The Benefit of Bleeding

Aug 11, 2014 by

I don’t know much about diabetes, but I’m learning. It is the disease that my father most suffers from among the other ailments that know him by name. Over the past six months, my dad has had around seven or eight surgeries or procedures that have required long periods of hospitalizations. Each operation was intended to bring healing to the rotting flesh on his right, dead toe. Gangrene is, apparently, a common, unfortunate, and potentially deadly symptom of diabetes and its ability to restrict effective blood circulation. Last week, my father underwent yet another amputation. This time, half of his right foot was removed. In speaking with the surgeon following the amputation, he spoke very optimistically about what he hoped would be the…

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