the wonderful word of nolaradio (now in Technicolor)

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  1. nolaradio

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    There's not that much wound goo that comes out of it. I have been changing the canister only about once per week and it's only been about three quarters filled. But yes, it does that and it also increases blood flow into the wound area which helps to rebuild the tissue faster.

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    It actually makes perfect sense...
     
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    Wishing you all the best, looks like you got a really good open wound treatment team there.
     
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    Glad to see you are slowly but surely healing up, and no doubt the good attitude helps, too! :)
     
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    Random funny thing about the wound vac....it actually made sense to me and didn't surprise me at all. Not just because it makes sense.

    Several years ago, a relative was involved in a rodeo accident. She was roping a calf when apparently the rope wrapped around her thumb and ripped it off at the distal joint, pluse some more damage to her hand. The rest of the damage was just some stitches and therapy. The thumb, however, couldn't be saved (her sister put it on ice and brought it to the hospital, but it took too long).

    So they replaced it with the distal section of one of her big toes.

    After connecting what needed to be connected and attaching it, the hard part is to get blood flowing to the tissue again so that everything can grow together and heal.

    The solution....leeches.

    Literally, leeches. They suck blood through almost necrotic tissue and also prevent clotting in a much more natural and less invasive way than any modern procedure, which allows sensory and control nerves and tiny blood vessels to grow together and heal. She's fine now. Her hand looks a little weird (that thumb is really stumpy, and the webbing has a huge scar), but she has full function. And she can still walk and run just fine.

    I just assumed that they weren't doing that with this wound because it was so much bigger and would take so much longer to heal...and replacing leeches every few hours for a day is a lot less of a PITA than replacing them every few hours for a few months.
     
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  6. Ben Rubinstein

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    Wooow that's intense! Wishing you a fast and full recovery sir!
     
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  7. nolaradio

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    At the very beginning, the wound was only on the surface. The dead tissue was being treated with a debridement ointment named Santyl. It was responding very well, just took a while though. I guess since it wasn't all that bad, and was only on the surface, the leech option wasn't even discussed.
    Once I went to the ER with the infection, every one involved agreed that the surgery to get in there and dig out the necrotic tissue was the best course of action. The infectious disease doctor explained to me how this is what leads to what you hear in the media as "flesh-eating bacteria". Not good stuff.
    I'm not one that usually runs to the ER when I have health issues.I usually try to treat at home with medicine. I actually called one of those 24/7 nurse hotlines before I went to the ER. I was hoping that they could call in a prescription for an antibiotic and that would be it. Even after they told me to go to the ER, I was still thinking that all this wasn't too serious. I figured I would be given a couple of rounds of antibiotics through an IV, be given a sucker and sent home. I wish I would have went to the ER earlier in the day that Saturday so I would have possible been discharged a day sooner.
    Don't know if I said this before, but this was the first time I was ever admitted into a hospital and my first surgery. The anesthesia was amazing. Still blows my mind when I try to think about it. I remember lying in the operating room and the nurse telling me she was going to inject something into my IV. I don't remember what she said it was for or what it would do. I kind of remember a mask being put over my face but I'm not sure if I just imagined that. I woke up realizing that I was no longer in the same room. I remember being tired and aggravated by the moaning that the three other people were making and just closed my eyes again. The whole anesthesia thing is pretty trippy.
    I may post some pictures of the wound from the dressing change later this afternoon. Hoping to see continued improvement.
    Thank you all for the well wishes.
     
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    Anesthesia is freaking terrifying.

    It's weirder because some of it seems to have stopped working for me.

    I've had a few steroid epidurals for my back, which isn't particularly invasive but is fairly painful.

    The first one was like a light switch. I don't remember the name of the drug, but it prevents you from forming memories. Memories are apparently kind of important for consciousness. So, I was "awake" and talking to them through the procedure, but it felt like someone turned me off....I blinked and then I was in the recovery room. It's a terrifying experience to realize that some amount of time is just completely gone and there's nothing you can do about it. It did not feel at all like time passed, not even like it does when you wake up from sleeping.

    The second one, I remember it, but I also remember not caring. And it's kind of fuzzy, like a night of heavy drinking...bits and pieces are clear, and I'm aware that time passed.

    The third one, the drug might as well have been saline. I remember EVERYTHING.


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  9. nolaradio

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    That was the only thing I was worried about... waking up in the middle of the procedure and feeling everything but not being able to speak or move.
     
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    Well here's a picture of the wound from yesterday. If I remember correctly, the deepest part is .9 cm deep. The purple stuff is some kind of skin protection since the drape material is irritating the good skin outside of the wound a little bit. I don't really care too much about that, I'm just glad they figured out how to apply the drape to make a good seal so that it's not making noises every two minutes. It gurgles about every 20 minutes or so. Not too bad I guess since it doesn't wake me up at night.

    [​IMG][​IMG]

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    Damn, that looks way better!!! keep it up.
     
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    I was able to speak and move too. But, that particular kind of anesthetic is used when the patient needs to respond.

    They do the same kind of thing for a lot of dental and some brain surgeries for that reason.

    They didn't believe me when I told them I was conscious and forming memories during the procedure. Idk. Maybe that's common, but I actually did.


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    Wanted to go out for a ride of one of the bikes this morning but that's gonna have to wait until the leg is all healed. Settled for a one mile walk instead. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    Here's a picture from yesterday. You can't tell the good from the picture but it's about half a centimeter deep now. Wound specialist is hoping I'm done with the wound vac in about 2 weeks. I'll probably have to keep it bandaged until it's totally healed after that. But I'll be glad to get rid of the wound vac.[​IMG]

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    Its good to see the progress from post to post...
     
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    That looks fantastic compared to where you started. Glad to see the improvement.

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    Glad you're getting there!
     
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  18. nolaradio

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    Picture from yesterday. Still hoping to be done with the wound vac by the end of the month.



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