I ran into a women in her early fifties while I was waiting to see my doctor yesterday 5/27. She to was sitting in a wheelchair just as I was in the doctors waiting room. The doctors were running behind like they sometimes do and we chatted for a while, about our medical problems, what else. As many of you know I had both my legs amputated last December because of diabetes and circulation problems, but post isn't about me. I was just there for a minor ailment. It's about this women Gail I met at the clinic. She has had diabetes for close to seven years that she knows of. She to lost one of her legs very high near her groin as I lost both of mine. She has gotten around very well for almost three years since her amputation using a wheelchair most all the time. She told me she had been having further circulation problems the past few months and the doctor was considering another amputation, possibly in just couple of weeks. I assummed it was her other leg, as I know this to be very common losing the second leg at a later date than the first, but she said no, her right leg although a bit weak was still doing OK. She went onto say the doctor had told her two weeks ago when she last saw him that her left hand and part of her arm may very well need to be amputated very soon if it didn't improve. The doctor was proposing to amputate her hand and lower arm midway between her hand and her elbow for many of the same problems she'd had with her left leg several years ago. She said she had lost quite a bit of feeling in her hand the past several months and her fingers were always cold and had turned quite black around the ends by her nails. She was quite upset by what the doctors had told her last time and was very upset at the most propable amputation of her hand. I know quite well what she was going through after losing my legs last year. Neither one of us had ever heard of people losing a hand or arm to diabetes, feet and legs yes many times, but not hands or arms.
What she and I want to know is hand or arm amputations really a possibilty for some people just like leg amputations were for me.
I guess neither one of us had ever heard about this possibility and would like to know if it occurs very often, or if hers is a rare case. Her doctor seemed to let her think it happens all the time. Gail wants to know soon. I also would like to know about this. I know it's too late to save Gail's hand and lower arm as she called me the next day and told me her doctor had scheduled the amputation of her hand for Tuesday June 2nd. She was very upset and didn't know how she would manage after having this second amputation.