Bonnie commented on the dark days of Alaska in the fall and winter while she was trying to heal her Charcot Foot. Later she talks of not remembering some things and how depressed she was. She really enjoyed the sun. Both of us having grown up in Nebraska, I could understand her feelings. In looking back on my recovery from Charcot Foot surgery, we chose to have the surgery during the summer as I felt that was better for me. Bonnie, as well as, many others have no choice. Many of our friends felt we would be better off having the surgery during the fall. With recovery during fall and winter because you can’t do a lot because of the weather. I wasn’t thinking about depression, but the fact that the weather would be warmer. We could leave doors to my studio open if I wanted. I didn’t have to think about Max driving to doctors appointments on icy roads, or my being pushed in a wheel chair either. I just knew I would be happier being able to look outside and be able to go out doors if I wanted.

Mid February of 2011, I discovered an article on depression in the Star-Herald from Scottsbluff, NE written by Nicole Vidlak, a licensed clinical psychologist and contributing writer. Her focus was primarily on heart disease. She referenced Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. She listed nine physical effects which I have blocked out here for you to read.
Depression notes

It was mentioned that individuals who are depressed may have difficulty taking some medications they need for their treatment. It seems Chronically-elevated levels of stress hormones common in depression can have negative effects. One who seeks mental health treatment for depression can make a positive impact on their over all health.

Upon further research we discovered a power point presentation by Terrence Sheehan, MD Chief Medical officer and Director of Amputee Rehabilitation Program at Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital in Rockville, Maryland. Though his topic was Physical Issues Following Limb Loss: Adapting in the Context of a Natural Disaster. It had some statistics and information very relevant to anyone and especially someone with diabetes.

These are really eye opening. Depressing? Statisticsurgent care and end up having my foot amputated.

At one of my podiatrist appointment, he commented he hadn’t had any new Charcot
patients and was kinda surprised. His nurse, however, may have hit on the answer. She said most go to emergency, or urgent care because of a broken bone or a veryserious condition only ending up having the limb amputated because they went for help too late. If they had gone to a podiatrist when they first had foot problems and had been diagnosed correctly, they, probably, could have avoided amputation.

Annita Shaw, Founder

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