In November, 2012, I was getting cramps in my left calf that was inhibiting my ability to walk long distances. It was discovered that my left popliteal & iliac arteries were blocked. I spent 5 days in the hospital getting lytic therapy and undergoing angioplasty. A year later, it was discovered that my popliteal artery was blocked again, and was given the option of elective surgery to unblock it, via leg bypass surgery. Since I had very little symptoms, I didn't have it done right away. Then starting Christmas Day, 2013, my husband underwent 6 months of health issues, including having a spinal cord injury leaving him a quadriplegic. So I spent 6 months advocating and fighting for him, along with working full time, and maintaining things at home. To this point, I had little complications from the blockage, except for some claudiation pain in my left foot. In order for him to come home & continue to rehab, we moved to a handicap accessible apartment in late June. Then on Aug 8th, 2014, one of my co-workers left her work bag, a suitcase on wheels in the nursing station, and I tripped over it and broke my 5th metatarsal in my left foot. After the break, I started losing toe nails, and developed ulcers on 3 toes and my heel. The break was in an area that naturally doesn't get a lot of circulation, and with my already compromised circulation in my left leg, both my podiatrist & my vascular surgeon encouraged me to have the leg bypass to improve circulation so my fracture would heal. So I had a bypass in late September, and a month later, it was found to have failed. So I underwent a 2nd bypass, this time with a cadevear graft, and that failed too. After the 2nd bypass, I had several surgical wounds dehiss, had a puss pocket develop in my left leg, along with other infections and complications. The pus pocket was surgically removed, and a wound vac was installed. I came home from the hospital feeling so beat up, and a week and a half later, I went to the ER because I just wasn't feeling better, and it was discovered that I had a large blood clot in my heart, that was removed by angioplasty and stents. Unfortunately, when I was hospitalized for that while changing the wound vac the adhesive covering for the vac pulled skin off my left shin & I developed a pseunomisis (sp) infection. I was undergoing wound care, and the day after Valentines day, my left knee locked up & I went to the ER. The next day, I was to have started the hyperbariac chamber for wound healing, but I never made it. The ER doc didn't want to admit me, but I insisted he contact my Vascular Surgeon, who ordered that I be admitted. I stayed at the hospital and on Wednesday it was determined that the infection was so close to my shin bone that I was at risk for osteomyelitis and that the amp should occur. So on 2/19/15 I had a laka. I had spent 6 months of being sick, and in a lot of pain, especially at night, that I had been preparing myself for that moment. I spent 10 days in acute rehab, in order to function at home. For the first month, I had been having a great deal of phantom pain, but once I got my liner, the pain subsided to the point where I decided to go cold turkey on all of my amp related meds. A day or 2 later, I started going through withdrawl symptoms, which was related to going off gabapentin. It took about 2 weeks for the withdrawal symptoms to subside. I am almost 4 months out from the surgery, and am medically stable. I am undergoing PT and gait training, and looking forward to more independence.