Many people seem to be following Izzy's journey to recovery, so I thought I'd share photos that demonstrate how his leg is being treated. To start, here's that photo from January 10th, and next to it is a photo from March 7th. I think Dr. Tolley's bandage regimen is working!
Once I have everything removed with the brush, I tear off a piece of the old cotton sheeting and dunk it in a bucket of water. I use the wet cotton to scrub at the stuck on goop and to gently wash away any loose hair or dust that is stuck to the wound. I use just plain water to do this, no soaps are added.
Small admission here: one evening when I changed the bandages, it was pretty dark, and I accidentally put the furry side to the wound and wrapped it. When I next changed the bandages, the furry stuff was embedded in the wound, and I couldn't get it off. I used a small knife and even my fingernails, all to no avail. I was terrified that I had ruined all of my hard work. I called Dr. Tolley who just laughed and said it would eventually come off. He was right. By the next bandage change, the stuck on bits were gone.
The fuzzy side of the telfa pad is great for soaking up medications like White lotion. I fold the telfa pad into fourths with the furry side out and drop it into a plastic container. I douse it with White Lotion, flip it over, and douse it again. By the time I'm ready to apply the pad, it has absorbed all of the White Lotion.
Dr. Tolley recommends pulling tightly across the front of the leg and then softly around the back. While I prefer to wrap from the outside to the inside, his technique requires a clockwise wrap. I couldn't pull it tight enough while wrapping inward.
Even though it is closing really fast, I still think it's going to need to be wrapped until at least the end of March. That's only three weeks away!
Each time I wrap, I wonder how much the entire bandaging process is costing, but I just haven't had the time or energy to do the math. My best guess is that each time I bandage, it costs about $5.00, which isn't really that bad. Other medications certainly can cost more, so maybe I got off easy.
More updates to come.