701 Days In

Today, April 27th, 2024, marks 701 days since my hospital admission for what was anticipated to be a brief treatment involving IV drugs and the insertion of a PICC line. Unexpectedly, the situation escalated dramatically in less than a day. Here’s a brief recount of the rapid changes:

  • On the morning of May 27th, 2024 (Friday), I consulted with my GP.
  • By the evening of May 27th, 2024, I was admitted to CCLHD in a ward, and IV drugs were administered through a cannula in my arm (the usual spot for blood draws due to difficult veins).
  • The next morning, May 28th, 2024 (Saturday), I underwent surgery for the amputation of my left little toe. Although surprised, I wasn’t overly concerned as it was just the little toe, and a year prior, my right little toe had been amputated.
  • Following this, a bone scan and other tests were conducted over several days while IV drugs were continued, negating the need for a PICC line at that point.
  • On the morning of May 31st, 2024 (Tuesday), I returned to surgery for the amputation of the adjacent toe. That afternoon, I was informed that a Below Knee Amputation (BKA) was necessary as there were no other options to save my leg, which explained the prior two toe amputations.
  • On June 6th, 2024 (Monday), my nurse arrived just after 6 am to prepare my leg for surgery, stating they would collect me shortly. I was not aware of the surgery scheduled for that day; I had believed it to be two weeks away, as per the initial discussion. This was merely six days after the hospital admission, resulting in three amputation surgeries within this short period of time

Today marks 701 days since the onset of my hospital and surgical journey. For 18 weeks and 6 days, I was confined to a single room at CCLHD, undergoing surgeries and coming to terms with becoming an amputee—a more severe physical disability than I had ever experienced before.

It’s hard to believe it’s been 701 days. Time truly does fly. It’s just over 100 weeks since the beginning of this challenging period.

More coming soon …


About The Author

Zac is from the Central Coast of New South Wales in Australia. Zac runs his own online Web Design & Management business. In his spare time, he likes playing computer games, such as Need for Speed Most Wanted, Flight Simulator X, The Sims 4 and various others. Zac also enjoys spending time walking along the shoreline at the beach. Zac has a lot of health, both physical and mental which he is currently working on after a long history of abuse, hardship and decades being homeless. Zac continues to get by day by day and is moving forward with his life and is no longer letting anyone hold him back.