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    Quote Originally Posted by Sue Pendleton
    Can you find a place to just use sun? I think they have the same kind of rays and the sun is cheaper. I also like the Doctor's Choice hydrocolloid self-adhesive. It has a mild pain killer in the adhesive. You can find these on Drugstore.com or possibly in Warsaw, Berlin for sure. As they peel off as they fill with fluid new skin is not harmed.
    I know that the sun is cheaper but I've already had this lamp at home, so why not to use it Thank you very mych for your reply Sue Pendleton I'm now waiting for my doctor and what he will say when he sees my wounds. I hope everything will be fine. Best regards

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    You may want to think of renting an air mattress overlay,
    from a medical supply house for a few months until your sores
    have had time to heal. The less pressure on them, the better,
    and an air mattress or overlay is very beneficial.
    My son uses an air mattress and has been able to avoid any pressure sores on his hips or butt.
    He did have one at the coccyx in the 'crack', (due to an incorrect cushion and placement - on his chair) but that was very early in the post accident occurrances.
    It healed nicely with DuoDerm dressings, but it took a while to heal.
    Bob B
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    Quote Originally Posted by nide44
    You may want to think of renting an air mattress overlay,
    from a medical supply house for a few months until your sores
    have had time to heal. The less pressure on them, the better,
    and an air mattress or overlay is very beneficial.
    My son uses an air mattress and has been able to avoid any pressure sores on his hips or butt.
    He did have one at the coccyx in the 'crack', (due to an incorrect cushion and placement - on his chair) but that was very early in the post accident occurrances.
    It healed nicely with DuoDerm dressings, but it took a while to heal.
    Thank you very much for your advice but I have already had my own special mattress. I started to use it in order to avoid any pressure around and on my wounds. I use also Hydrocoll Thin which was prescribed by my doctor. It' s the same group of dressings as DuoDerm. I hope that it will be allright soon

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    Hello again,
    I'm going to describe here everything that has happened for the last two weeks. At first I have to warn you against some type of "allmighty" doctors. Unfortunately it happened to me. My first surgeon ignored the problem and my wounds instead of getting better started to look really bad. When I called him again he looked terrified and after that just escaped. I started to look for another specialist. When he came and saw my hips he told me that the case was serious and I should come to the hospital because it was possible that my joint may be infected. He also told me that it was possible they would have to amputate my left leg. I was extremely terrified. But at first he ordered me to do close examination. I did it and went to the hospital. It appeared that wounds are deep but the joint was not infected. My surgeon wanted me to undergo a plastic surgery but he also encauraged me to consult with another specialists in order to confirm or deny his diagnosis. So I went from Olsztyn to Warsaw and then to Bydgoszcz to Mr Talar - the doctor who had cured me just after the accident. He saw my wounds and told me that the surgery was not necessary and we could heal my hips at home. So now I am at home my wounds are getting better. I have written all of this because it may help somebody in my situation. These two weeks were really hard and I ascertained that the essential thing is to have a good surgeon and support from beloved people.

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    Hi Igloo,

    After you get completely healed you may want to consider laying on one of these cushions when you once again start to lay on your sides. I healed my hip pressure sores while laying on one. I just ordered 2 more since these are half the price of what I had been paying. Can't turn down a bargain! One "accident" on them and in the garbage they go. They are washing machine "unfriendly"... they get chewed up into hundreds of little pieces. I should know!

    http://www.allegromedical.com/pain-m...r-p213745.html

    You can use them without the cover on if you use a little baby powder on your skin around the wound area and on the rubber foam cushion too. To keep your skin from "shearing" or sticking to the rubber foam. Just make sure the wound area stays inside the "donut hole". I put my hand under them while I lift my hip up a little to make sure that it's aligned in the proper position. They've been a big help to me. Even if you only use them half of the time they'll give the pointy part of your side hip bone some relief from all the weight and pressure there.

    The rubber foam is very soft and kinda molds to the shape of your hip and the bed so I don't think that it cuts off the blood supply to your hip. That's the main concern about using cushions like this to relieve the pressure. I just bought the 18 inch size... I had been using the 16 inch because that's all the other place that I bought them from had. I lay on them with the long side aligned along the side of my body... along the leg line so to speak. Lengthwise. I don't know if Allegro Medical ships internationally, if not you should be able to find them over where you live.

    Glad to hear that you're healing well and that no surgery was needed. Finally caught a break eh?

    Bob.
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    thank you very much You are right I seighed with the great relief. Best regards

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    Preventing Pressure Sores

    I think a Temperpedic Mattress is the best. My daughter sleeps on an air mattress but has a twin temperpedic in the den. She can lay 6 hrs without turning on the temperpedic without any redness where as the air mattress requires every 4 hours. She is very very bony and has not had pressure sores for 4 years before I learned what it takes to prevent them (pressure reliefs, Roho cushion, plenty of protein etc.) AND when she did get a stage 3 years ago ( usually from a hospital stay)....SHE DID NOT SIT ON HER CUSHION UNTIL IT WAS HEALED..period.

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