When you do something for so long, it becomes normal, a part of your life. And dressing my wound on a daily basis has become normal. I’m currently on day 447. Day Four hundred and forty seven! And on numerous occasions I’ve been so close to it finally healing.

I’ve written about the Ken Butt wound on so many occasions so no need to go into the history of it but after almost 15 months I’ve been on the cusp of finally being signed off but never quite making it. Back in February it was almost healed but reopened and then in early March it again almost healed and through the second half of March I was left to my own devices to look after an almost healed wound.

(Im)patiently waiting for the wound to heal

Towards the end of March the wound had largely healed over and I thought the end was in sight but a slight discolouration in the wound made me wonder about whether it was actually healed. I’ve been taking regular photographs of the wound (using an Apple Watch as a viewfinder and reaching between my legs with my iPhone to take a shot) and sent one on to a nurse who said things looked fine (perhaps a bit of overgranulation). I’ve also seen another nurse in person who also didn’t seem concerned about it.

Current State of the Wound

But as we’ve moved into April, the wound has started opening up again. It’s an extremely shallow wound but the skin the covers it is so thin it doesn’t take much to break it. I’ve continued walking but have resisted running for over 6 weeks but perhaps just the repeated movement during walking is causing issues?

I’ve been in this position on so many occasions I wonder whether it will actually fully heal any time soon. It just seems that it never quite gets there and the skin over the wound just doesn’t get thick enough.

What’s Next?

Thankfully I’ve got a nurse who I can send photos to so I’m going to send a photo of the current state of the wound to see if anything needs to be done. I’m presuming that based on the lack of size and depth of the wound I can still continue to dress it myself but I will need to keep an eye on it to ensure it doesn’t become infected.

Hopefully the post that’s been in draft for a month hailing the healing of the wound will be able to be posted soon!

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Diagnosed with IBD in 2002, I have experienced the usual ups and downs of having a chronic disease and tried numerous medications but the time finally came in 2018 to elect to have surgery to improve my life. I had the surgery in 2019 and this is my journey having a 'New Bum'.

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