Friday, November 14, 2008

2 days down; Countless more to go

I've managed to change the dressing twice without gagging, puking, or showing extreme distaste. I know - I've changed it before, but those times I mainly stuck wet 4x4 pads, covered with dry 4x4 pads, and then wrapped the whole thing up in Kerlix. Now, I have to actually clean the wound, apply some gel stuff (Cara-something), add some Adaptic, 4x4 pads "fluffed" out to add bulk, more 4x4 pads for cushion, and THEN the Kerlix. Good thing I'm ambidextrous or it would be difficult to hold all of that in place while I'm wrapping the Kerlix.

It is very good to not have to worry about the wound VAC. Ron said it was easier to get into the bathroom without worrying about where the machine is, is he running over the tubing (that happened so many times), is the machine not too far away so he's not stretching the tubing, etc. It is also nice to not have to worry about the battery running down.

Of course, the fact that we are no longer being billed for this is a major relief! I'm afraid to add up all of the insurance statements, but I'm going to have to if for no other reason than my own morbid curiosity. I think the total for this machine is going to be in the $40,000 range. That will really be nice. It will take a while to pay off the balance but that's life.

What's important is that he's still got one!

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