I'm not sure if she has other medical or circulation issues or not. We only chatted about 15 minutes before I was called in to see the doctor. When I came out she was gone. I'm going to try to keep in touch with her and see how she is doing. She told me she'd had diebetes seven years and it has been a battle for her especially since she lost her leg and needs to use a wheelchair most all the time. I will try to let you guys know how she is doing after her surgery next week.
I talked to Gail just today. She is doing quite well despite having had her left hand amputated last Monday 6/2. She came home just Tuesday 6/10. While visiting with her today she told me more about her health issues. She told me that her leg had been amputated three years ago because of circulation problems that were related to her diabetes. Her other leg is fine, at least for now the doctors say. She said, although it's not quite as strong as it was a few years ago she was still able to get around on it for almost three years using her crutches until her hand went sour on her a few months ago. She did OK after that except she needed to use a wheelchair most of the time, because of her hand. It would no longer support her weight while using crutches. She does not like using a wheelchair but has no choice since she lost her hand.
Her hand was quite another story I found out . At first the doctor thought it might be related to her diabetes until he did some tests. As it turned out she had a large cancerous tumor growing in her lower arm and wrist . This had rendered her hand pretty useless. The doctors decided after looking at their x-rays and scans that the tumor had cut off much of the circulation in her hand. This is why she needed to have her hand amputated. It had nothing to do with her diabetes. The good news is, as grim as it is. She lost her left hand about four inches above her wrist, but the doctors are sure they got all of the cancer . Gail is looking forward to getting a prosthethic hand in several months. She says I'm only 56 years old, and too young to just sit in a wheelchair all the time. She is not sure if she can use crutches with a prosthetic hand and lower arm but she says she will try. She already is doing most everything with her right hand that she used to do with her left hand. Gail was left handed so it was a challenge for her learning to do everthing with her right. She is doing pretty well considering what she has been through. I will keep in touch with her and try to keep everyone updated if there are any changes.
I talked to Gail on Thursday evening. She is doing quite well since having her left hand and part of her arm amputated June 6th. Her arm and hand were amputated about four inches above her wrist in order to make sure they got all the caner. The doctors did some follow up tests last week and they say they got all her cancer. The doctor fitted her with a temporary prosthetic hand last Monday when she was in to see them. It just has a hook on the end that doesn't even open or shut. It dosn't bend or turn at all either. She told me it was just to help her for a while until she could be fitted with something better after her arm heals a little more. The doctor told her it would help her get used to having a prosthetic hand and be of some use to her. She said it does help a bit in getting around. She can use it to grab onto things a little as well. She said she tried using it once to pull herself up from her wheelchair to use the bathroom and left it hanging on the grab bar. Apparently she put to much weight on it and pulled it right off. Gail needs to go back to the prosthetic lab and have molds made for her permenent hand and lower arm the first week in August. It will then take the lab two weeks and Gail should have her new arm and hand. Gail said that her permenent hand is still an older model with two hooks that spread apart to pick things up when she moves her arm somehow. It's a very reliable hand and forearm the doctor told her and one that should work well for her. Gail said just before hanging up was that she figured she'd always need to use her right hand for everything she did and she'd never be a lefty again, even with the new hand.