No, not my right leg, that’s still progressing nicely – and reasonably pain-free.
This is my healed left leg, and now it’s taken against me. Last week the nurses’ manager agreed with me that the tubular bandage should be left off as it was doing nothing useful.
What it was doing – keeping shed skin confined – turned out to be extremely useful. In bed, this meant I wasn’t breathing in my own dust, to which I am highly allergic (the reason I bought my Dyson DC59, if you recall, as my living room carpet was, effectively, full of me).
Since last Friday, the amount of toxic sputum I’m bringing up while in bed, from about 03.30 onwards, and for hours after I get up, until mid to late morning, has been horrendous. and antibiotics are having no effect on what, as well as an allergic reaction, was a vicious infection.
I did two things to tackle this. First I started a course of intensive antibiotic therapy (1g of Amoxicillin every 8 hours). This did little so, yesterday, after a flash of inspiration, I replaced the bandage on my left leg.
This morning I’m more or less back to normal. COPD makes for a messy start to the day – coughing and expectoration being triggered by the change of posture occasioned by getting out of bed taking place as usual. This, on the basis of better out than in, has to be allowed to run its daily course. Importantly, though, I wasn’t kept awake coughing my dangly bits off for most of the night. True, I slept badly in expectation of it, but it didn’t happen.
So I need to revert to keeping my left leg bandaged 24/7 (just a single layer, no dressing), as not only do I have the problem in bed, it’s clear from looking at the floor that, for now at least,** I’m shedding wherever I go. In bed the sheets rub off the loose skin, during the day it’s my trousers – and I am absolutely NOT going back to wearing shorts!
**The Dermatology unit has prescribed a steroid cream which, I’m told, will fix the problem, which is a form of eczema.