I’m popping in today with an update on my spider bite. I so appreciate all of your messages, comments and emails. It means so much to feel loved and cared about, especially by so many people that I’ve never had the fortune to meet in real life.
Last Wednesday I had a check up with the vascular surgeon at the wound care clinic. Overall it was a good report. They feel like I’ve made nice progress in healing and the open cavity has pretty much filled back in. It now looks like a nasty scrape as opposed to a gaping hole. (I know you love that photo in your mind’s eye….)
Nurse: “Red and bloody is beautiful”
Me: “I guess we all have different definitions of beautiful.”
Once I was all cleaned up, the vascular surgeon said I had some extra granulation tissue in the center of the wound. I momentarily panicked when she asked for the silver nitrate stick. She assured me that it wouldn’t hurt, but might give a burning sensation. It sure did – not painful but definitely noticeable. This should level out the wound as it continues to heal.
I also have a new dressing procedure, which I thought I’d share. Every third day we remove the bandage and clean thoroughly with saline spray and gauze. We then cut a square of something that resembles hard gauze and place a pea sized dollop of medicinal honey on it!!! (I am just in AWE of that!) We press that into the wound and then cover with a bandage.
I have learned so much from the wound care clinic and marvel at how knowledgeable they are, as well as at how much things have changed in wound care since I was a kid. Back then it was let it air out, go swim in the ocean and let some salt water get on it, cheer when we finally get a scab. Now they don’t ever want it exposed to air or water and know scabs are bad! I feel so fortunate to have this clinic here in Atlanta and grateful for the excellent care I’ve received. My family and many friends have asked for details on the products I’ve been sent home with. For your reading pleasure…
- Iodosorb was used prior to the cavity fully filling in, after gauze packing was done.
- Sure Prep is used to wipe on the skin before putting on a bandaid. It has been wonderful at protecting skin against constantly having an adhesive bandage on and off of it for almost 7 weeks. It works great with the bandages linked but we tried it with a waterproof bandaid and that still hurt to remove.
- The wound care clinic uses other bandages but they are extremely expensive and can only be ordered using insurance in a 30 day supply. They recommended these to me for a great alternative and I’ve loved them. They stay on, are waterproof enough to shower (still no swimming) and don’t tear my skin off (Sure Prep helps too.)
I have officially been released from the vascular surgeon and will follow up with the wound care clinic nurses at the end of the month. This time when I begged for a “best guess at how much longer” they were willing to say “maybe a month”. I can do that! I’m hoping perhaps my end of month visit will be my last. <3
Thank you, again, for coming on this crazy ride with me!
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