Lüttingen. Lüttingerin Maria G., aged 66, is a married woman who loves to have fun, has a large family and many grandchildren. Their life has completely changed because of circulatory disorders of the foot overnight.
Lüttingen. G. remembers: "It started with black dots on the foot that broke and survived." She comes to the hospital. One finds there: the circulation in the leg is disturbed, it could even act of a diabetic foot.
The diagnosis was a shock
"The diagnosis was a shock," recalls the pensioner. The resulting wounds could not be closed with antibiotics, ointments or the like. First, it was necessary to remove a toe, but the foot was already full of pus. "You can not imagine that, what is the pain, even the most powerful analgesics were no longer available." No wonder Maria G. almost did not want to live at that time. After weeks of suffering and a transfer to another hospital, the situation was no different: the doctors suggested amputating the forefoot to get the back of the foot and leg. "It was a life-sustaining measure because inflammation would be more advanced," says Maria G.
Since then, little time has passed, beautifully sums up the pensioner in her story.
"At that time, I really thought: take off the foot, the pain stops!" Fortunately, only the anterior part had to be amputated, the heel was preserved. "Since the amputation, everything was better from one day to the next." The pain became more bearable and then completely disappeared.
Of course, Maria G. had not imagined her future life like that. Because from that moment, she relies on the help of people who surround her. She explains, "Older people have already noticed that they depend on a nursing service, but that should be the case with me so fast that I never thought!"
But it could not be otherwise: after her release, she had to seek the help of a nursing service. The choice is focused on Timm's nursing service from Xanten, Lüttinger Straße 27. "We have only heard good things about it and we should be right." The staff has since taken care of the wounds. Although G. still remains every few weeks for follow-up care at the hospital, but after his release, the nursing service was immediately on the spot. Initially, the stump had to be cleaned and connected every day, which is done every 2 days.
It is difficult to adapt to dependence on others. "I could not do anything myself," admits G. bravely. In the house, she moves in a wheelchair – only after her husband has rebuilt everything, mounted handles, even on the toilet.
"It was a big change," admits G. Because it was over, to feed himself. For the moment, no water can reach the stump and wound, i. Showering was no longer possible without help. "It's only when you can not do something alone that you realize how valuable it really is," she says.
But at the nursing service, the patient quickly got used to it. Because without him, she could not live at home. It was unusual to undress in front of a stranger and then ask for help with body care. But in the meantime, Maria G. does not do anymore.
"We have such a nice nursing staff here," she enthuses. "I really liked him." In the meantime, the caregiver and the patient also exchange information on private matters, as it is important for the nursing service to treat patients as emotions and not just as appointments.
However, Maria G knows it: the nurse does not have much time. "I can not invite her to a coffee shop, it's clear because she has to move on to the next patient, but there's always a sweet word in the conversation, a little discussion, that elevates." The patient is aware that the same employee can not always come. "They have their mission plan and usually, someone else comes over the weekend." But it is like that that she has arranged.
First, Maria G. thanks the nursing services. Because their work is certainly not easy. In G. alone, the nurse should dress completely sterile with body protection, gloves and mouthguards. Not to protect you, but to prevent other pathogens from entering the open wound.
Even daily life has been completely changed by nursing visits. Between 11 and 12 o'clock, the nurse presents to the wounds. "Of course, I have to be there, dressed and having breakfast." As a result, the day is not so autonomous.
But there is also a glimmer of hope: thanks to the preservation of the heel, Maria G. can now get up and move around the house with a wheelchair. "Of course I'm always very careful," she admits. But the will to live, the senior has not lost. "It goes on and on." If now the prosthesis is adjusted correctly, it will work even with a lot of workout soon with the race.
His family gives him strength and support
Although the car driven alone with a rocking car is no longer possible, Maria G. has her dear man who likes to drive. In any case, all the difficulties so incredibly well received. In good times as in bad times.
Also on the very good relationship with the two girls and the five grandchildren, Maria G. It also gives her a goal. Be able to walk again despite this stroke of fate.
Something positive: in a few weeks, when the wound is closed, Maria G. will no longer need the help of the nursing service. "So I think it's a shame if my favorite caregiver does not come over." But it also means: everything has healed, it can go up. Maria G.'s desire to live is certainly uninterrupted! Admirable!