Heard from my Wound Clinic doctor on Monday who had talked with my foot surgeon. The MRI seems to be showing a slight expansion of the diseased heel bone area. From my vantage point, I don't think we know what this means.
The first MRI this year was done in the hospital -- we had only just started the IV antibiotics. I don't know how long it takes for that to get into the bone and make a difference. After all, the IV antibiotics were run for 6 weeks. And we won't see a reduction in an MRI, if we have one, for 6-12 months after the IV antibiotics.
So... while unfortunately amputation is still on the table, it may be that we won't really know until another MRI maybe in December.*** I have appointments with Infectious Diseases and my foot surgeon next week. It's cutting it close, but I still plan on teaching in the Fall.
And frankly, if I do need surgery and rehab, I'd rather skip Winter over Spring semester, especially since since the El Nino may be petering out in the Pacific and the Arctic air mass is still over Canada, which could mean another polar vortex winter for Michigan this year.
Not upset yet about this. It has always been a slow motion crap game about whether I get to keep this foot. Plus you have to have humor. Someone Mrs. Dr. Phil knows asked if it was my left or right foot that's bad. Left. Oh that's too bad -- I have two spare right feet. Or words to that affect. (grin)
We'll update Real Soon Now.
*** To be perfectly realistic, we were going to have to do a repeat MRI at 4-6 months anyway, even if the initial report of no new growth had held up. So maybe the better statement is that the odds of amputation in the next six months are a bit higher than they were.