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Latvia: Riga & Jurmala

My trip to Riga, Latvia (RIX / EVRA) started on Monday August 12th from Helsinki Airport (HEL / EFHK). This was the first time I had booked a flight with airBaltic, and would say that the booking process was a smooth operation. I intentionally booked flights I knew were flown with aircraft models I’ve not yet been in (Q400 and A220/CS300). Since this was also the first trip with my wheelchair, I filled out the “Request Assistance form” on their site to let the airline know that I have...

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All of the Metatarsal Bones are Fractured

Some new details from my first Charcot Foot checkup has emerged a bit afterwards. Instead of having just one metatarsal bone fractured, actually all of the five metatarsal bones on the Charcot Foot are fractured and deformed. The fractures are located at the bases of all of the metatarsal bones, so quite a widespread damage. Keeps me even more motivated to comply with the non-weightbearing guidelines when moving around. And on the other hand now I understand why the doc wasn’t optimistic about getting off the wheelchair this year. While digesting this detailed...

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On the Bathroom Floor

Today I finally took a long shower while sitting on the bathroom floor for the first time, since I didn’t have the strength to keep myself up and conform to the non-weightbearing requirements simultaneously. Took a wooden sauna bench with me to the floor, just to use it to get down and up again so that the Charcot foot keeps clear of any pressure or bad positions. Maybe it’s time to consider an actual shower chair, since the situation is not going to be improving in at least half...

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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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