Grandma Katherine has a poorly healing wound on her left foot. She also started developing fever and chills. She is a known diabetic and experiencing blood sugar spikes every now and then.
Physician: Good morning, Mrs. Katherine. How are you doing now?
Grandma Katherine: Good morning to you as well, doctor! I’m still feeling kind of stressed because of my hospital confinement.
Physician: Rest assured that our healthcare team will take care of your needs during your hospital stay.
Grandma Katherine: Thank you, doc.
Physician: You’re welcome. By the way, I have a few things to ask you regarding your condition.
Grandma Katherine: Go ahead.
Physician: Can you still remember as to when your foot ulcer started to develop?
Grandma Katherine: Hmm…I’m not exactly sure, but as far as my rusty memory can remember it started some 2 months ago. It only started as a small sore, now it’s already the size of my palm.
Physician: We need to perform a debridement to clean your wound and I need you to sign a consent.
Grandma Katherine: What’s the prognosis of my condition?
Physician: We will observe the healing of your wound after debridement. If there is extensive tissue damage and life-threatening infection, it may be a bitter pill to swallow but amputation is our last resort.
- Every now and then
- (Foot) Ulcer
- Bitter pill to swallow
|Spike||To suddenly increase
Her blood sugar suddenly spikes after eating dinner.
|Every now and then||From time to time
She visits her parents in Tennessee every now and then.
|Ulcer||A cut or break on the surface of the skin
He was bedridden for months and pressure ulcers already developed on his back.
|Rusty||Impaired skill or ability because of lack of practice or disuse
My piano skill has become rusty.
|Debridement (di-brid-ment)||Removal of dead tissues to clean a wound
Grandma Katherine will undergo debridement of her diabetic foot.
|Prognosis||The chance of recovery from a disease
The doctor said her condition has a good prognosis.
|Bitter pill to swallow||Unfavorable situation that a person must face and accept
Losing his dog was a bitter pill to swallow.
|Amputation||To cut or remove a body part, especially a limb, through surgery
The car accident led to the amputation of his leg.