And here I go yet again, again…and If Help is Needed

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And here I go yet again, again…… 

For the past 2-1/2 years, I have been dealing with a number of what look like a blood blister on the lower calf’s of both my legs, more on the left (4x) then the right (1).  The problem is that when these “blood blisters” pop or open up, there’s a stream of blood projecting approximately 1′ – 1-1/2′ out.  Put compression (tight compression) on it and several days later it turns into a scab and then the process repeats when the scab falls off, repeat, repeat… The issue then really boils down to, if when I’m sleeping and this happens will I be able to feel the blood stream and wake up or would this be something I would sleep through?

I just went a week with a doctor’s compression wrap on my left leg for past week and this is what I found when it was time to remove it for my follow-up appointment. 

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At my follow-up appointment, I was seen by a wound therapy nurse and a Vascular Surgeon who both suggested that I go visit the surgeon who performed the procedure originally and see how he wants to proceed.  Ugh!! I am far from being a vascular surgeon or even a doctor but, I do know that if a bandage turns “GREEN” then most likely there is an infection present, right?  When I was finally able to get the gauze pads off my leg the picture of the wound I found is below.  It is just about “DOUBLE IN SIZE” from my visit six days ago, DOUBLE.

 

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The original site three weeks after the surgery was about the size of a dime or nickel.  Now the area in the top left is what the surgery site looked like six weeks after surgery, which is about the size of a half-dollar coin.  The other three areas have all shown up in the past 6-7 weeks, bringing the overall size from 1/4″ round to a large 4″ x 3″ rectangle.  The white goop around the wound is a water barrier product to keep extra fluid in the body out of the wound, thereby keeping the wound as dry as possible.  After seeing my original vascular surgeon and explaining to him what the other two medical professionals had suggested and he was not happy that,

  1. it took this long to do a culture on the wound as he is 90-95% certain there is a bacteria by seeing the picture above.

  2. That a bleaching solution (as a preventative) was not prescribed earlier.

  3. That it took two months before they sent me back over to see him.

I am now having to take a 10 day antibiotic, bleach and change the dressing twice a day, which each time feel’s like a million needles being shoved into the side of my shin (inside of the lower leg) each time and the pain can continue for 1-2 days from each changing.  My surgeon did ask if I wanted something for the pain and when I explained that I am already taking Norco and have Fentynal being pumped into my low spine for a chronic back pain issue and personally do not want to be on anything else or even increase what I am on.  I know if I do I am running the chance of mood swings, behavior changes, grogginess, tired, loopy and possible addiction issues and because of those issues, I prefer to deal with this by adding Advil into my regimen as needed.  I just hope it works.  If not, we’re in for some long days.  

In the past. I did have issues when the doctors were trying to find what medications would best work for my chronic low back pain (now 23-3/4 years old) and in doing so not only did I but more important my entire family, wife, kids (2) 6-year-old daughters, 3-year-old son, mother and brothers all dealt with  the changes in me from the various medications, the interactions between medications, withdrawals from one med and/or the ramp up onto yet another new med, as well as having to deal with my pain, my depression and much more.  After I was clear-headed and able to look back and see how it affected them then and how it changed the relationships I had with each of them then.  It was then that I swore I would never put my family through that again.   The main issue is that at the time I couldn’t see the changes in me or see how I had changed toward others and by the time I had the damage had already happened.  If you or someone you know is on opioids or painkillers of any sort, at the first sign of behavior changes, anger outbursts, personality changes, or other changes have them contact “or you contact” their doctor as soon as possible.  Most medications of this type you increase the dosage in stages to get the dosage to the prescribed level.  On the other end of medication’s you also have to decrease the dosages of a certain medication’s in stages to keep you from encountering the withdrawal symptoms.  Both of these processes can take days and some even weeks depending on the strength of the medication and the length of time you’ve been on it.  For help contact your primary care physician would be your first step, however, if the patient is addicted to the medication you can contact any of a number of abuse hotlines, such as,

home

https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline

SAMHSA’s National Helpline (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.  Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

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Recovery Connection

https://www.recoveryconnection.com/substance-abuse/drug-classes/opiate-addiction-treatment-withdrawal/

“If you are suffering from opiate addiction Recovery Connection can help. Not all treatment programs can handle this specific addiction. Our coordinators can help you find a quality opiate treatment program to address your needs. Call 866-811-3235 and break the bondage of drug addiction. Our helpline is open 24/7, and all calls are free of charge and confidential.”


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