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#1 TheManFromPOST

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 07:54 PM

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Two months ago, I had a sore ankle. Being a guy, I decided  to tough it out.
That was a big mistake

After a week I decided to see a GP, they described antibiotics.
Three days later I woke to see a mess in my bed and my lower leg covered in black sores. OK, NOW it is time to go to emergency


Diagnosis; Necrotizing Fasciitis (flesh eating disease)
I had somehow cut my foot and let in a nasty bug, which was eating my leg muscles away from the inside
By the end of the night, half of the skin on my lower leg was gone, and some muscle

My leg was bandaged with a plastic bandage, the tube is sucking out the crap from my leg
This is what I woke to;
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I spent two weeks having the wound cleaned up, then I was shipped from Ballarat to Sunshine hospital, as that is the place to get reconstructive surgery done. A week of getting assessed there then of for more surgery

The wound will be covered by a skin flap and skin grafts
A skin flap is a piece of skin and muscle taken from another part of the body
A skin graft is a thin layer of skin scrapped from a third site

Where they plan on taking the flap from;
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And what it looks like after they have removed the flap;
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What my leg looked like after 11 hours surgery;
(the frame stayed on for three weeks)
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What it looks like without bandages;
What you are seeing is the untouched foot, skin flap, skin graft, and untouched rest of me
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After 5 weeks, the flap has taken well, and the donor site has healed over nicely. While it does not look like it, the skin graft is solid to touch, but it is transparent, so you can see the muscle underneath
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A bit of rehab, and I am now back at home.
Although it will be some time before I can get back to work



#2 Rybags

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 08:02 PM

Whoa, that looks like a shark attack!

 

All the best for a quick and successful recovery.  Scary things those bugs.



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Posted 29 November 2017 - 08:07 PM

20% mortality rate

this, with newly diagnosed diabetes, pushed that up to 60%

 

I am now up and getting about, can walk about 1km, but that is improving every day

need crutches to get up and down steps

 

I am alive, I have my leg

in 12 moths time I will have some great scars and a good story



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Posted 29 November 2017 - 08:54 PM

you be livin' - everything else is just down to experience :)

 

but shit, nasty experience at that

 

 

 

pleased to hear you are on the mend; it's a slow process at the best of time, so keep up the good work, and be content to just breathe in, pause, and breathe out... bodies are pretty astounding at doing most of the rest of it without a lot of attention to making it so

 

 

and it's weird how the donor site for any split skin graft hurts way more than the recipient site, huh

 

get well soon-ish  :)


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Posted 29 November 2017 - 08:55 PM

Jesus, dude. That looks fukin' horrible scary. Glad you're on the mend!

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 09:02 PM

20% mortality rate

this, with newly diagnosed diabetes, pushed that up to 60%

 

I am now up and getting about, can walk about 1km, but that is improving every day

need crutches to get up and down steps

 

I am alive, I have my leg

in 12 moths time I will have some great scars and a good story

So very glad . Sorry. I don't have more to say. Words fail me just now.


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Posted 29 November 2017 - 10:42 PM

JFC, I hope you're keeping comfortable for the next few, and thebusiness is being taken care of.


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Posted 29 November 2017 - 11:15 PM

Jesus, dude. That looks fukin' horrible scary. Glad you're on the mend!

Gah not wrong, sodding hell that's some super scary nasty shit there TMFP.

 

All I can say is hope the recovery goes well dude.


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Posted 30 November 2017 - 01:42 AM

Scary stuff.

 

Good to hear your on the mend.



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Posted 30 November 2017 - 08:49 AM

Yikes. Them flesh eating bugs are the stuff of nightmares.

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Posted 30 November 2017 - 09:47 AM

Very, very scary TMFP, glad to hear you are on the mend, I guess the only consolation is they'd be keeping you hopped up on opiates...

 

In all seriousness get well soon and as noted hope your business is not suffering.

 

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Posted 30 November 2017 - 10:59 AM

no idea what they filled me with for surgery, buteach time i came out of surgery, I would have bad dreams for two days only on panadol now

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Posted 30 November 2017 - 01:12 PM

holy shit man!

 

I don't know what else to say except that I hope for a speedy recovery :)


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Posted 30 November 2017 - 03:03 PM

no idea what they filled me with for surgery, buteach time i came out of surgery, I would have bad dreams for two days only on panadol now

Scruffy would know better than me but usually Vicodin or Oxycontin, the former I can tell you from personal experience is very effective in grafting procedures but does give bad drams, never had the latter.

 

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Posted 30 November 2017 - 05:24 PM

You poor bastard. Well wishes & all that mate, I hope your recovery goes well.

A mate of mine up north came off his bike and snapped his femur, then somewhere between the side of the road and his emergency operations to save the leg he got a super-bug of some kind, and 18 operations later he's down a leg, and now only the third person to survive having that particular bug.

They flew him in emergency medications from the US that haven't yet been fully cleared for use - but it saved his life.

 

As I said man, I hope your recovery goes well. I bet you'll be off to the doctor nice and early next time!


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Posted 06 December 2017 - 03:00 PM

One needs all the swears to cover off how scary that all sounds!! Glad you're on the mend but geeeeez man. Take care of yourself!


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Posted 06 December 2017 - 03:44 PM

and what about the hole where they took the minute steak?  that looks gnarly as fuck.  how is that healing?


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Posted 06 December 2017 - 04:30 PM

 

and what about the hole where they took the minute steak?  that looks gnarly as fuck.  how is that healing?

 

The donor site for the flap?
it has been solid for the last 3-4 weeks
it feels like plastic
one side of the wound I have normal feeling, the other side is still numb

the whole thing seems to be healing well, a few bits seem slow to heal, but nothing to cause alarm
seeing the surgeons tomorrow, hopefully they will be happy too

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 11:12 PM

 

the whole thing seems to be healing well, a few bits seem slow to heal, but nothing to cause alarm
seeing the surgeons tomorrow, hopefully they will be happy too

 

Well, so far you seem to have the healing thing on the right track. If the surgeons try to give you grief a swift crutch in the right direction might help ;)


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Posted 07 December 2017 - 07:40 PM

seems it is not healing as quick as it should,
back in surgery Monday :(

Edited by TheManFromPOST, 07 December 2017 - 07:40 PM.





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