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juliam1969
Total Posts: 1,815
Registered on: ‎10-31-2009

wound healing

Hi Molly,

I'm glad to see you.  I called my family DR and my Surgons office this morning and am waiting for them to call me back.  I asked that they refer me to a wound specialist.   They usually call me back around 3 or 4pm.   I have given the surgon a month to do something to get the infections and incisions closed.  He has never even done a culture or anything to see what kind of infection I have, he has just put me on 3 different antibiotics.   I was told this was a very good surgon, It has turned into a nighmare of problems and pain. 

Julia
Julia
I have been diabetic since my teens, type 2. I produce no insulin of my own so I take Lantus and Humalog daily.
I have several severe diabetes related complications, Gastroparesis, peripheral neuropathy of both arms and legs, autonomic neuropathy involving internal organs and blood vessels, kidney damage, HTN, vision issues. I also have COPD and severe Asthma. I am a uterine cancer survivor and had a TAH BSO at 35. I have had genetic blood work done that shows my neuropathy issues are hereditary and would of occurred even without diabetes. I also have very severe depression and anxiety. When not on my "mental health meds" I am not a very nice person and am good at alienating everyone around me including myself.
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juliam1969
Total Posts: 1,815
Registered on: ‎10-31-2009

wound healing

Hi Bill,
Good to see you again.  I put calls into both primary/family Dr and to the surgon.  I don't know if my surgon is trying to hide his poor job but I do get the impression that he does not really understand diabetes and all the complications and problems that come with it. 

I'm thinking his medical student put the sutures in, she was present when I went in the OR for the surgery.  It must of been her first time.  lol   Not really funny but I think I could of sewn my own hand better one handed. 

Julia
 

Julia
I have been diabetic since my teens, type 2. I produce no insulin of my own so I take Lantus and Humalog daily.
I have several severe diabetes related complications, Gastroparesis, peripheral neuropathy of both arms and legs, autonomic neuropathy involving internal organs and blood vessels, kidney damage, HTN, vision issues. I also have COPD and severe Asthma. I am a uterine cancer survivor and had a TAH BSO at 35. I have had genetic blood work done that shows my neuropathy issues are hereditary and would of occurred even without diabetes. I also have very severe depression and anxiety. When not on my "mental health meds" I am not a very nice person and am good at alienating everyone around me including myself.
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juliam1969
Total Posts: 1,815
Registered on: ‎10-31-2009

wound healing

Hi Jeanie,

I have a call into the drs.  I don't think I should wait any longer either. I should of contacted or asked for a wound specialist when I went to have the sutures out and the incisions were wide open.   Thank you for your support!!

Julia
Julia
I have been diabetic since my teens, type 2. I produce no insulin of my own so I take Lantus and Humalog daily.
I have several severe diabetes related complications, Gastroparesis, peripheral neuropathy of both arms and legs, autonomic neuropathy involving internal organs and blood vessels, kidney damage, HTN, vision issues. I also have COPD and severe Asthma. I am a uterine cancer survivor and had a TAH BSO at 35. I have had genetic blood work done that shows my neuropathy issues are hereditary and would of occurred even without diabetes. I also have very severe depression and anxiety. When not on my "mental health meds" I am not a very nice person and am good at alienating everyone around me including myself.
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juliam1969
Total Posts: 1,815
Registered on: ‎10-31-2009

wound healing

Hi Caloh,

Thank you!  I have missed all of you.    I have severe neuropathy in my arms and hands.  I had surgery for the nerve compression and carpal tunnel in my wrist. I also had trigger fingers in my first and middle finger and trigger thumb so I had those 3 surgical procedures.  On my thumb I also had a bony growth that had to be ground off.    I also am special in that I have "extra" muscles in my hands and arms, weird I know but some of those muscles had to be removed because they were putting pressure on the nerves. So I had 4 incisions on my left hand then I had an 8 inch incision on my left elbow to move the ulnar nerve out of the bony area of my elbow. 

This surgery has turned out to be the most painful surgery I have ever had.   The incision at my thumb and wrist are open. The incision at my elbow has opened in 3 places from infection inside the incision.    They used the super glue to close the elbow incision, it looked good until the infection ripped it open about a week after he removed the drains.

I had the surgery to release the pressure on the nerves to hopefully reduce the pain and numbness in my arms.   I'm supose to have the same surgery on my Right arm, I'm seriously rethinking that.  I won't know if the surgery helped for up to 18 months, I have to give the nerves time to "heal". 

Julia
Julia
I have been diabetic since my teens, type 2. I produce no insulin of my own so I take Lantus and Humalog daily.
I have several severe diabetes related complications, Gastroparesis, peripheral neuropathy of both arms and legs, autonomic neuropathy involving internal organs and blood vessels, kidney damage, HTN, vision issues. I also have COPD and severe Asthma. I am a uterine cancer survivor and had a TAH BSO at 35. I have had genetic blood work done that shows my neuropathy issues are hereditary and would of occurred even without diabetes. I also have very severe depression and anxiety. When not on my "mental health meds" I am not a very nice person and am good at alienating everyone around me including myself.
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juliam1969
Total Posts: 1,815
Registered on: ‎10-31-2009

wound healing

Hi Debit,

Thank you so much, I have missed all of you too.  Prayers are great!!

Julia
Julia
I have been diabetic since my teens, type 2. I produce no insulin of my own so I take Lantus and Humalog daily.
I have several severe diabetes related complications, Gastroparesis, peripheral neuropathy of both arms and legs, autonomic neuropathy involving internal organs and blood vessels, kidney damage, HTN, vision issues. I also have COPD and severe Asthma. I am a uterine cancer survivor and had a TAH BSO at 35. I have had genetic blood work done that shows my neuropathy issues are hereditary and would of occurred even without diabetes. I also have very severe depression and anxiety. When not on my "mental health meds" I am not a very nice person and am good at alienating everyone around me including myself.
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juliam1969
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Registered on: ‎10-31-2009

wound healing

Hi Dianne,

So good to see you here.  I hope you are doing well.  Thank you for telling me about your neighbor.  I'm glad he healed so well.  I hope I don't need more surgery but it could be possible.  I just want this surgery nighmare to be over with. 

Take care honey!

Julia
Julia
I have been diabetic since my teens, type 2. I produce no insulin of my own so I take Lantus and Humalog daily.
I have several severe diabetes related complications, Gastroparesis, peripheral neuropathy of both arms and legs, autonomic neuropathy involving internal organs and blood vessels, kidney damage, HTN, vision issues. I also have COPD and severe Asthma. I am a uterine cancer survivor and had a TAH BSO at 35. I have had genetic blood work done that shows my neuropathy issues are hereditary and would of occurred even without diabetes. I also have very severe depression and anxiety. When not on my "mental health meds" I am not a very nice person and am good at alienating everyone around me including myself.
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juliam1969
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Registered on: ‎10-31-2009

wound healing

Hi Lizzy,

Thank you!  I do take a lot of meds.  I know I take steroid meds for my Asthma and COPD, they cause problems with immune system and healing.  I can't stop taking those meds because of my breathing issues.   I will have to see what a wound dr will say about the meds.  

I'm glad you were able to finally get off that drug, I know it caused you a lot of problems.  I know some meds cause a lot of side effects and they put you on another drug to control what the first drug does. It is not a good cycle to be in. 

Take care!

Julia
Julia
I have been diabetic since my teens, type 2. I produce no insulin of my own so I take Lantus and Humalog daily.
I have several severe diabetes related complications, Gastroparesis, peripheral neuropathy of both arms and legs, autonomic neuropathy involving internal organs and blood vessels, kidney damage, HTN, vision issues. I also have COPD and severe Asthma. I am a uterine cancer survivor and had a TAH BSO at 35. I have had genetic blood work done that shows my neuropathy issues are hereditary and would of occurred even without diabetes. I also have very severe depression and anxiety. When not on my "mental health meds" I am not a very nice person and am good at alienating everyone around me including myself.
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psb1954
Total Posts: 149
Registered on: ‎07-07-2010

wound healing

Julia

I'm so sorry you are not well.  I remember you responded to a post of mine probably a year or so ago but you were so encouraging and kind that I never forgot it.  You are right about a wound specialist.  One was sent to see my mother regarding open wounds on her leg when she was in the hospital for an entirely different matter but once the wound spec decided on the treatment we could see the sores getting better almost daily and within a few weeks she was totally healed.

I hope they can help you to heal as quickly.

Pam
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juliam1969
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wound healing

Hi Pam,

I'm so glad I was able to help you and you remembered me.  It is nice to know that my time here has made a difference.  So many nice people here that want to help and your message is now helping me, Thank you!!  
I'm glad your mothers wounds healed, I think what I need is a wound specialist too.  I'm still waiting for the dr's office to call me back today. 

I hope you have a great day,  you and all the others have made me feel good today.  Thank you!!

Julia
Julia
I have been diabetic since my teens, type 2. I produce no insulin of my own so I take Lantus and Humalog daily.
I have several severe diabetes related complications, Gastroparesis, peripheral neuropathy of both arms and legs, autonomic neuropathy involving internal organs and blood vessels, kidney damage, HTN, vision issues. I also have COPD and severe Asthma. I am a uterine cancer survivor and had a TAH BSO at 35. I have had genetic blood work done that shows my neuropathy issues are hereditary and would of occurred even without diabetes. I also have very severe depression and anxiety. When not on my "mental health meds" I am not a very nice person and am good at alienating everyone around me including myself.
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suzzzie
Total Posts: 976
Registered on: ‎11-01-2009

wound healing


Hi Julia,

Glad to see you posting again, we've really missed you around here...I'm so  sorry to hear about your problems.  It sounds like you have been suffering for too long following your surgery.

I hope by this time you have heard back from the doctor and have an appointment with a wound care specialist.

I'll be thinking of you and saying a prayer for your speedy healing.

Take care and keep us posted.

Hugggs,
Suzzzie

suzzzie
Type 2 since 2006