ted j

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Can't count to 20 anymore on fingers and toes
Had to have a very heavily infected 4th toe on my right foot amputated yesterday tea time

About 3 years ago, despite me always taking care of my feet because I have type 2 diabetes, I developed a small ulcer on the right hand side of my middle toe
Went to the hospital with it , had various treatments and gradually it got better, leaving a small clean crater like dent
Then the middle of last year, developed another ulcer on the opposing side of my 4th toe ........went this time to Bati , a small local private hospital near us which accepted SGK as I didn't want t go to our local Devlet during the pandemic
The new ulcer seemed to respond to IV antibiotic drip and tablets , 3 courses one after the other and actually started clearing up, so I continued treating it at home with prescribed antibiotic cream and iodine , with Kath playing a blinder and fresh dressing it twice a day

After a few weeks, it seemed to hit a brick wall and started getting worse again , so had one more course of antibiotics and ended up at Soke Egemed seeing a specialist who did tests and determined it had spread into the bone and amputation was needed , so we went along with our driver/translator friend and I had a noon appointment
Had the pre op talk and questionnaire with the anethsetist who said I had been moved to 2pm ......finally had the op at 5.15 taking 45 minutes and then had to stay overnight leaving at 8.15 am today
We have to go back next Monday for a check of it , but everything looked fine when a nurse at A and E redid the bandage before I left the hospital
I had some pain last nigh but that was due mainly to the bloody hard bed
I was expecting a toe missing but they cut the 4th toe out completeley and moved the small toe over (and stitched the old crater in my middle toe)

In 2 weeks i have to see a specialist at Denizli to evaluate the poor circulation in my legs that probably caused the ulcers to not heal
After my open heart op 10 years ago, I had one blockage ballooned out in my stomach but when I asked about my legs (which were not that bad at the time), he said he couldn't do them as they were too narrow, but now apparently they can be done or have veins grafted, either way they will have to be done , so yet more bloody pain!
 

TLF Admin

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Can't count to 20 anymore on fingers and toes
Looks like you are well cared for in the Turkish hospitals, wishing you quick recovery.
 

yalimart

The Carnwath Massive
Can't count to 20 anymore on fingers and toes
All the best Ted and a speedy recovery, as an aside, my wife could count to 22 as a child but that became 20, she feels your pain.

Martin
 

ted j

Member
Can't count to 20 anymore on fingers and toes
Forgot to add, I had to take a PCR test beforehand (finger prick and results in 20 mins) as well as a blood test
The room was private with flat screen TV , (Turkish channels and Al Jazeera), hospital bed (remote up and down), small table and chair, coffee table, couch and lounge chair and had a clean en suite bathroom
Meals were included but the hospital has no vending machines , so when the canteen is closed no food/drinks are available
The cost was 7500 lira (£750).......unfortunateley the ulcer was caused by my diabetes which was an existing condition , so no SGK help hence that price

The wound is still bleeding slightly, but it is light , watery blood and not much of it, which I expect is just water content draining , it doesn't smell , so hopefully the infection (like one of the operating team said ) is gone
I am on yet more antibiotics and have on hand a packet of powerful painkillers which I am avoiding unless I really feel I need one

All in all, I am glad to be rid of it, it had got really badly infected despite all efforts and progressed at a really fast rate (we are talking 6 days from a bit worse to VERY bad )
 
Can't count to 20 anymore on fingers and toes
So pleased that you managed to get it treated during Covid. I guess that it would of been classed as urgent given how quickly it was progressing.

Wishing you a speedy recovery.

I hope that your leg operation won't be to expensive
 

Bramidan

Member
Can't count to 20 anymore on fingers and toes
All the best Ted, sounds like you had first class treatment and more importantly you sound in a good place in yourself to deal with this.
 

juco

Member
Can't count to 20 anymore on fingers and toes
Had to have a very heavily infected 4th toe on my right foot amputated yesterday tea time

About 3 years ago, despite me always taking care of my feet because I have type 2 diabetes, I developed a small ulcer on the right hand side of my middle toe
Went to the hospital with it , had various treatments and gradually it got better, leaving a small clean crater like dent
Then the middle of last year, developed another ulcer on the opposing side of my 4th toe ........went this time to Bati , a small local private hospital near us which accepted SGK as I didn't want t go to our local Devlet during the pandemic
The new ulcer seemed to respond to IV antibiotic drip and tablets , 3 courses one after the other and actually started clearing up, so I continued treating it at home with prescribed antibiotic cream and iodine , with Kath playing a blinder and fresh dressing it twice a day

After a few weeks, it seemed to hit a brick wall and started getting worse again , so had one more course of antibiotics and ended up at Soke Egemed seeing a specialist who did tests and determined it had spread into the bone and amputation was needed , so we went along with our driver/translator friend and I had a noon appointment
Had the pre op talk and questionnaire with the anethsetist who said I had been moved to 2pm ......finally had the op at 5.15 taking 45 minutes and then had to stay overnight leaving at 8.15 am today
We have to go back next Monday for a check of it , but everything looked fine when a nurse at A and E redid the bandage before I left the hospital
I had some pain last nigh but that was due mainly to the bloody hard bed
I was expecting a toe missing but they cut the 4th toe out completeley and moved the small toe over (and stitched the old crater in my middle toe)

In 2 weeks i have to see a specialist at Denizli to evaluate the poor circulation in my legs that probably caused the ulcers to not heal
After my open heart op 10 years ago, I had one blockage ballooned out in my stomach but when I asked about my legs (which were not that bad at the time), he said he couldn't do them as they were too narrow, but now apparently they can be done or have veins grafted, either way they will have to be done , so yet more bloody pain!
Just get Dianne Abbot to do your counting. :) Seriously though I hope all goes ok for you now and in the future.
 

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