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Where have I been?!


Hello all! Long time no update icon sad Where have I been?! Leg ulcer

Sorry about that but I am intending to get back into the swing of things again soon. I have put a couple of recent pics up on Facebook and will do some on the blog soon.

A very quick update is that if you remember, the wife was pregnant. Well we’ve had a lovely little girl but she wasn’t well at all at first and took quite a few weeks in hospital to get to the stage that we could bring her home and be a family. Hence why I haven’t had much time to update with that along with making our home ready for the baby!

The leg is still sore and the last couple of days also a bit smelly icon sad Where have I been?! Leg ulcer

I will update the blog soon to fill in some more of the story and get you all up to date on where we are with my leg. Thank you for being patient!



Well where do I start? I haven’t updated I know and recently my life has been turned upside down!

Some good, some bad but recently absolutely brilliant but very unexpected!

What am I talking about? Well it was the birth of our first child! The pregnancy has been a bit of a trial and she has been born by Caesarian section 3 weeks early due to complications but is gorgeous. Health wise she’s not 100% at the moment but certainly could be much worse so you will have to bear with me while I deal with life other than ulcers. She’s still in
Hospital as is mother and time is taken between sleep and them and wouldn’t have it any other way!

Ulcers are still with me and are not good at the moment an sore but life as I say has got in the way and I’m all over the place!

Crying is uselss?


I know, I’ve not posted recently but thought I would after a comment tonight. My leg is not particularly good at the moment and we were talking about crying due to it being so painful or just what seems like the hopelessness. My response was “Why, it won’t make it any better!”.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m nothing special but I think at times I’m so used to it, I may feel like crying at times but really where would it get me? Is that wrong?

Sneaky peek


Hi all, I have returned from my break away. I didn’t even have to change the dressing while away despite lots of walking etc. I did change it last night and here’s a sneak peek before I get around to uploading the full set!
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Photos from 4 June to 4 July


Here are the photos I promised yesterday. I have kept them to a minimum if not your browsers may well give up while trying to load them all!

You will see from the early ones the wound bed was a bit of a funny colour. By that I mean the bed had a few flecks of yellowish gunk in them, however I used a topical antibiotic cream which I have been given. Like most antibiotics though it can not be used for to long a period of time without it becoming useless. However, it seems to have done it’s job and the wound has cleared up for now!

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Where have you been?!


I said I would post soon and here I am! It’s been really busy in the “ulcer household”. I’ve been away on a residential intensive course recently learning how to teach! Anyway, that is over (well, nearly as I have to complete a 4,000 word assignment now) and I can get back to updating again.

I haven’t got access to the photos tonight so they will go up in a separate post tomorrow.

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The cycle continues


OK, well here we go. You will probably remember that I have said on Twitter and Facebook that the leg ulcers have gone downhill again. They were what I would have called healed but now, not so!

I mentioned last time (in this post) that there was what I called a blister sack on the ankle. Well, it would appear that this has slowly opened up into a deep ulcer on the ankle again. The start of it can be seen on the first set of images for this update from the 22 May 2011

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Why does it never do one thing or another!


Continuing on from last month, it’s still playing “silly buggers”! It is just in that state of flux which it tends to get in where it won’t quite heal and then again, it doesn’t break down. I may sound strange but at least I know if it’s broken down then I can deal with it. Currently I’m not sure what the best to do for it, cover on the ActiFormCool or not, keep it moist or dry etc. Grrr!

You can’t tell from the pictures but under the main ankle leg ulcer, there was a little what can only be described as a blister sack. The skin rippled when touched, quite strange really! I can tell you it was sore underneath but subsequent changes have not revealed it breaking down again so not sure what it is. Perhaps it’s the skin healing or it’s just waiting to catch me out!

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Monthly update on the leg ulcers!


I’m sorry! I didn’t mean for this to be a monthly update but just the way it is going recently, it’s about the only time I get to update the blog! Last month there were connection issues, this month, the computer went into a meltdown when I tried to get rid of Windows and install Linux, it really REALLY didn’t like it. So much so in fact, I had to delete everything and reinstall XP again meaning I’ve been updating the computer just to get it back to a usable condition. That along with working a week of night shifts has kept me away from the keyboard other than doing necessary installs etc.

I should now be back to “normal”!

30 March 2011

The above are images that complete the month of March. You will see that the shin leg ulcer still has the pin prick marks on it but the main ulcer appears to be coming in and up nicely. The ankle still has some dead skin around it that refuses to come off and I didn’t want to pull in case it pulled some good skin away. Read more »

17 March – 26 March 2011


Continued from the last post, this is the second installment of how it’s been going this month. You will notice from the images and the descriptions with them that the shin leg ulcer has now healed up a bit. Where there were pin pricks of ulcers on them, one did decide to break down but has been caught early enough and is healing back up nicely really.

The ankle while it looks healed is actually quite sore still to the touch. The other thing you may notice from the images is there is a build up of skin around the outside of where the dressing goes. I am hesitant to remove this as I always worry too much will come off and open up another leg ulcer even lower on the leg. I may have to just soak it and rub it with some rough cloth or VERY carefully with a pumice stone. Read more »

01 March – 12 March 2011


I said I would write! And here I am again. Not been feeling very good of late, not the leg as such, just a bit down and sick really. It’s not like me to be honest, I usually just suffer with the leg and get on with it but I think there has been some bugs going around.

I’ve split this update up into two posts, one I will post tonight, the other hopefully tomorrow. If I didn’t split it there are too many images for those on slower connections! It is a whole months worth of ulcer pictures however I have reduced most of them to just two per dressing change.

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Big update, not good news

thumbs leg ulcer 08 02 2011 Big update, not good news Leg ulcer

Leg ulcer on 8th Feb 2011 (click for larger image)

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Leg ulcer on 26th Feb 2011 (click for larger image)

I said I would update tonight and managed to sit down long enough to get the leg ulcer images up and sort out the text for them.

As the title suggests, it’s not been going to well of late. These top two images are from the 8th February to the 26th February and you will notice a big change between the two date. For example, what you see on the left are images of the ankle taken on the 8th and the 26th side by side for a comparison.

You will notice that it goes from being reasonably clear to a very “manky” and rough looking wound. I knew something was not right as it was getting sore and stinging again.

I think some of this goes down to a “bad batch” of ActiFormCool dressings I got. I peeled the top layer off and noticed that some of the gel stuck to that sheet. Not thinking too much of it, I used it and it dried out in less than a day. It dried out so much that I could hear the dressing “cracking” underneath the bandage.

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Catch up and full leg images!


Not sure I’ve missed some but no matter, it might give a better idea on the healing of the leg. It has, I am happy to report, is continuing to improve. The odd thing is that the ankle still hurts loads even though it is probably the most healed part of the ulcers! It really is quite strange. It does make me think there is something going on underneath there but I can’t see anything obvious (I’ve even studied the photographs to see if there is anything I’ve missed but nope, can’t see anything!)

I have continued to remove the backing off the dressings to try to keep the area dry. This does seem to be the way forward in the future. It seems when it gets too damp is when it breaks down. I know that it is a bit contradictory to what they say with wound beds as they usually say they should be kept moist for keeping the healing going but I am always odd and seems that causes me more problems than anything!

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Meditation is a cure?

thumbs pain image Meditation is a cure? Leg ulcer


I thought I would let you know what I’m reading at the moment. Don’t worry, it is relevant! If you read this regularly, you will know that a recurring theme in my posts is leg ulcer pain. I often have to take painkillers like sweets and have certainly had to recently which is something I do not like to do as it has other knock on side effects and have always looked at other ways of possibly easing the pain.

I saw a program on TV the other day about the amazing powers of the human body. This show was specifically about the brain and how it dealt with pain. The bit which got me was the part which went on to state how various people have managed to live with pain and control it to some degree by training their mind and how the brain was scientifically proven to be able to shut out pain.

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Stopped in it’s tracks… I hope!


Hmmm. It’s quite odd this time. If you look at the pictures at the end of the post you will notice that the leg ulcer on the ankle looks quite well healed. However, it still bloody hurts for some strange reason. It is probably as it is drying out quite quickly but shouldn’t make any difference as there doesn’t appear to be any active areas. Perhaps it’s because despite appearances it’s not fully healed.

It would appear that the removing of the backing on the ActiFormCool early this time has worked well this time to heal it up. Regular readers will know that I have had a problem with maceration of the wounds. I decided early this time to dry the wound base out and it currently seems to be the best way to treat it. I say currently as what works one time, doesn’t work the next!

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