I believe I might have figured out what’s causing me such grievous problems.
The nurses, district and hospital, use a very coarse, tubular, mesh (can’t recall what it’s called), usually next to the skin to hold antiseptic dressings in place.
The trouble is, it’s so coarse, and my skin is so fragile, that if I rub it to ease an itch,** or pain, even through 4 layers of compression, or simply just flex my feet, ankles or legs, it strips off the skin with the efficiency of a grater, hence the hand-sized lesions, which then leak and make everything far worse.
**Itching is soul destroying, far worse than pain, and this mesh, plus a cheap and nasty absorbent pad called Xupad, which seems to be designed to hold the corrosive lymphatic fluid tight against the skin are the major causes for me, at least, but does anyone listen? No, they bloody don’t, but by Christ they’re going to in future.
On Tuesday, I had an aux nurse I’d not seen before, and she let slip that many people have problems with the mesh, but when I tried to draw her out, she clammed up. But why? If there’s a problem with this product, the patients surely have a right to know.
I’m hoping that tomorrow, Thursday, I’ll get one of my regular nurses, and I’ll be able to pry loose some information, but whether I do or not, as far as I’m concerned this mesh is a major liability, and I want no further part of it. Any antiseptic dressings they need to use can be secured by a conventional cotton bandage, or even just by the absorbent pads, which often happens.
Have I found a solution, at least in part? I believe so, but watch this space…