Physio review today with my favourite physioterrorist Debs. The conclusion remains that I am a medical marvel. The outcome of a “horrific” accident is nothing short of amazing and Debs even concedes that my policy of steadfastly ignoring medical advice has worked for me. Between Debs and her husband they have come up with a great theory for the odd patches on lefty. The theory is that the grater used for the skin graft was laid on it during the skin graft. A great theory that didn’t survive scrutiny because the left was in a cast during that surgery. I struggled again to explain to Debs that pain is just Ms Nature having a go at me and that, given she has so many people to work on, she will tire. According to Debs we should not have pain, pain is bad and I should avoid it. I have to agree to disagree with Debs on this one, if I avoided pain I wouldn’t have the recovery or even the range that I have now there is no point in being pain free and restricted. Anyway if pain wasn’t a positive thing marriage would have died out years ago!
Our meetings can’t be all good of course, otherwise people would think accidents are a good idea! So we moved to the scars, which are more troublesome. The mad itching on lefty coupled with the angry raised patches puzzled Debs. The strange location of the itching on righty and the red marks that I hadn’t noticed caused even more consternation. The likely cause? Allergic reaction. Great I will change my washing powder, oh no that would be too easy. The reaction is likely to be to the metalwork. I thought titanium was biocompatible but I was apparently wrong, the material used has some nickel content. But surely it shouldn’t said I, incorrectly assuming that medical grade was right up there at the top of the pile. Oh no “it’s not aircraft grade”. Having discussed with Mr Paynter we are perplexed. Surely aircraft grade isn’t intended to enter humans? In fact if it does then it an allergic reaction is probably way down your list of concerns.
I mentioned piercings and my tolerance to them but again they use better grades of metal apparently. I’m beginning to think they used Mechano on my arms. But we do have some excellent advice that I would like to share and that is silicon. Well more accurately it is Dermatix, a topical silicon that reduces keloid scarring. Not only does the great Debs recommend this but it is one of the few expensive treatments approved by NICE. She tells me that it is available over the counter although it may have to be ordered in and it is expensive. A 60g tube of this stuff is £107 online from the manufacturer and I have been warned that the chemist will try to sell some other cheaper alternatives. The expert says ignore alternatives because Dermatix works and works well.
The thing that astounds me is that Dermatix is silicon, no magic ingredient or incantation just plain old silicon. How does something so man-made assist the body in rebuilding? You may well ask, but there is no answer. The website declares proudly that they don’t know how it works, seriously check it out. Now this appeals to me because it raises questions like who thought it was a good idea? and, given that it takes a period of time, what made them keep going? It would seem to be the equivalent of placing a lettuce leaf on your bald patch and persevering when it seemed not to work. Are there hundreds of insane people placing odd objects onto things in the hope of discovery for every one success? The other thing to ponder is that if we don’t know why something works how do we know it is safe? Is it simply moving health skin from elsewhere? One thing is for certain, somebody is smiling having discovered that an apparently innocuous and cheap material applied to scars is worth over a hundred pounds a tube!