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    Listen to your doctor. I am currently dealing with this issue as well. I started out with 3 large, deep sores on my butt, which quickly morphed into one large, deep wound. I saw my doc 2 weeks ago and she wanted me on 24/7 bed rest. I live alone, so this is not possible for me, but I stayed off the area as much as I could, as she felt I was quickly on the path to needing surgery. I went to see her yesterday, at the 2 week mark, and am down to two shallow, well defined, significantly smaller sores. It's not fun, and I still have to stay out of my chair more than I'd like until the wounds have healed, but it's worth it. I was told that once you have surgery, the tissue is never quite the same, and you will be more prone to developing sores in that area. I am also using a Roho cushion and slide board now, and have increased my protein intake, all of which I believe are contributing positively to the healing process. Be good to your body and it will show its appreciation.
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    No worries, I've been off it for a few days. I only set up on it to eat and pee, no longer than 10 minutes.
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    So I've been off it's almost 3 weeks, and no change. It stinks bad like rotten eggs. What is that?
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    Get thee to ER stat. Have them take a culture swab and a blood test. Ask to see the hospital's infection specialist.

    The wound vac won't work if infection is present.

    Seriously too close to organs to fool around and you don't want sepsis.
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    Bowels and bladder are not leaking into this wound I hope?
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    Spiney, if anything happens to you, I promise to take of that pretty young thing of yours!

    But seriously, we are usually right about knowing our bodies better than anyone else. With certain things though, we have to bite the bullet and do the time.

    So don't screw around. Start gaming from bed to distract you from your prison sentence but do your time!
    And the truth shall set you free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnifer View Post
    Bowels and bladder are not leaking into this wound I hope?
    It's nowhere near that deep, probably just nasties from night time incontinence. Heading to the doc now.
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    So a previous culture came back with nasties sensitive to cephlex or bactrim, but neither worked. A biopsy was taken, and while waiting I'm using a frequently changed bandage and microcyn as a cleanser. Giving the vac a few days off while this gets sorted. I've heard great things about microcyn, hope it works well.

    I'm kinda concerned about my temp though.... I'm at 100.5 F
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    Well my experience was a bit different. Around 4 years ago I had a VERY LARGE and deep (to the bone) wound with a lot of tunneling. I went to two surgeons and both told me the same thing, surgery would be the very last option, they both said "if you have surgery I can almost guarantee you that you will be back to see me in six months". So I went on the wound VAC for 10 months. I was told I could do pretty much as I please with the VAC on so I went on disability from work and stayed in bed part time, I still got up in the morning and drove out for breakfast, went out to eat with my wife, worked around the house and even took two out of town trips of course all while wearing the VAC. I never let myself stay up more than one to two hours before taking a bed break. I had a nurse visit the house three times a week to change the dressing and yes mine smelled terrible the entire time it was sucking out the crap from the wound. She would measure the wound weekly and yes with the VAC in place and me doing many of my normal home activities it healed, we found NO difference if I stayed in bed or not. In fact the last month or so they had to keep it from closing so I could get rid of the tunneling. For over 10 years I had been fighting the pressure sores while working and in the past I ALWAYS stayed in bed, but with the VAC I myself seen no difference in the heal rate if I was in bed or not as long as I took breaks and kept a good tight seal on the VAC. I am not saying this is correct way to act only that my surgeon said with the VAC I could get around and do the thing I had to do and in my experience he was correct. I use a 4" Roho cushion.

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    What was the cause of your wound Tim?
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