The First Checkup of my Charcot Foot

About a month ago I was diagnosed with Charcot Foot (the right one), the condition which causes bones to fracture inside one’s foot, thus leading to foot malformation. Last week the foot was x-rayed, and today I had an appointment with the doctor to hear the results. Actually I aso saw the results, and it wasn’t pretty. The Charcot process is highly active and ongoing, so no healing or ossifying yet. Blood circulation in the foot is overly active because of the inflammation caused by the Charcot process. There...

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My First Week+ with a Wheelchair

After getting the Charcot Foot diagnosis, I went and got myself a wheelchair, so now I have crutches & the wheelchair. The first few days were kind of getting mentally used to the idea of having to use it continuously for an unknown period of time. A period which is most likely going to be from several months to a year or so. While doing the brainwork, I did a couple of rounds with the chair outside, at the backyard and around the house, testing how consuming it is for...

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Word of the Day: Non-Weight-Bearing

So last Tuesday I got diagnosed with Charcot foot, after a few weeks of (new) problems with the right foot — swelling, colorizing (red), an enormously loud BANG while walking and a tilted & aching foot after that. Lots of Charcot patients are diabetics since it usually is preceded by neuropathy, which also is a diagnosis saturated by diabetics. “I also have osteopenia, the precursor to osteoporosis.” Neuropathy again is a non-curable state where the patient’s sensation is decreased, resulting in difficulty detecting touch, temperature or pain — usually in the legs. My diabetes is the autoimmune one (Type 1...

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UK: White Cliffs of Dover

I’ve been in London a few times in my life, and decided to make this trip a little bit different and get myself to Dover, Kent. You probably already guess what I was going to go and see there. Well, the trip started once again from Helsinki Airport (HEL / EFHK). This was still the time I wasn’t on a wheelchair, but had indeed already problems with my legs (they’ve been ongoing for the last 2 years or so). From HEL I flew to Heathrow (LHR / EGLL), and...

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Iceland: Reykjavik & Golden Circle

I was supposed to go to Prague, Czech Republic last week, but was forced to cancel the trip on the morning I should’ve left because of leg problems. This was kind of infuriating, because that trip was something I had waited for a while, and I rarely have been forced to cancel my solo trips. So of course I had to get a new trip to replace the cancelled one, and in the lottery inside my head the winner was Reykjavik, Iceland. It had been a dream of mine...

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