Artists in Blogland sponsors a quote-related art challenge each month. They give you the quote and you come up with an image incorporating that quote. For the month of May, the quote is:
We are to explain how our image relates to the quote and in the case of my image, that explanation will definitely be necessary.
My husband is a brittle diabetic. He was introduced into the world of diabetes by going into a coma when he was fourteen years old. That was quite a few years ago...he'll soon be fifty-one! Anyway, one of the "gifts" of diabetes is lack of feeling in the feet. He cannot feel anything in his feet, even when there is a broken bone.
Last November 1, he entered the hospital in sepsis and with a necrotic toe. Since the toe was dead, the doctor had to amputate it. Diabetics take a very long time to heal, but this amputation site healed remarkably fast. However, the ulcer on the bottom of his other foot did not heal. It has come close to healing since then, but a setback always comes along. He was on a wound vac for several months which was working just fine until his special wedge shoe broke and he went back to wearing a regular boot. This was devastating for the ulcer and it opened back up.
A month or so ago, his podiatrist decided to put a skin graft on the ulcer to help encourage healing. Then, the company called KCI (that had been supplying the wound vac equipment) offered to donate an experimental type of skin graft called a graft jacket to a
The "material" for the graft jacket came from a donation from a
The happy guy in the image is David getting a new chance at foot health. His wedge shoe, his constant companion until he is healed and maybe beyond, is on the right foot in my drawing, though in reality it is on David's left foot.
The destruction, however it happened, of the life of the donor person led to the creation of a new chance of having a hole-less foot for David as the recipient. Time will tell how this goes for him, but so far, so good.