I want to give you some examples of how bad wound care can be.
In a previous article I mentioned my husband got bitten badly by a dog. I took him to a private hospital. Not only did they use dirty tap water to wash the wound but a nurse put on a dry bandage, no padding, no gauze and over tightened the bandage (over tight bandage is the worst because it restricts circulation). I corrected all of that as soon as we got home.
What I could not correct is that they gave him two rabies vaccines, one live, one dead. What this meant was that he had no immunity to rabies and had mildly compromised his immune system for other possible viruses.
This meant that for two years, if he did receive a bit from an infected animal, there was nothing that could be done. Fortunately, after a biopsy, the dog was cleared and my husband was safe, but still compromised.
Many years ago, my father was doing a triathlon. Just to clarify before he reads that and gets upset, he still runs half marathons in Australia where he and my mother reside and in very good times. Back to my story, he fell and hit his shin on a rock. He finished the race, but with his shin bone showing. It had cut a large ^ shape with his shin bone as the point.
He went to the medical tent, got it washed and bandaged. Then when he got home he went to his local doctor and had it stitched back together.
I was so angry the next time I saw him as he was on crutches, in terrible pain, his leg was horribly swollen and more so because the doctors were not doing anything helpful. The swelling was so bad, he was close to loosing his leg.
The stitching had closed the wound and been removed, but the skin was going black and dying. The doctor was giving him a cream to eat away at the dead tissue so everything was ok. Pressing into his ankle was like memory foam, the capillaries were no longer working and the pain almost reduced my dad to tears.
I can’t express my anger even talking about the situation. My father was about to loose his leg, a man who has always been an athlete, all because the people that were entrusted with his recovery either did not care or knew no better. I would like to think that their training should have covered such recovery, but that is worse, because that means they did not care.
I took over my fathers recovery and discarded any creams, etc that the medical professionals had prescribed.
As much pain as it caused, he needed intense physiotherapy on his leg. The fluids had to be moved out of the limb forcefully to encourage circulation to start up again. The lymphs had been compromised and needed relief. My father came through three times a week for massage therapy which was very painful and the wound was bandaged in raw honey.
It took some time to reverse the damage that had been caused, but he made a full recovery. There is a pic in the gallery of my dad in his Aussie running colors long after this ordeal.
My maid fell (at her home) and broke her wrist. When I got back from honeymoon, the cast had come off and her hand was hugely swollen with no movement in her fingers. She went back to the doctor on my recommendation and they were unable to do anything for her.
I sent her back with a letter from me requesting physiotherapy. She came back with a letter saying that was unnecessary, the X-rays showed the bones were in place and nothing more could be done for her.
I was outraged. The poor woman stood there very sheepishly while I had a tantrum over what the doctor had said. She was afraid that I would fire her because she had lost the use of her right hand.
I started with massaging her hand and then exercises that she had to do. Within two weeks the swelling was completely gone and she had full use of her hand. I took her to the doctor that had dismissed the fact that she needed any help and had my tantrum in his office showing what a little time and care can do for the quality of someones life. I was asked to leave.
I started mixing different herbs and products, testing the results after a horrible accident to my pony. She was kicked on her inner thigh so badly that it tore the muscle and left the muscle bunched above her knee, held there by her skin.
The kick had not damaged her skin badly, surprisingly. I called a physiotherapist who told me she needed an operation. I knew the operation would not be very effective as the scare tissue would keep ripping and she would live in constant pain.
My options: Try do what I wanted the physiotherapist to do or have her put down.
Out of desperation I mixed two products that both work fairly well, but neither were equipped to deal with this. Ice man and Deep relief. One is herbal, the other is brufen based. One is pale blue, the other is clear.
When I mixed them in my hand it turned milky white and started steaming.
I massaged her leg for half an hour three times a day encouraging the muscle back up her thigh. It took three weeks of massaging and stable rest to full recovery. For the remainder of her life, she never had another unsound day.
We moved to a new farm a few months ago and have been fixing the very dilapidated fences. Unfortunately, my one mare, Venus, found a fence that hadn’t yet been fixed. The wounds were very sever and I had to make a choice. The cuts were easy to treat, but the hole in her inner thigh showed the tendon and it had a small nick in it. I could have the tendon operated on, leave her on stable rest and risk lymphangitis.
Judging by the severity of the soft tissue damage, there was going to be loads of damaged blood vessels, causing swelling and leading to lymphangitis. Vets suggest exercise to encourage circulation, but that was impossible with the tendon damage. Tendon needs rest, lymphangitis needs exercise.
I opted to treat the lymphangitis first and if need be later have an operation done on the tendon. Washed the wounds and smothered Venus in step 1 healing balm. Rubbed my MSM body cream down her whole leg.
Day two her leg was sore and swollen from the bleeding and she could barely put weight on her leg. I applied and removed pressure bandages at two hourly intervals, massaged her leg three times a day, slowly walked her in hand twice a day and hosed her leg twice a day.
She was given antibiotics, anti inflammatory and painkillers orally.
Lymphangitis is a very serious and very painful condition.
Day two and three were a nightmare and exhausting.
Day four, the swelling was going down rapidly and she was able to walk again. By that evening the swelling was completely gone.
Day five she continued with her antibiotics and step 1 only.
The pictures of her recovery are in our gallery.
I have been treating a cat that got a snake bite on the side of his face. The photos are horrific and not for sensitive viewers. His recovery has been remarkable. Pictures of Joe are only on request. He went missing and when he was found four days later, he was a bag of bones with half his face missing.
Two weeks of treatment and he has mad a full recovery and is fat again. F.Y.I. in the more sever cases, topical drawing ointments are not enough, nor are topical antibiotics. They need to be administered internally and externally.
If you have no training with wound care, seek professional advice.
But please make sure you know enough that the professional can’t make your situation worse. Remember that they are also humans and make mistakes, but you need to know enough to ensure that they do not make a permanent mistake on you.
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