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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Skin Graft Healing Nicely after Dressing Change

A CNA (certified nursing assistant) just finished changing the dressing on my wound and while it was exposed, I noticed the skin graft is healing as well as the doctor expected. There's a tiny section that's the size of a penny that isn't accepting the new skin, but the doctor said she'll be able to fix it without any complications.

The black ring around the wound is dead skin which was put in place by the surgical team during the skin graft. There is a before and after picture on this blog which shows what the wound looked like immediately after two surgeries and about a few weeks ago before the skin graft operation was performed.

In total, the wound required 4 surgeries and nearly 3 months of nursing care to heal up to the point it is today. I have an appointment with the podiatrist on November 23rd at which time the doctor will remove the 20 staples that are holding the graft in place. The podiatrist said I'll be able to begin walking on the 23rd as well.

Currently, I am confined to a wheelchair and crutches if I want to get out of bed. I hope this entire episode will help me change my life for the better once and for all.