The Web MD definition of Osteomyelitis is as follows:

“Osteomyelitis is an infection of the bone, a rare but serious condition. Bones can become infected in a number of ways: Infection in one part of the body may spread through the bloodstream into the bone, or an open fracture or surgery may expose the bone to infection.” – Web MD
Four years ago, in 2013, I was at my Mental Health Team for a regular visit with my psychiatrist and then case manager at the time. As the session was emotionally draining for me, I left the session rather upset and in tears and unfortunately was not paying attention to my whereabouts. As there is a staircase down to the lower platform, I was headed in that direction but had poor footing and lost my balance and fell down the entire rough concrete staircase of approximately twelve steps.I at the time thought I was lucky to just have sliced my left shin (lower left leg) open, but three years later did not realize I would be fighting for the existence of my lower left leg, as all these years later, those constant chronic infections of the wound on my lower left shin, and the wound never healing were linked to Osteomyelitis or a severe bone infection in my leg.I must also admit due to one of my mental illnesses, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD, one of my compulsion is to pick my skin and at times eat the scabs, I know that is hard to hear, but it is the honest truth. However, regardless of the fact that I have had this condition since the age of two with no problems to any wound it made no sense that this wound on my shin was not healing. However, once I was referred to the specialists at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH), all of them said to me that my skin picking could not have caused this infection.

As I was referred back to the Infectious Disease Team at VGH, the doctor I was assigned to, Dr. J. Hajek wanted to get me started on an antibiotic 24/7 treatment for the next 6 weeks. I would need to get a PICC Line inserted and connected up to a CADD Pump to receive my daily antibiotics.

I am officially in week two of my treatment and as my case if severe there is not much hope, but they wanted to give my leg a shot. If this antibiotic treatment does not work then amputation of my lower left leg will be required. Something nobody wants, but all I can do is pray to God.

  • Katiejane

Author: Katiejane

I am 28 years old, from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I was adopted at the age of two due to being born premature with a brain condition unknown as Hydrocephalus. Today, I continue to battle both physical and mental health issues, but in my spare time I blog about my journey in life for others to read. All you can do is take life one day at a time. Nothing more, nothing less.

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