My husband has this pressure sore on his lower back that first developed the first of July this year. When we realized the treatment we were doung wasn’t working, we made an appt with Wellstar Wound clinic. They basically said it didn’t look that bad, but had me put zinc on it and cover the wound. This did heal and we didn’t have to return to the clinic.
Well, as if the first of Nov the pressure sore returned in the same area. I started the same treatment immediately. The problem is, now it isn’t healing but getting worse. Jerry is now staying in the bed all the time. We tried to get something done the day after Thanksgiving but couldn’t. As of Monday we did speak with a nurse at Shephard and are currently waiting on a call back. But have been successful in scheduling an appt at Wellstar Wound clinic for Friday. Would prefer to go to Shepherd. Will update as soon as we can get in somewhere. It’s very upsetting to me. Sigh!!
Something my husband first told me when I first started to take care of him was if I didn’t want to be stuck in the apartment for a month, never let him get a pressure sore. I listened to him and have always made sure to address any redness I see to make sure it doesn’t go any deeper. We have been married for 20 years and the most pressure sores he has ever developed was because he was in the hospital and the staff either didn’t move his feet or didn’t roll him. These were not Spinal cord hospitals, even though a particular hospital that will remain unnamed claims to have a spinal cord floor.
Back in 2015 he did develop a sore on his right hip that just wouldn’t heal up. Finally, in Oct of that year he had to stay in Shepherd Spinal Center for 3 weeks after having flap surgery done. The cause of the sore was from transferring from his wheelchair to drivers seat of his van and back to wheelchair. He had also lost a lot of weight during that year, so we had to increase his protein intake to help with the healing process. It has been 2 years and his hip is healed. We now have to transfer him into the van now with a hoyer lift instead of using a transfer board. This is to help prevent another sore from developing. This is an ongoing process to help prevent pressure sores. We have found that the older he gets the harder it is to heal any pressure sores.
Normally, if the night has been uneventful the day starts out well. Being the caregiver I normally get up before my husband wants to get up. I will get him fresh water to drink and when he is ready help him with his morning pills. He then likes to wait to get up until his medicine takes effect. During this time the school day will begin for our son.
My husband generally isn’t hungry first thing when he wakes up, so I will make him a instant breakfast to drink.
My husband is a C7 paraplegic, being paralyzed from the chest down. He has basically taught me everything I need to know about how to care for him. While getting him dressed in the morning, this is when his skin is checked to ensure there is no breakdown. A breakdown would mean that he would have to remain in the bed, repositioned often until the area heals.
Once I have checked him, dressed him and hooked the lift to a net that has been placed under him I can start to transfer him from the bed to his electric wheelchair. When he is in the chair properly, I then make sure to hook his seatbelts up so he can remain safe.
The days I have to go to work, I’ll attempt to do some chores and delegate some to our son. While I am at work my husband is pretty independent but does have our nearly 12 year old son if he needs help. My employer has been very understanding and if I need to come home for an emergency it generally isn’t a problem.
When I come home from work, sometimes my husband and I will walk (he will roll) around the neighborhood so we can talk about our day.
At bedtime, I will prepare the bed then transfer him into the bed. When he is undressed for bed again this is the time to examine his body for any problems. If everything appears ok, we may watch some tv then turn over in bed to go to sleep.
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