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Hives! Where'd those come from?

Let's start off by defining what in the world a hive really is. I turned to WebMD for their article about Hives and Your Skin to produce this answer: Urticaria, also known as hives, is an outbreak of swollen, pale red bumps or plaques (wheals) on the skin that appear suddenly -- either as a result of the body's reaction to certain allergens, or for u...

Stump Treatment - Life as an Amputee

You have an amputation, you're fully healed from the surgery and you're ready to rock your first prosthetic. Now this may not be as applicable or relevant to someone with an arm or hand prosthetic, but I'm not 100% sure because that's not the type of amputation we deal with in our house (BKA in case you're curious and didn't know). You may still find what ...

Follicular Sores Burn - Life as an Amputee

So lets chat. Last week we discussed using essential oils and related products over "the cream" to help with follicular sores, right? And we know that Steve decided to give it a try. So lets dive into those initial products he tried and why. First we'll start with doTERRA's Correct-X. This is a multi-purpose ointment that helps soothe skin and enhance t...

VagisilĀ® or Essential Oils!?! - Life as an Amputee

Ew! Gross right!?! Trust me, I know what you're thinking! What in the world does Vagisil® (moving forward I will refer to this as "the cream" because I don't want to have to keep advertising it - tee-hee!) have to do with an amputation or a MAN for that matter!?! Well, let me tell you. I came home from work one day to find a tube of &qu...

Standing for the First Time - Life as an Amputee

The wound vacuum comes off, the wound heals, now what? It's time to wrap your brain around this new life. It's time to get off the couch. It's time to do physical therapy. It's time to make a trip to see the prosthetist. It's time to get fitted for a socket and first leg. It's been long awaited...and it's time! From the time Steve got fitted fo...

Intro to Essential Oils - Life as an Amputee

Steve had wound care coming the our home 3 days a week for several weeks to change the dressing on the wound vac and check on the healing progress. Eventually when Sports Authority's short-term disability turned into long-term disability Steve also sought the help from the VA. He was put into the rotation at the VA Hospital and the wound care ladies there ...

Wound Vac's Suck! - Life as an Amputee

So, of course, it would be too much to ask to have the hospital get things organized enough to ensure that Steve could go home on Monday. After surgery on Friday and having to spend the weekend, unfortunately at 2PM they still hadn't even started the process with the home wound care people. No biggie, what's another night in the hospital, right? So annoyin...

Date Night at the Hospital - Life as an Amputee

Between 11/2 and 12/1 Steve was doing great. He had gotten his pain under control, was healing, going to his follow-ups every week and being told all was well. On Tues, 11/29 Steve had his staples and sutures removed which left holes and was sent home like that. On Thurs, 12/1 Steve’s prosthetist came to see him because Steve sent him pictures sayin...

DRUGS! - Life as an Amputee

How frustrating! From Sunday, 10/30 to Wednesday, 11/2 Steve spent more time back at the hospital in severe pain. What's worse, is them not being able to figure out why he was in so much pain (again) and the scarier part was why he couldn't straighten out his leg. Several different doctors and/or nurses made the suggestion that it was because Steve starte...

Emergency Room Visit #4 - Life as an Amputee

Are you kidding me!?! So, just a reminder, Steve was released from the hospital as a new amputee on Thursday, 10/27. He was doing so good! On Sun, 10/30 we were over at Steve’s brothers house for dinner and he ended up having excruciating pain. Muscle cramps and shooting nerve pain. He tried hard not to freakout, but I was concerned about the po...

Life as an Amputee

Steve's amputation was on the evening of Monday, October 24th. By Thursday morning he was more than ready to leave the hospital and get back to the comforts of home. Thankfully he was released and by mid-afternoon we were back home. Whew! He did fantastic! After spending so much time in the hospital, as you can see in previous blog post pictures his bear...

Amputation Day - Road to an Amputation

October 24, 2016 at 5:03 PM - They took Steve down to surgery. It took just over 2.5 hours and they let me down into the post-op area to visit with him before he was taken back to his room. Steve was awake and rambling on to the nurse in his area as a peeked around the corner before walking in. His legs were not covered! GULP! I mean, of course, I knew ...

Pirate Steve - Road to an Amputation

It's Sunday, October 23, 2016 around 7:30 in the morning. One of the hardest things leading up to this point for me was hearing my husband declare to the 6 doctors and medical students that were in the room that he'd made up his mind. "Chop it off!" He almost said it so nonchalantly. I can't even imagine how it must have felt for him to say those words o...

New Vehicle - Road to an Amputation

You know how when you're looking for a new vehicle you talk to people, do research, go look at and even give them a test drive? Well, that's kind of how we were treating this decision with the possibility between a forefoot amputation or below knee amputation. What kind of prosthetic would he have, what colors, shoes, hardware, software, size, shape, etc? ...

Forefoot or Below Knee - Road to an Amputation

We discussed the situation with several people from the vascular team. I asked them to provide us with all the results because we felt like Steve still wasn’t sure what caused this entire situation and he was being faced with making a decision between doing a forefoot amputation, below knee amputation, or going home in pain for an unknown amount of ti...

Amputation!?! - Road to an Amputation

I'm sorry, did you say amputation!?! How does one receive that information, let alone process it? After speaking with the podiatrist (foot doc), he wasn't really being confident in a forefoot amputation, nor really thinking that was the best route for Steve given his situation. The podiatrist felt that Steve was young and the technology is advanced, so he...

Emergency Room Visit #3 - Road to an Amputation

Wait what!?! The last blog post just said that after being in the hospital for 9 days and 4 surgeries later that Steve was sent home. Yes, you are correct. If you recall Steve was told that it would be a painful process, but that he needed to do physical therapy and give his body time to build collateral channels for blood flow, since the surgeries weren'...

Discharged...FINALLY - Road to an Amputation

After ICU the next few days is the hospital were pretty uneventful. Lot's of pain for Steve, no sleeping and anxiety to boot. And finally, the anticipated discharge day. Not sure if you've ever stayed in the hospital for any length of time, but the waiting around for other people to do what they need to do, see who they need to see, talk to who they need t...

A Cup of Coffee & Out of ICU - Road to an Amputation

It may seem silly to some to even mention a cup of coffee, but after the punishment that Steve's been through over the past week, a cup of coffee is a treat and a sign of some normalcy. It also a good sign that he'll be getting out of ICU soon...we hope. Read the time-stamped text messages to see how our day played out. Date: Sat, Oct 8, 2016 at 7:29 A...

Surgery #4 - Road to an Amputation

This late night surgery routine is getting more than tiresome. I can't even imagine the surgeon, but I've been assured that this is how they train them. More on our day in ICU and his 4th and last surgery. Date: Fri, Oct 7, 2016 at 7:03 AM Steve gets to eat breakfast & drink (until 8am)!!! He's actually on his second glass of OJ now. This is the fi...