Off we went to check back in to the hospital. Round 2 upon us. We don't know what to expect really.
By 6pm that evening, Jacob was in surgery again. This time I was starting to worry around 8pm because he was not back to the room yet. I thought something had gone drastically wrong. Just then he was wheeled back into the room. Nothing had gone drastically wrong, though he had a harder time with the anesthesia this time around.
As soon as the nurse locked his bed wheels, I said I need to see his foot. And he sat up, and was frantically trying to find his foot. We pulled the covers back, and I just broke into tears which I tried SO hard to hold back.
There was a chunk of his foot gone. From the bed of his toes to about 1 inch below his ankle and 1 inch deep. It looked like the Dr. just took an ice cream scooper to it. He had a contraption called a Wound Vac in place. This thing was supposed to heal the wound from the inside out. Very expensive therapy, but well worth it as it did not leave Jacob with a huge divot in his foot after the fact!
The next day the Dr. came to visit. He said to Jacob, "you can get up and walk around whenever you want to now." So Jacob asked him if he could right then. And he did. After 3 weeks of not being able to walk at all, Jacob stood up with half his foot missing and walked just fine with little to no pain. How was this even possible I thought. But the wound vac relieves all pressure that would have been there with swelling and bandages.
Jacob was discharged 4 days later (if i messed up, this stay was 6 days total) because we were waiting for approval from insurance to take this machine home. (It cost $25,000 for the one in the hospital...yes you read that correctly, Twenty-five THOUSAND....the one we would be allowed to take home was $200 per day plus supplies that you changed every other day.)
We came home and had home health care nurses for several weeks. Jacob saw the Dr. in office 1 day each week until they allowed him to go back to work. He was out of work since March 6th! He returned to work full time around Memorial Day. (the week prior, I believe)
Today, Jacob's foot is 99% healed. He has no feeling in bits of the top of his foot. There is one HUGE nasty looking scar that will get better with time, and his foot is discolored that will probably not change back to normal. He has limited mobility in his 4 toes, but it has not changed his gait at all.
There are SO many things to be thankful for in this whole process! I am going to save most of those for another blog post. But the one i am MOST grateful for is that God chose to spare Jacob's life and his limb. The Dr. confirmed that is we had waited even til later in the day to come to the hospital, he would not have been so fortunate! Really makes you take a look and really know what is important to you when one day out of nowhere your husband is laying in a hospital bed as his body is attacked by an invisible demon and all you can do is wait as the Drs make the best guesses they can til they can prove something. We are so thankful to God for giving us Dr. Geideman. Had we listened to the first Dr. we also would not be so fortunate because he was certain Jacob needed no surgery.
Following are the rest of the pictures that I have. Some are pretty gruesome, use discression when viewing around squeamish people or small children! Thank you!!
|Without bandages 2 days after surgery. the white that you can see are the tendons. When Jacob would move his toes, you could CLEARLY see how tendons work like cables. I find it fascinating, though I am sure disgusting to many!|
|Again, the white are the tendons. Who knew you had THIS much room to cut anything off the top of the foot!|
|Black sponges to go home. these are more painful to remove, but make the healing process a bit quicker!|