Medical Update 8/22/2018

I haven’t posted an update on Darlene’s health lately because of lack of progress or news. We left Delaware and headed to Florida where we feel we can remain indefinitely until her leg finishes healing.

As soon as we got here, we made an appointment at a wound care center. The doctor there has indicated that the large wound on her leg will not heal without ample blood flow, and right now there doesn’t appear to be sufficient blood available. They have her scheduled for an ultrasound arterial evaluation and will determine if blood flow can be improved or enhanced. Depending on that will determine how quickly or successfully this wound can heal. Without pictures, I’ll just say she has an approximately 2-inch circular area on the side of her right calf which has not healed and has dead tissue all the way down to the muscle layer (about 1/4 inch deep).

We’d appreciate your continued prayers, specifically that tests will indicate sufficient arterial blood supply, and/or that sufficient blood supply can be provoked to institute healing. Also that doctors will be able to successfully devise a wound care regimen that will save Darlene’s leg. Yes, that has been mentioned as a possible negative outcome if this wound cannot be healed. Prayers also needed for peace and confidence during this process.

5 thoughts on “Medical Update 8/22/2018

  1. I don’t know you, but I found yr feed on Facebook and believe it may be providential. I was reading about yr wife’s wound, originally diagnosed as cellulitis, and wanted to let you know of perhaps another potential diagnosis, especially since it doesn’t seem to be responding to antibiotics. My son had the same misdiagnosis and went to the Cleveland Clinic where he was diagnosed with a rare, what they believe to be an autoimmune disease, called Pyoderma gangrenosum. Not a doctor, wound specialist, or infectious disease doc in a Cincinnati hospital network where we live knew what it was. They said he was a mystery and released him. He couldn’t walk and the pain was unbearable. He went to a rheumatologist (they are often referred to) and was given Prednisone and Dapsone. It took a few months for the place on his leg to heal and he will periodically get some eruptions, but right now seems to be in remission. Thank you, Jesus. Many times patients with PG hv underlying autoimmune diseases, i.e., Crohn’s, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, etc. Anyway, felt led to share after reading this and seeing pics. Praying that yr wife is healed and it’s not PG, but knowing gives you a stronger course of action. Blessings,
    Rhonda Ford
    Mason OH


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