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

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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.

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  • 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.

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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.

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xx

Leg ulcer update – Images included

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I’m feeling the pain of being an injured parent. 

Last Friday I went to my daughters school summer fayre with my mum. It was great. They had face painting, tattoos, bouncy castle, treasure hunt, tombola, cake sale and lots of transitional fayre games. Half way round I was starting to feel the strain on my leg and was so grateful that my mum was there to help me with the children and all the things they wanted to do.

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I knew I would be in pain by going but I really didn’t want my children to miss out.

The next day I was in an unbelievable amount of pain. I had done so much walking the ulcer had started weeping and now had got stuck to the dressings and as walked it was pulling at the surrounding skin. My tendons were completely shot, every step I was taking I had shooting pain going straight up my leg. All the muscles in my good leg were aching because I was limping so much and using that leg for support.

Normally my leg does not cause me this much pain, I have been to the childrens school event before and not had this much pain. I changed the dressing that night and instantly I knew something was not right . It was really weepy and hurt more than normal. As it was Friday I had to wait two days to get a doctor’s appointment. It felt like the longest weekend ever.

Monday came around, I went to the doctors and it was confirmed I did indeed have an infection.wp-image-95502347

When I get an infection it affects my whole body, the pain reaches level where the morphine doesn’t touch it, it makes me feel like I have been hit with the flu and ache all over.

I was given a 14 day course of antibiotics and I was really hoping they start working quickly. I hate feeling like I cant be a proper mum and because the hubby had to step up and take on all the parenting, our house ends up being a complete mess.

It’s now Wednesday and the antibiotics are starting to kick in, I don’t feel as achy and miserable today, im hoping they carry on doing their job because I really want to start getting back to normal.

At the moment it seems to be one step forward and two steps back. This is the picture I took this morning, It has stopped leaking so much and it’s not all over yellow now. The dressings you can see are two iodine patches( The orange squares) and a DryMax padding. These seem to be helping and they are not sticking to my leg either. wp-image-850800991

I’m hopeful that I will regain them two steps and maybe move forward another one but who knows what will happen, I can never predict how it will look or how I will be feeling when I wake up. some days are good and some are bad, I just take everyday as it come now.