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Venous Leg Ulcers and Home Care

  • Posted on June 3, 2012 at 7:08 pm

I have not been writing on my site lately as my health has been not the greatest, but I need to get back to writing here so here we go.    On top of ever other health issue I have, a new one has started which is starting to become by far the second most painful thing I have ever had to endure. Back in April I got what looked like hives on both my lower legs. They were very itchy and I had almost what looked like a red rash on them. Then the rash went from a rash to massive cuts and my legs were burning and stinging like they were on fire. After going to the doctor it was said that I had a blood infection which I was given 2 courses of anti-biotics for and we were bandaging the wounds. After two weeks though the wounds were getting worse and not healing, my doctor said continue bandaging and he would arrange for nursing care to come to address them. I now had what is called Venous Leg Ulcers caused by poor circulation. Venous Leg Ulcers

Not a couple days passed when my apt became grand central station. I had received a call from CCAC (Community Care Access Centre) I had done a phone evaluation with them and then it all started. I now have nurses coming in my place to change bandages every 3 days, an Occupational Therapist, and a Case worker. They have been amazing though and I am completely overwhelmed with all the support they have been giving me.

The nurses are still coming every 3 days and bandaging my legs as well as doing compression bandages on both lower legs. Every so often the “charge” nurse comes and re-evaluates everything and makes recommendations for changes to how the nurses are doing my legs.

Some really good things have come out of all this though (I know hard to believe), but the Occupational Therapist not only was there to deal with these Ulcer issues, she has been looking at my ENTIRE health and my daily living. They have been working closely with ODSP and helping to improve my daily living in any way possible. My O.T. has made the following improvements happen for me; I now have a bed-rail to help me in and out of bed, bath/shower handle that attaches to side of tub to help me in and out, these weird looking rails around the toilet so that I am not grabbing the sink to get up and down, I have a quad cane to help me get around and to steady my balance, and probably the biggest and most beneficial thing is my new lift chair. My O.T. was able to arrange for ODSP to cover $799 of the cost of a lift chair to help make me more comfortable and to help me get to a standing position. The problem is that lift chairs cost easily over $1,000+ and so we had to do come hunting for one, but David found one!! And it was just down the street from me from a place called Silver Cross. The chair was $800 and they delivered it that day for free. New Lift Chair

We are also now looking at getting other help for me with things like my Tenas (adult diapers), medical transportation for doctor appointments among other things.

I cannot express enough how much to thank CCAC, SilverCross, David and as well my ODSP worker for trying to make my life better.

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