Had my weekly appointment with the nurse to check my wound this morning and was mixed news. The good news is that it looks like the Pseudamonas infection has cleared up, phew. The bad news is that the centre of the wound is still not healing over, which it should have done a while ago now. Obviously, all the medication I take for Still’s Disease means that I do heal at a slower rate, but even taking that into account it’s been going on too long.
So the solution she came up with is to have the area cauterized. Sounds painful, as to me the word ‘cauterize’ conjures images of sizzling, smoking flesh… but in this case they just use a silver nitrate ‘pen’ and so the procedure shouldn’t hurt. The idea is to seal off the blood supply to the rogue tissue and remind it to heal over; she thinks there is a good chance it will speed things along a bit.
Since I was heading that way anyway, I offered to take the prescription round to my GP surgery and picked up my repeat while I was there. The GP himself was behind the reception desk and asked how I was – how nice to be at a surgery where the doctor doesn’t rely on notes to know who you are! He also mentioned that he’d noticed I wasn’t taking anything to protect my bones alongside the Prednisolone and wanted to add something to my prescription. I explained that I’d had CalciChew D Forte in the past but it had made me sick and previous GPs had said there were no alternatives. He rolled his eyes and suggested something called Adcal-D3, even offering me a choice between Lemon and Tutti Frutti – I felt spoilt!
I’m glad he mentioned it to be honest as it is something that I’d been meaning to sort out myself but kept getting pushed aside by other things. I already have evidence of thinning bones and Osteoporosis runs in the family so I need to protect them as much as possible. I’ve had no negative effects from taking the Adcal so far… in fact, they’re quite tasty! (I definitely recommend tutti-frutti!)