Wound Vacs

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  1. mike2011

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    Yeah I have tattoos on my wrist that hurt pretty bad, but the first time I got the sponge removed hurt worse.... So the nurse is not putting any packing in the smaller wound?

    I got taken off my wound vac today. my wound is 9.5cm long still but its not deep at all and they are still packing it with aquacel packing.
     
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    So the sponge hurts less each time? Yeah she didn't pack the little one, she said its too small now. Congrats on getting off the vac, I bet you are happy!
     
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    For me it hurt less and less each time, or maybe I just got used to it, what hurt the worse for me is they used glue type stuff near the bottom and ouch that hurt when they pulled of the plastic dressing. I still have some healing to do but they did take me off the vac. I was on it for 4 weeks
     
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    Luckily I don't have the glue to deal with. How much longer do your doctors think you have until you are all healed up?
     
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    Not sure im hoping a week or 2. they burned a lil of it back with silver nitrate today, and last week they debrided the wound. Now they are using collagen power or something like that, and packing it with aquacel packing
     
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    Wow that's awesome....we might both be over and done with at the same time! What does the nitrate help with? I haven't ever heard of that.
     
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    Silver nitrate is a chemical compound with chemical formula AgNO3. This nitrate of silver is a light-sensitive ingredient in photographic film and is a poisonous, corrosive compound. Silver nitrate crystals can be produced by dissolving silver in nitric acid and evaporating the solution. The compound notably stains skin a greyish or black color that is made visible after exposure to sunlight.


    Silver nitrate has been used as an antiseptic, dropped into newborn babies' eyes at birth. This is to prevent contraction of gonorrhoea or chlamydia from their mother. A very weak solution is used for this, (about 1%) and there are very few side effects.


    Mythically, silver nitrate was used as a method of killing vampires, with the silver nitrate generally being injected into a bullet cartridge or used in a hypodermic needle.
    Fused silver nitrate, shaped into sticks, was traditionally called lunar caustic and used as a cauterizing agent.


    It can also be used in wound management to 'knock back' over-granulation of tissue in healing wounds such as ulcers and sinuses.

     
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    Interesting, I'll have to ask my doctor if she thinks it could be beneficial to me! :)
     
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    Yeah its only really used if you are over healing in certain areas, I think
     
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    Oh okay well I guess I can just ask...doesn't hurt. If it can help at all its worth it to me....hence why I torture myself every morning with wheat grass...yuk!!!
     
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    Yeah, bring it up to your doctor it may be something you may end up needing. I tried wheat grass once. I need to start taking it agian.
     
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    How deep would you say your wound is now? I'm at like 2cm deep and 4cm long. Trying to figure out how much longer I have.
     
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    I thinks it is around 1cm or a lil less deep
     
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    That's really good!
     
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    Home nurse just came out and changed my aquacel dressing and I took some more pics ill upload them in a bit, kinda hard to determine the depth from the pics but you can tell its not very deep anymore. When are you getting your vac dressing changed?
     
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    My nurse will be here this afternoon. I doubt I've healed any more since Monday..hoping its not as painful as Monday.
     
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    You should heal a lil between each dressing change, not sure how noticeable it will be. My nurse always come early in the morning, which I like better then the afternoon.
     
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    I'd rather her come in the morning too but I'm last on her list which is cool. She's super nice and usually sits with me for a bit afterwards. I get bored being at home by myself all day.
     
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    Yeah I understand about getting bored, Ive been in bed for almost 2 months, lol.
     
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    I'm two weeks post op today and I've been bored outta my mind for 13 days. Haha.
     

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