess I have to gather up my Auburn Croc sandals and clogs and my Saints Croc clogs and all my other Crocs and the rest of my sandals and get rid of them.
I’m going to have to think about that.