Regular feature #3
This week I’ve had some ups and downs. Its been quite a rough week as the weather has been so hot in the UK. Its been really nice having the warmer weather but we are just not used to it. Throughout all this heat I’ve still had to wear both layers of stocking. The underliner with enclosed toes and the main compression stocking on top. one day in to the hot weather, my leg decided it didn’t like it and would show me by swelling up twice its size. After speaking to a nurse, she suggested that I use a simple tubi grip with open toes instead of the underliner and keep the compression over the top. This seemed to help, the swelling went down and I could actually wear my flip-flops again.
I took this picture to show someone what it looked like with the tubi grip on. Before all of this I used to workout every day and have some nice shape to my legs but now they just look awful. The muscle on my good leg is twice the size and the muscle on my bad leg has just wasted away. Where I now walk with a limp even my ankles roll inwards.
Now I have the tubi grip on it is less compression and it is actually a lot more comfortable as it’s not as tight. However now I have to change my dressings every few days.
Today is Wednesday, I changed my dressing on Monday and again tonight and I’m off to see the nurse on Friday.
These images were taken under different lighting at different times of the day. The top one was late at night under my living room lights, the seconds was taken earlier under natural light.
This is the picture I took on monday when I changed the dressing. This was the second day without the underlining. I know this is still a horrid sight but for me this is great, this is the best it has looked in a long time. All of the red parts in and aroundthe edge of the ulcer is new skin growing.
This is a picture of what it looks like tonight, fourth day without the underlining, I was really hoping to see great results and more improvement but it seems to have back tracked a bit. The build up of yellow is dead skin cells, so all that new skin has now gone. The skin around the edges are not as bright red as monday which means they have stopped producing new skin cells. I am in more pain tonight as well, normally the more intense pain from putting fresh dressing on goes away after about an hour with extra painkillers but tonight i’ve had all my painkillers and the intense pain is still there.
I’m at a loss of what I should be doing and it’s driving me crazy. I’ve tried nearly all dressings, I’ve been in 3 and 4 layer bandaging, I’ve been in the stocking with and without the underlining. one minute I can see really good results and then the next it backtracks.
I would love to go and see a private professional but they are just so expensive, we just can not afford it and we have been told that with some companies, you get better treatment from the NHS.