Back from Near Death

If you were wondering where I’ve been lately the answer is the hospital. I almost died three weeks ago from an infected diabetic ulcer on my right foot, I had no idea how close I was to death even though I had been caring for and cleaning the wound every day. How it started was a a blister on the bottom of my foot, from walking.

I have type 2 diabetes so that blister turned into an ulcer instead of healing normally. The irony was after six months it was healing, It was getting smaller. But it still got infected some how and I got really sick. It became septic meaning the infection got in my blood. I decided to check myself into the hospital even though I didn’t want to. I figured they would have me there 5 days or so. I was wrong. I am still here after three weeks.

If I had waited one more day I’d probably be dead. All my organs were shutting down. Kidneys had failed, blood pressure was about A LOW s it could get and still be alive. I was so weak getting out of a chair was extremely hard.

I checked into the VA here in Austin but they don’t have a hospital so they sent me to St. David’s, who they work with here. It’s very nice place and they have been taking good care of me.

But the foot had to go. It was too far gone and infection had got into the bone.

So I am now disabled and have to wait six weeks or so before I can get a prosthetic foot and walk again.

Because I was living in an upstairs place I need to find new living quarters as soon as I get out. And because I work as a contractor I am not being paid for all the weeks I have been out. In fact, I may be out of a job because of this. I need to get that resolved. As result of all this I am technically homeless and potentially unemployed. A fund has been created to help me out. Any donation will be a big help.

So that’s what I’ve been up to. I am looking forward to a lot of obstacles to overcome in very near future. Please forgive me for not writing sooner. And if you can help it woud be much appreciated.

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