I've been a C6/7 quadriplegic since 1969 (aged 3). During that time I've done all the ‘normal’ things like having a job — teaching for 27 years — playing first table tennis and then wheelchair rugby at an international level and meeting and marrying a wonderful girl. In those years I've looked after myself fairly well health-wise. There have been some minor pressure sore/skin break issues and one major one. All have been treated successfully.
That was until November 2016 when I fell out of my chair and grazed my left calf. Despite the best intentions and efforts of many experienced doctors and nurses in whom I have great trust, as well as several debridements, the ‘graze’ had become a wound that was gradually getting bigger, deeper, and frankly, demoralising to look at, and often to smell.
Enter Holistic Nursing Solutions and Amy Darvall. Straightaway Amy’s clear goal-driven and very positive approach kicked in. Using a vac dressing has allowed for a speedy reversal in fortune. The odour has gone, the dressing only requires changing three times a week, rather than once or twice a day, and in a mere three weeks the surrounding tissue is granulating and the wound is showing clear evidence of healing. This, I might add, against a background of a patient who has terminal cancer, probably less-than-
perfect nutrition and being on a steroid that theoretically should hinder the healing process.
I honestly thought this wound would never heal, and even amputation was being mentioned. Is ‘miracle worker’ too strong? All I can say is I am one very happy and relieved patient.
- Ian Simpson, author of Rolling with the Punches, an amusing yarn about spinal injury and cancer. Available on eBook through Amazon and Apple iBooks.