In July of 2015 he began developing symptoms, his foot began to swell, become red, and painful he also developed blood blisters on the bottom of his foot. After months of this and seeing doctor after doctor, with no answer as to what was going on, he decided to go to the ER because the pain was too much to bare. The blister had gotten so big it covered almost half his foot. He was diagnosed with Cellulitis because at its early stages it mimics some of the visible symptoms. Two days before Thanksgiving he underwent his first surgery to drain the infection that was building up in his foot. He was released from the hospital four days later and had to be out of work for six weeks. During this time his foot healed very well considering that diabetes tends to prolong the healing process. About a month after he was back at work he began developing the blister again, he quickly changed his follow up appointment and saw his doctor. After more tests, x- rays and MRIs it was discovered that he had Charcot Foot and his doctor informed him that he would need to have surgery right away or risk amputation. Since my dad is a carpenter the doctor informed him that he would also not be able to return to work.
I began doing research on the condition, and this was the first time that I was honestly scared for my dad. He is not one to sit around and do nothing, he was always working and fixing things, but now he couldn’t. We requested his medical records from the hospital and I noticed that on the MRI it showed signs of his arch collapsing, we decided to seek a second opinion since the doctor missed it the first time around, even though it was clear as day that he had the condition. One doctor pretty much told us to not even bother with reconstruction surgery because it was a waste of time and to just wait until they would have to amputate his foot. We finally found a wonderful doctor who explained everything all of the pros and the cons. From the moment we met him we knew my dad was in good hands. In April 2016 my dad finally underwent his first reconstruction surgery. In November 2016 he underwent his second surgery to complete his foot reconstruction. We finally thought that the worst had past, but a few days before Christmas we learned the he had the begining of Stage 2 Colon cancer. In February he underwent surgery to remove the cancer and after a few rounds of chemo as a precaution it looks like it was a success and he is in remission.
The reconstruction surgery and the fight against cancer has given him a new outlook on life, but he will never be the same. He can no longer walk unassisted, and will always have to use a cane or wheel chair. He can no longer be on his feet for long periods of times and he cannot walk long distance without having to continuously stop to take a break. He is very limited on the things he can do now, this is why I want to be able to get a mobile scooter for him. This way he was the ability to still enjoy life without feeling limited to what he can do. Because as we learned these last two years life can be very short.