Leg ulcer update. Using medi-honey. (Images included)

Standard

I have written a post before about using medi-honey on my leg ulcer but I never really went into too much detail about the dressings. so first I would just like tell you some info about them. There are so many benefits from using medi-honey. These are the best ones and the reasons I decided to try honey again.

wp-image-1101093935

  • Antibacterial – Every wound has bacteria living on the surface of the skin and when this bacteria starts to take over that’s when you get an infection. These dressings keep the bacteria under control.
  • Debridgement – This is the term used for removal of dead skin. Due to the high sugar in the honey dressings, it breaks down the dead skin and make it easier to remove.
  • Anti-inflammatory – Open wounds have high Ph levels which cause inflammation. The dressings have a low Ph level, once applied over the top of the wound it works with your body to lower the Ph level and in turn reduce the inflammation.
  • Eliminates odour – Some wounds leak quite a lot and can give off an awful smell, The honey dressing reduce the amount of leaking and the smell.
  • Immune stimulating – All the other element working together, kick starts your bodies own natural anti-bodies to heal the wound.

My leg ulcer has responded really well to the medi-honey. I’ve been using it for just under 2 weeks now and nearly half of the slough ( Dead skin) has softened enough that I’ve manually been able to remove it.

This treatment is really not good for the faint hearted, it’s so painful, it feels like someone has a blow touch on my leg, at the same time a hundred bees are stinging me. It hurts like this because it’s my bodies reaction to the sugar and quick change of the Ph level. (It may not affect other peopel like this, I’ve not really spoke to anyone else that has used medi-honey) I’m really not good with pain, this will normally lasts couple of hours before it settles down but it is worth putting up with the pain because I know it’s doing a really good job.

The images below were taken 12 days apart and you can see a huge reduction in the amount of yellow dead skin that is on top of the wound. The top image was taken on July 27th and the bottom image was taken on August 8th. I have been changing the dressings every 2/3 days. I also wear a compression stocking over the top of these dressings, this helps the fluid in my leg return back up to my heart instead of pooling in my ankle.

wp-image-494305900

I know this is not a subject a lot of people are interested in and many people don’t want to see these pictures but it has taken a lot for me to open up to the world about what’s going on with my leg and it would be really great to hear back from the people who are reading this post. If you have any questions I am happy to answer them or if you have an opinion on anything involved with my leg, I would really like to hear from you.

You can leave me a comment below or contact me via my Facebook page @limpingmum

I also have an Instagram and twitter account.

xx

20 Minute Dash – My own version of the famous ‘Power hour’ 

Standard

Before I get into my 20 Minute dash, I want to explain a bit about the Power hour.

you-tube-897421_640

Image credit: Pixaby

A very lovely lady on Youtube called Kimberley has a channel called ‘Style mom XO’ ( I will link one of her power hour video here she came up with an idea where you write a list of cleaning chores you need to get done, you turn off all distractions and you set yourself a timer for an hour and try to get all the jobs done. It has taken off all over Youtube and nearly all of the channels I’ve watched have tried it at least once.

I absolutely love this idea and my kids love to join in as well but with my leg being bad, I can’t rush around like that for a whole hour so I came up with my own version of it. In my ’20 Minute Dash’ It’s not really cleaning it more just tidying up and putting things away.

It’s the same concept of writing a list and turning off all distractions but the challenge only last for 20 Minutes.

The Day I did this Dash was a Sunday and it was such a manic day, I really let the house work slip and it was a mess. I’ll start by telling you a bit about our day and then show you the picture of my house.

My day started off wrong from the very begining… I slept straight through my alarm and even the girls had a lay in and we didn’t wake up until 9.30am, I had to get through my morning tablet routine with the kids around (Which I hate doing) then do a few chores around the house ( which I didn’t even get half of them done) I had also promised the girls that we would go and see the horses that day. ( They LOVE horses and there are some fields and stables near us and the girls love going to see them. We have permission from the owners and they lets us go any time we want to.) So around 11am I made the girls lunch and then we went to see the horses, we spent way to long down at the stables and had to rush back as Kira had a party that evening.

 

wp-image-1001003909

Before pictures

So in these pictures you can see the mess from my half done chores, mess from lunch and mess from us rushing around wrapping presents and getting Kira ready for the party. Also we are still toilet training the pup so when we go out we are putting paper down for him and I hadn’t had time to pick it up.wp-image-1603725053.

Thankfully my toddler had gone to bed without any problems. So I wrote my list, set my timer and off I started.

As you can see by my list they are simple chores to get done, nothing to time-consuming like organise cupboards or scrubbing floors. This is because 20 minutes might sound like a fair bit of time but when your actually doing the dash, time seems to go so quickly.

 

wp-image-1713110535

After pictures

 

With both older children out and my youngest gone to bed it was quite nice to whip round and pick everything up without a child wanting something in between rooms. For the first time in a while I actually managed to complete my list. I started in one room, finished my jobs and moved on to the next until I had finished all three rooms.

It would be great if you could have a go at the 20 Minute Dash and let me know how you got on.

xx

 

Leg ulcer progress! (Images included)

Standard

Around two weeks ago my husband saw a video about an amazing product. It’s was an Aloe Vera emergency spray.

The man in the video had a wound on his foot, he sprayed the Aloe Vera on it every day, let it dry and then redressed the wound. The progress was amazing. After 16 days of using this spray the wound had healed!!

On a whim, my husband brought some from eBay. It cost £20 for a 500ml bottle. A week later it had arrived!

I had nothing to lose. I’ve tried pretty much all other dressings and treatments.

I get really nervous about trying new things on my leg. It makes me feel quite vulnerable because I just don’t know how it will affect me or if it will make my leg worse. I was quite sceptical about the whole thing to be honest. If this was the miracle spray it has been made out to be, why has no-one every mentioned it before!

Day 1. Take all the old dressings off, give it a really good clean. Spray a generous amount Aloe Vera emergency spray  onto the ulcer… Shit! It stung like hell and felt like it was burning! At this point I started panicking thinking ‘OMG! What have I done? I’m gonna make this worse than it already is.’

Within a minute the stinging and burning stopped and my whole leg started to relax. It was a strange feeling. I hadn’t realised the muscles in my leg were so tense, the sensation of my whole leg relaxing was very new to me but it was a positive feeling so I knew straight away the spray had at least one benefit.

I had to leave my ulcer open in the air for 10 minutes but keep spraying it if it dried out. After 10 minutes I redressed it with a simple dressing and put my compression stockings back on over the top.

Day 2. It had started to work in just one day. The ulcer had started to level itself out and was slowing coming back up to normal skin level. It had gone a yellow colour but that was my bodies reaction to the spray, it was getting rid of all the old skin to make way for fresh new skin.

Day 3. My ulcer was looking better and better each day. I felt like I could cry as I could actually see progress happening. Pain wise the stinging and burning were the same when I first sprayed it on but I was starting to get used to the pain as I knew it would be over in a minute.

Day 4. I actually couldn’t believe how much progress and improvement I was seeing. It was changing so much over the days and I seriously couldn’t believe it was down to something so simple as Aloe Vera emergency spray. Nearly all of the yellow (old) skin had gone and I could start to see fresh new skin underneath also around the edges of the ulcer there was fresh pale (BRAND NEW) skin forming so this meant the edges were coming in and the ulcer was starting to get smaller.

I am feeling really optimistic about this product now and I’m looking forward to see more progress as the days go along. I am really hoping that is the miracle I’ve been looking to find for so long. I have to admit that all my worrying at the start was for nothing and I’m glad that I took that leap of faith and tried it.

The picture below is the most recent picture. This is day 7. There is not as much improvement as the first four days but it’s still looking good. The red skin on the outer edge is the blood coming back to the surface of the skin. The skin around the edges are still improving and slowly the edges are creeping inwards. Nearly all of the yellow skin has gone, however I have done quite a lot of walking over the past 2 days and gravity is not my friend. Even though I’ve change the dressings every day the fluid that my leg produces for protection has gathered at the bottom of the dressing and the bottom corner of the ulcer got deeper again due being too wet.

I have ordered my next bottle of the emergency spray, I know it’s a bit expensive but if I keep getting as much progress as I have already I am willing to pay that price over and over.

xx