I Can Hardly Believe This!

I posted a story about this survivor back in October. This is… amazing. And, things have come a long way since 1998, when I was hit with necrotizing fasciitis. What we have here is another example of the way wartime medical advances pay huge dividends to victims of traumatic injuries or disease in peacetime. I recall speaking with one of my surgeons about skin grafts and what I considered to be a minor-medical miracle, Xeroform. He told me, “you are benefiting from procedures developed at a hospital in Texas, during the Vietnam war, that had an unlimited supply of burn victims coming in.” That’s a paraphrase, but it had a huge impact on me and I was reminded that many people came before me and didn’t make it — I was indebted to them. Will Lautzenheiser will have a daily reminder of the same lesson:

Last month quadruple amputee Will Lautzenheiser received the gift of a lifetime: two new arms. An anonymous donation had been made to Brigham and Womens Hospital in Boston, and three years after losing his limbs to deadly bacterial infection, the former professor of film production and screenwriting underwent a double arm transplant.

via Quadruple amputee undergoes arm transplants, thanks hospital and donor’s family – The Washington Post.

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Wound Care Update

Back on September 8, I posted a piece on wound care:WoundCare

One persistent and annoying condition with my reconstructed leg is the occasional skin ulcer, which will sometimes result from a nick or breakdown in my grafted skin. Over the years, I’ve become an amateur wound care specialist, employing what I learned in the hospital and from reliable resources on the web… I will probably use pressure with zinc impregnated gauze, as well as open air now and again.

I’m happy to report that the skin has finally begun to make its move toward the center and each time I remove my bandage, there are patches of skin trying to form in the middle. So, it appears that we’re in the home stretch – I anticipate the wound to be completely healed by 2015.

If you have grafted skin as a result of necrotizing fasciitis, a burn or other reconstructive surgery, here are a few helpful links to help you heal.

Compression Stockings and How to Use Them

Lower Extremity Leg and Foot Ulcers

Leg Ulcers and How To Treat Them

 

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Are You A Wound Care Specialist?

Skin Ulcer on Achilles Tendon
Skin Ulcer on Achilles Tendon

One persistent and annoying condition with my reconstructed leg is the occasional skin ulcer, which will sometimes result from a nick or breakdown in my grafted skin. Over the years, I’ve become an amateur wound care specialist, employing what I learned in the hospital and from reliable resources on the web.

Right now, I have one the size of a quarter on my Achillies tendon and, if this one is like the others I’ve had before, it will take about 6 months to completely close up. So, I will probably use pressure with zinc impregnated gauze, as well as open air now and again. If you have grafted skin as a result of necrotizing fasciitis, a burn or other reconstructive surgery, here are a few helpful links to help you heal.

Compression Stockings and How to Use Them

Lower Extremity Leg and Foot Ulcers

Leg Ulcers and How To Treat Them

 

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