word of warning - importance of wound care

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Re: word of warning - importance of wound care

Postby matagi » Wed Jun 19, 2013 8:37 pm

Using honey won't hurt - it works differently from antibiotics. Worth a shot.
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Re: word of warning - importance of wound care

Postby jules21 » Thu Jun 20, 2013 11:10 am

ok so i went to new doc this morning and she tells me "you've come to the right place, we specialise in wound management!" my heart skipped a beat, and not just as she was much better looking than my previous doc (middle aged male) :)

she's going to treat it by taking the elusive swab to test for bacteria strain, an ultra-sound to check for build-up around the wound and under the skin, which apparently blocks the anti-biotics' effectiveness, and other stuff. she reckons about 2 months to heal :(

but she said i could ride my bike, as long as it didn't cause me pain :D

also i must say that casual cyclist - you were bang on about the honey. she treated it with honey herself. i'll never doubt you again..
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Re: word of warning - importance of wound care

Postby casual_cyclist » Thu Jun 20, 2013 11:58 am

jules21 wrote:ok so i went to new doc this morning and she tells me "you've come to the right place, we specialise in wound management!" my heart skipped a beat, and not just as she was much better looking than my previous doc (middle aged male) :)

she's going to treat it by taking the elusive swab to test for bacteria strain, an ultra-sound to check for build-up around the wound and under the skin, which apparently blocks the anti-biotics' effectiveness, and other stuff. she reckons about 2 months to heal :(

but she said i could ride my bike, as long as it didn't cause me pain :D

also i must say that casual cyclist - you were bang on about the honey. she treated it with honey herself. i'll never doubt you again..

Haha. Cheers. I hope it all works out and you heal up as good as new. I know the honey thing is pretty random but having used it myself and seen it work on others, I know there is something to it. The research is really interesting. It works differently to antibiotics as matagi mentioned above. In my case it was the easiest solution and worked well. I hope yours works out too.
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Re: word of warning - importance of wound care

Postby Summernight » Thu Jun 20, 2013 12:23 pm

Not to mention that if you have to slap honey on the wound before riding and you need an extra boost you can just take a dollop of honey from the wound and eat it and off you go!

(Too much? 8) )
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Re: word of warning - importance of wound care

Postby JohnJoyner » Thu Jun 20, 2013 1:30 pm

jules21 wrote:ok so i went to new doc this morning and she tells me "you've come to the right place, we specialise in wound management!" my heart skipped a beat, and not just as she was much better looking than my previous doc (middle aged male) :)

she's going to treat it by taking the elusive swab to test for bacteria strain, an ultra-sound to check for build-up around the wound and under the skin, which apparently blocks the anti-biotics' effectiveness, and other stuff. she reckons about 2 months to heal :(

but she said i could ride my bike, as long as it didn't cause me pain :D

also i must say that casual cyclist - you were bang on about the honey. she treated it with honey herself. i'll never doubt you again..


Shows how bad the previous doctors were. I had cellulitus about a year ago (in a finger on my right hand), currently have it again (stoopid thing) & the first thing the doctor I had a year ago did was a swab to make sure he was giving me the correct antibiotics.
Doctor I saw this time didn't do a swab, was a weekend & had to make do with some dodgy clinic. But he prescribed me Cephalexin, which is the same or similar to what I took last time (from memory). But going to see the other doctor tomorrow, whilst the drugs I am on this time have worked, it hasn't completely cleared up, so want his opinion & maybe another course of antibiotics.
It is hard to believe yours has gone on as long as it has Jules. Makes you question your faith in doctors really.
Anyway, glad you're on the right track now Jules.
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Re: word of warning - importance of wound care

Postby jules21 » Fri Jun 21, 2013 1:46 pm

thanks John.

more revelations - my new doctor and nurse reckon that it's probably not infected anymore. they are awaiting results of the swab taken this morning after debriding the scab, but said it looks pretty good underneath.

can't believe i wasted so much time with the other quack.

Summernight wrote:Not to mention that if you have to slap honey on the wound before riding and you need an extra boost you can just take a dollop of honey from the wound and eat it and off you go!

(Too much? 8) )

have you seen 9 1/2 weeks? ;)
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Re: word of warning - importance of wound care

Postby Summernight » Fri Jun 21, 2013 2:05 pm

jules21 wrote:
Summernight wrote:Not to mention that if you have to slap honey on the wound before riding and you need an extra boost you can just take a dollop of honey from the wound and eat it and off you go!

(Too much? 8) )

have you seen 9 1/2 weeks? ;)


I was still in nappies at the time it came out. :P
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Re: word of warning - importance of wound care

Postby casual_cyclist » Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:52 pm

jules21 wrote:the pitfalls of ignoring wounds. i came off a couple of weeks ago and took some bark off. i paid most attention to the areas which looked worst, but ignored my ankle, which scabbed over very quickly.

2 weeks later and i start coming down with flu-like symptoms, then fever. i thought i'd overdone it with the training, but then i noticed the ankle was red and swollen. strange, as it took so long to get infected. am now on a course of antibiotics.

i think i'll be more careful from now on. the thing is, fever has a way of distracting you and i had put the ankle injury out of my mind until it became very painful. won't make that mistake again.

the infected ankle caused the fever.

How did you go with this? I hope it's all healing up well.
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Re: word of warning - importance of wound care

Postby jules21 » Fri Aug 30, 2013 3:07 pm

yeah sorry i should have updated. what happened is that the ankle stayed in a discoloured state, due to the cellulitis. apparently it takes a long time to return to normal colour (according to my new doctor). the quack i was seeing continued to feed my anti-biotics and was judging it on the skin discolouration - i.e. believed it was still infected as the discolouration was still there. he tried to send me to the hospital wound clinic, who told me he was confused - they don't deal with that stuff.

so essentially the infection is gone and was almost certainly gone for a long time. some doctors don't know their butt from their bellybutton.
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Re: word of warning - importance of wound care

Postby trailgumby » Fri Aug 30, 2013 8:55 pm

This is the situation I'm in presently. Infection has almost certainly gone since Tuesday night but I'm still on oral cephalozolin for another few days to guard against a return. At least I'm off IVs.

Still gets angry looking by afternoon but the discomfort is minimal and the skin around the wound feels less like micro bubble wrap every day. Tonight lying on the couch with it elevated awhile it feels almost normal.

I can ride tomorrow yippee!
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Re: word of warning - importance of wound care

Postby jules21 » Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:18 pm

good luck TG. sounds like you've got it under control.
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Re: word of warning - importance of wound care

Postby Lukeyboy » Sat Aug 31, 2013 7:40 pm

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Re: word of warning - importance of wound care

Postby casual_cyclist » Mon Sep 02, 2013 2:25 pm

jules21 wrote:yeah sorry i should have updated. what happened is that the ankle stayed in a discoloured state, due to the cellulitis. apparently it takes a long time to return to normal colour (according to my new doctor). the quack i was seeing continued to feed my anti-biotics and was judging it on the skin discolouration - i.e. believed it was still infected as the discolouration was still there. he tried to send me to the hospital wound clinic, who told me he was confused - they don't deal with that stuff.

so essentially the infection is gone and was almost certainly gone for a long time. some doctors don't know their butt from their bellybutton.

Good news on the wound front. Not good news on the anti-biotics front :-(. Anyway, good you got it sorted out.
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