I should also tell ya'll about WHY the PoD is so important. Last quarter of last year (2014), I had gotten sick, with a series of illnesses. I had thought they were just minor things, but had forgotten that my immune system was exceptionally potent. (I had one time, a prostate infection, and had a white cell count of over 23,000--don't ask me, but everyone at the clinic was impressed. And I was still very functional.) It appears we inherit the immunity factors from both our parents, and my parents have vastly different genetic heritage's.
Anyways, I was on the road to recovery, but had gotten both my feet sliced up. I, of course dressed both feet. Unknown to me, my immune system had been overtaxed, by the previously mentioned bouts of multiple illnesses. The dressing on my right foot had come off, on Nov 3, without me noticing it. I promptly redressed it. By Nov 5, I noticed, as I cleaned and redressed both wounds, that the right foot seemed a little red, but didn't really seem bad, but I was concerned of a possible infection, so I made arrangement to go to the local VA clinic, the next day.
So I walked into the clinic, on the morning of Nov 6. I made an appt. with my primary care Doctor, and sat down. He's busy, so I had a wait, but it wasn't going to be long. So I sat. By the time, my appoint came up, I was no longer able to walk. During the time I was waiting, unnoticed, my toes had started to die. The were dying so fast, I hadn't even felt them die, but, oh yeah, they were starting to look melted.
I was still coherent, and through discussions with the Doctors, we had already determined I was going to have to have some amputation. I was wheeled out on a gurney, to the Ambulance, and was on my way to Temple. *sigh* Why Temple VA Hospital, because the VA is quite frankly, better at handling an amputation.
With an MRI, they determined I already had necrotic bubbles, above the ankle. They recommended, an above the knee amputation, just to be on the safe side. I agreed.-Not happy, but seeing how fast the damn thing spread, I knew I only had a limited time to "contain" the infection.
The next thing I knew, I no longer had Right Leg.
Folks, I want to tell Everyone I can, as to how well the VA treated me. I realize there some people that have different experiences, and while we all had problems, with waiting, the people on the medical side were outstanding.
One thing I hadn't realized was that the really powerful antibiotics have a limited potency time period. Most of the ones I had, were to make sure I wasn't getting "colonized" by the nasty things that ate my foot. They even checked my heart, just to be sure.
But back to the antibiotics, I was getting via IV, but they told me that the line up was on, originally, was a more general, but the stuff, I was on later, was specifically, to kill the the cause. But after the pharmacist put it together, they had to be used, within the month.
And that's what the PoD(pharmacy on demand) is for. Get the right medicines, to the soldiers, when they needed them.
Not to mention what they did to get me back on my foot. They had a bioengineered skin graft that took a 11cm hole on my left foot and in just a week, made it less that 5cm. etc.