Well here I am again...Since the last blog...I've spent several visits to the Wound Care Clinic with therapist Paula. By the time I got to her...both legs had large open sores on them...and she has put me in special "boots", which she removes...cleans the wounds and re-applies another boot. I've had the boots off for about 2 weeks, but need to keep pads over the wound area on the right leg. Now the right leg is back to acting up again, so I will be seeing her on Friday.
She has instructed me to get compression stockings 30/40 strength...Medicare covers them, because I have open wounds...so last Wednesday I got the 1st pair and have been reluctant to try to put them on...but because I have a recurrence on the right leg...she told me to get them on or at least something which will decrease the swelling. Part of the reason we have been stalling...is that I wanted to make sure the dead skin and toenails were cleaned up...not being able to clean them makes a nasty looking foot and a challenge to not re-injure the VERY sensitive skin. Oh...by the way...the "condition" is called "venous stasis ulcers"...so watch your legs if they swell...because it is not a fun thing and is extremely painful.
So yesterday...we cleaned the feet and toenails (Art and I) and soaked the skin to try to get the skin soft enough to scrub a little and soften the nails. We got 1 stocking on the left leg...which was very painful and only took us an hour or longer...they are very TIGHT stockings. We waited a little while and proceeded to work on the right side...after more than an hour of struggling and dealing with unbearable pain...we let it "rest" while he ran to the store...by the time he got back, I was in terrible pain (I DO have a very high pain tolerance) but this was too much. We then decided to remove it and let the whole leg rest. When things had settled a bit we put on some stockings which had been my dads', but which are not so tight.
I will laying down for my computer time after I get done with this blog, so will not be typing...as I have found that to be very challenging . As for the folks suggesting sitting in a recliner...been there, done that....it doesn't work because I can't get out of it when I need to and that brings on other challenges
Now this turtle needs to get the legs elevated...so that's it for now.
Oh by the way...one good thing is that I lost 13 pounds between February and March...now to keep it off.