Friday, April 20, 2018

Update on Friday, April 20, 2018


[Cartoon of surgery on big toe]

“As the toes were partly iron and partly clay, so this
kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle.”
—Daniel 2:42

Thank you for your prayers and kind thoughts. I am happy to report that the surgery today to straighten a hammertoe on my left foot went better than expected. My Podiatric Surgeon, Dr. Jay C. Moritz, seemed very pleased at how well the surgery progressed.

We had to arise at 3:00 a.m. in order to arrive at UPMC Hamot Hospital and Medical Center by 5:15 a.m. After the registration procedure, we went up to the second floor surgery area and were soon taken back to prepare for the surgery.

Dr. Moritz had telephoned me on Thursday to say that the X-ray seemed to indicate that both joints of the big toe were significantly distorted. This would make the surgery more complicated.

Surgery began shortly after 7:15 a.m. and finished in about an hour. Dr. Moritz reported that the surgery proved much simpler than he had thought. Once he cut the tendon, the big toe straightened right out. So, the joints were not distorted as the X-rays had seemed to indicate.

I am now back in my old friend the surgical boot for the next six to eight weeks as the bones of the big toe fuse in their new straightened position. I hope to have another fitting of the temporary prosthesis for my right leg in the days ahead.

Again, thank you for your continued prayers.



Copyright © 2018 by Dean K. Wilson. All Rights Reserved.


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Update on Thursday, April 12, 2018


[Photo of Dean at the first fitting of the temporary prosthesis]

“His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse,
nor his delight in the legs of the warrior;”
—Psalm 147:10

As you can see from the above photo, today I had the first fitting of the temporary prosthesis. My most excellent Prosthetist, Joseph H. Carter, Jr., is shown observing my stance prior to making some adjustments to the temporary prosthesis. Joe has significantly aided me through this process.

Next steps: on Friday, April 20, 2018, I will have same-day-surgery at UPMC Hamot Medical Center to straighten, correct, and fuse the joints in the big toe of my left foot. Following this surgery, after some time for healing, I will have the second fitting of the temporary prosthesis and resume physical therapy in order to learn how to walk again.

I continue to remain very thankful for your prayers, as God guides me through this process of recovery.



Copyright © 2018 by Dean K. Wilson. All Rights Reserved.