Was wondering why I was not allowed to do outreach this week, and now I know. Apo, my paralyzed friend, is in need of serious wound care, and here I am, available for a whole week. Nice job.......
This is kinda series over the week.
Took some friends there who know how to deal with serious bed sores like this. To my surprise they never saw something like this, whatttttt??? Well always time to teach professionals something new,hahahaha. Architect self proclaimed missionary/healthcare worker, need to retrain professionals!!!!! Started of the evening by letting my friend cut away all the bad flesh on one of the wounds. As an EMT it was his first go on a wound like this. His wife is a Midwife/Nurse and she knew how to do this. Cutting done, with a sketchy blade, as it became blunt, out came the nice dressing all the way from the West. Good stuff. They reckon you can leave it on for a week,whattttt???? in this weather, noooooo......it will rot underneath. Well, I am open to learn something new.
|This one is on his tail bone|
|Another one on his hip|
It was a hard evening to work. The chanting in the village was overwhelming, it was beyond hot, and the flies was hungry. Mum try to slap the flies away, while I try my best to work as fast as I can in order for the flies not to carry us away. While dripping with sweat, could just as well took a bath, we finished the dressings. This time good old school stuff that work just as good. Always refer back to my Philippine days of working.
The next time I visit, a storm was brewing. The wind picked up and underneath the house, I could barely see Apo, cause of all the dust. Nope, no dressing tonight in this weather. How can you keep a wound clean in a dust storm???
|I was greeted by this massive soft gangrene on the right|
|After cutting it out|
This morning when I came there, I was greeted by a rotting smell, that I am so familiar with. Gangrene is making its way out of one of the holes. No wonder Apo had such bad fevers the week. He is already on antibiotics and I just hope it helps.
Had to rick myself for serious pretending, to be a surgeon again!!! Why is it that I always find myself in such rotting circumstances, and loving it????Cutting was bad and had to open a new hole up that was linked to another one more down , on his bumm. Finally I could open the hole and cut away all gangrene in order for the wound to heal. It is a very nasty place as it is right next to the rectum, and makes cleaning difficult. We need to be extra careful now when Apo have a nr.2.
Mum was helping with gloves on off course and walking off and spitting, when things are to hard for her. This girl comes a long road with caring for her son. Super mom and dad rewards is in order for these two. She was cutting gauze for me to clean, like a real assistant. Nice to have her around.
I just came back from Apo and after 5 hours of cutting, it already looks better. We can just pray that this will get healed.
Did I say that I love doing this..........