This week has been half-term for my children and we have been quite active for change. Normally with my leg being bad and having the three layer bandage system on we would usually have 1 day out and spend most of our time doing activities at home. However now I have the much thinner compression stocking on I am able to get out more and actually wear proper shoes!
It has been great being able to more with my children and slowly getting back to the mum I used to be. we have been to a splash/water park. we have been for a picnic at our local park and I’ve even ventured out of the bus to see my nan.
As great as all this has been, I have been paying for my adventures. I have been in a lot more pain, which in turn involves taking more medication ( I swear I’m going to rattle soon with the amount of tablets I take) and a few times at night I have had to take some morphine to help with the pain, I’ve also not been sleeping very well as when the painkillers wear off during the night, the pain wakes me up at stupid ‘O’clock in the morning.
Walking is good for my leg as it gets the blood pumping properly and help push the fluid back up my leg but I think I may have over done it a bit this week. The extensor tendinitis, which is the tendon that run along the top of my foot, has returned and my foot feels like its on fire most of the time. Also the more active I am the more the ulcer seems to weep and leak through the padding, the padding then gets stuck to the outside of my ulcer and as I walk it pulls at the skin and causes pain.
However all this being said I was expecting the ulcer to have back tracked a little but when I changed the dressing last night I was pleasantly surprised. The ulcer didn’t look too bad, it was quite inflamed around the edges where the dressing had been pulling and it had gone a bit sloughy. ( which means that the top layer of skin had been damaged) On the up side It was a bit shallower and closer to getting back to normal skin level.
The time I’ve spent with my children, seeing them happy and gain some independence back completely out ways the bad stuff and it was all totally worth it!
If you would like to see the latest picture of my leg ulcer, please leave me a comment below. Thank you everyone that has shown an interest in my leg. It has taken me a long time to mentally and physically get to this point. x x