Google* searches tell me that the skin graft site is harder to heal than the donor site and I have to take serious issue with this!
On a positive note I am the right age to be a google doctor, sound odd? Well it’s perfectly logical when you consider the three ages of google users:
Too young – With no real understanding of the world outside of the web everything is believed with no balance. So you get people not taking lithium prescribed for their psychosis because a 15 year old blogged that it gave her acne!
Just right – This is where I reside, I study the net for advice but am experienced enough to be selective with the results. Ok sometimes I’m selective based on knowing the answer I want rather than any technical grounds but nonetheless its a useful tool in a wider armoury.
Too old – At this stage google is a step too far for them and the Internet is best left for the grandchildren, during this stage you won’t even use google to look up the doctors number because ‘we did perfectly well before the Internet’
So google today advised me that a bath and good soak of the donor site was in order, obviously the donor site was kept covered till the end. I soaked away the dried exudate and started bleeding quite heavily but I persevered and the blood slowed down, the wound cleaned up quite well and was looking the best it’s looked for a while.
New dressing fashioned from my now extensive medical supplies and quite pleased with myself.
Below are two pictures so you can compare and see if you agree that the graft site is slower than the donor! As a point of scale the length of the wound on my leg is exactly 12″ which is handy given that is the largest dressing size.
* other search facilities are available (apparently)