For those of you who are not regular readers of my blog…I recently had a Suprapubic Catheter fitted. All has gone well today but I thought I would write about my recent Suprapubic Catheter Hiccup!
My darling husband has become my own personal Male Nurse and taken on the duties of changing my dressing. The surgeon had told us that the dressing could be changed on the third day and by then the stitch would have dissolved. The third day arrived and armed with all the correct infection control medical supplies at hand …(as below) my husband set about the task of changing the dressing…
-Melolin absorbent dressing
-Disposable plastic hypodermic syringes (this is for the nurse when she or he has to change the catheter in 5-6 weeks)
-Adhesive wound dressings
-Small black disposal bags
-Vinyl powder-free gloves
-Plus and a bag to put it all in
Quite a list of equipment but it is all required
…He gently removed the dressing and disposed of it in the small black bag that we hung on the draw handle of the bedside cabinet. We were both pleased to see hat it was healing quite well and the stitch had also dissolved the wound was a little gunky and red as expected but not looking too bad. So it was wiped gently with a sterile wipe, and redressed with an adhesive wound dressing, which was cut so it went around the tube, this was done each morning and evening, on the 5th day I was able to have the dressing taken off and have a shower.
On Sunday evening we returned home and my personal nurse/ husband helped to re-dress my stomach, but noticed the adhesive on the wound dressings had caused large blisters, a few of which had bust and started bleeding, they also looked very angry, so we decided to swap the dressings for melolin absorbent ones instead around the tube, using the microspore tap and keep the blistered area open to get some air.
I had to find something else we could use to help this area heal, so I looked online as I do and read about Manuka Honey, it just so happens that my brother had given me a jar when he came over from Australia, so I read up on it and discovered Manuka has great healing powers as well as other many other uses, not just medical so ordered some medical dressings which apparently are excellent for bed sores, bad burns and lots of other skin conditions, so will give it a try on my stomach.
-Healing Power of Honey
-Components of Manuka Honey
-How Manuka Honey Is Used
-What the Science Says About Manuka Honey
-Possible Side Effects of Manuka Honey
Manuka honey is produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the native Manuka bush. Advocates say it treats wound infections and other conditions.
Take a look at what the science says about using Manuka honey as a medicine. Honey has been used since ancient times to treat multiple conditions. It wasn’t until the late 19th century that researchers discovered that honey has natural antibacterial qualities.
Apparently Manuka Honey contains a special ingredient called Methylgyoxol Concentration which is the Unique Manuka Factor(or UMF) the higher the better, over 10 is best, but read the web site for more details.
Another product I have found that I will try to help with my Suprapubic Catheter Hiccup! is Anti Microbial Silver Spray, this is an Antibacterial, Anti-fungal and Antiviral (lots of Anti’s here)
“The medical uses of silver include its incorporation into wound dressings, creams, and as an antibiotic coating on medical devices. While wound dressings containing silver sulfadiazine or silver nonmaterial’s may be used on external infections” this also might be worth a try, I purchased mine directly from the supply at Colloidal Silver UK http://www.colloidalsilveruk.com
Well let you know how I get on with the dressings and silver spray.