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Slow wound healing woes

Discussion in 'Diabetes Complications' started by ricke17, Jan 20, 2018.

  1. ricke17

    ricke17 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Yeh. I’ll grab a razor and get the nurse to do it on Monday.
     
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    donnellysdogs Type 1 · Master

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    Are you seeing a tissue viability nurse?
     
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    ricke17 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Nope. I was gonna ask for a referral when I see the practice nurse on Monday.
     
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    donnellysdogs Type 1 · Master

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    It maybe time that you ask to see a tissue viability nurse, they have different options to offer than GP services...

    I only know of the different options wonen have if their mastectomy wounds dont heal.. some have ended up with 10x5cm open, infected poisonous wounds...
    I wont quite these options but it seems that you have the same similar type of wound problems.
    They have to ask to see tissue viability nurses and then treatment does work..

    I assume you've had the higest strength antibiotics?
     
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  5. ricke17

    ricke17 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Annoyingly I’m allergic to penicillin but am on the same ones they’ve been prescribing historically which, IMHO, doesn’t seem to do anything. They also swabbed it too. The last swab came back with a Staphylococcus infection and presumably it’s the same. It’s just super frustrating and getting me down. I will be asking for a referral to the TVN thanks for the advice.
     
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  6. DCUKMod

    DCUKMod I reversed my Type 2 · Master
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    About 18 months ago I had surgery to deal with breast fibromatosis. The condition was benign, but it still led to a fairly brutal op. Following that I developed a significant haematoma which decided to drain all by itself. Imagine something like a scene from CSI as I stood in the shower with blood cascading down my body. OK. Don't!

    Bottom line is that was managed to heal from the depth of the wound, to the surface. I didn't have to have my wound packed, as it was filled with congealed blood, which used to free itself up in egg-sized clots. Nice. OK. Not nice, and probably TMI.

    Anyway, such an open wound inevitably became mildly infected, despite very careful management and an HbA1c of 31, so I had a couple of courses of antibiotics along the way. I am actually what my surgery calls a super healer, in that I heal very quickly, irrespective of my diabetes diagnosis.

    The bottom line is that once the wound really got healing, one of my delightful tasks was keeping it open, to ensure there was no potential for a sealed pocket forming. Under no circumstances was I allowed to let the edges join together, so in the shower every morning, I had to check it was open, and if (after several weeks) it wasn't, I had to part the skin. Ooooh. That was a joyous 2-3 months.

    So, maybe your challenge is as much about keeping your wound open until it is just no more, as I had to. It doesn't create a fine, thin scar, but it's not on view! Clearly, that's much easier when the dratted wound is on the front, as opposed to on the back. My poor old OH used to have to help me with my dressings in the early days, because of the wound site, significant swelling, and that it was still draining. The poor soul would be trying hard to do it, without looking.

    At it's height I was seeing the ANP every couple of days, but as things subsided the visits became less frequent, although I would have been seen any day I felt I had an issue.

    It's not a pleasant healing process. I don't envy you going back around the loop again. In your shoes, I want someone pretty specialised to be involved, because you don't need more and more scar tissue building up.

    Really good luck with it all.
     
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  7. ricke17

    ricke17 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    That does sound like a pretty awful journey you’ve been through. I’ll see what’s what on Monday and insist on a referral to a tissue viability nurse as (presumably) they’ll be more up to date with evidenced based practice than the practice nurses. Thanks for sharing your story though. My wound is in a super awkward place, I can just about manage to pop a fresh dressing on it and living alone doesn’t help. But I got my mate swinging by tomorrow so I’ll get her to give it a short back and sides and see how it is.
     
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  8. DCUKMod

    DCUKMod I reversed my Type 2 · Master
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    It wasn't great at the time, but people cope with so much worse, and thankfully it's history now.

    I did say "Thanks but no thanks" to the offer of a bit of reconstruction. I didn't fancy any more messing around if it was avoidable. In the end, I wouldn't have had enough body fat for the procedure anyway, without spending some time trying to gain weight.

    There are much worse things in this life than a bit of lopsidedness. :)
     
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  9. NewTD2

    NewTD2 Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    Immediately after I was diagnosed last year
    Sept 2017 I went out for jogging almost everyday without realising I sustained a cut on my right ankle.

    The cut was quite deep as I might have hit a curve.

    Anyway it took about 5 weeks for the cut to heal only when my A1c dropped considerably.
     
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    lucylocket61 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I had a bad time last year with a wound/infection in a delicate place. It took weeks to heal. My nurse stressed that i was to leave the dressing in place between visits to her and to flannel wash, avoiding the area. She said the dressing was sterile and if I had moved it, the area would be subject to bacteria and it would delay healing.

    It took 4 lots of antibiotics, a couple of months, and yes, lots of pus, but it did eventually heal. Not showering every day was hard, but it had to be avoided to keep the area sterile and dry.

    All the best.
     
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    ricke17 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    It’s just super difficult not to shower but will try hard not to. Glad you’re wound finally cleared up.
     
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    Hi Rick.
    Like you I have had surgery, in my case to drain a scrotal abscess. That was at end of last August. Had to have catheter fitted due to damage of the water pipe caused by the abscess. Wound seemed to take forever to heal and like yours had to heal inside out. Got an appointment to go back in November for camera check under general anaesthesia where it was discovered that another one had started to form resulting in original wound having to be extended. Wound still not healing properly and still in very severe pain. Have been told by consultant that it is very likely going to take a long time to heal. Hope everything turns out good for you. Regards.
    Colin.
     
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    ricke17 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Colin,

    Ouchie. I do hope they’re swabbing any muck and giving you any antibiotics you may need. Mine has healed up but seems to have tracked to the left as pus is coming out of the hair follicles. Ultrasound for me on Wednesday and looks like I’ll have to have that drained under anaesthetic. Chin up mr.
     
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