Sunday, 22 December 2013

Eight Weeks Later...

Woo-hoo, yes, yes, YEEESSS!!!  The bandages are off, they're gone, finished, FINITO!!!

My wound has finally closed within the expected time and one of Dr. Umar's senior medical team explained to me that my daily ritual has paid off.  All I have to do each morning is let the shower rinse over it, then dab it dry.  If it gets too dry, the apply some pure petroleum jelly as a lubricant and that's it.  So, I now get 20mins extra in bed each morning and 20 mins back each evening.  Ha ha, this is the best news I have heard in ages.  I feel like running down the street shouting 'They're gone, they're gone...', but I suspect I'd spend Christmas in an asylum, so time to gather ones thoughts and emotions and remain composed, this is of course how we do things in England.

OK, so here are the week 8 pictures:

Well, it's almost Christmas and after working overseas I am finally heading home tomorrow to 'Good Ole Blighty' (England).  Home to see my 2x fabulous children, my beautiful wife, my wider family and friends and of course, finally after 8, long weeks, without the bandages.  What a Christmas gift eh?

As previously agreed and as the wound has now closed, I will change the frequency of blog updates to once per month for the next 3 months, then will change the frequency again.

I truly hope this blog is useful to you.  I wanted to ensure that all those little things that I wanted to know, but could not independently find online would be answered here in an honest, candid and constructive way.  I was sceptical in the early stages as there are so many fraudulent claims of cures and I'm guessing if you are reading this blog, you may, also have experienced such claims and spent a lot of money in the process too.  This is different, Dr. Umar really is a Dr. and not just a Dr., but a world renowned specialist at the top of his game.  His credentials and reputation are very easily and independently verifiable from the U. S. medical industry governing bodies.  Remember, none of that matters though unless you keep up the after care, so throwing money at FineTouch Dermatology and hoping that's all you have to do is an unrealistic approach.  See my week 7 update, it takes discipline!

Have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you and all those dear to you. 

See you in 2014.



Seven Weeks Later...

Discipline, Discipline, Discipline

Today I wanted to share the important topic of the required discipline with this process.  Mark Twain wrote "Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day”.  I like this can-do approach as it drives us to do the tough jobs first, everything else is easy. Often times we see a young guy / girl drive a fantastic car, but few also see the hours they put in at university, the sleep they didn't get, the parties they had to sacrifice, and the 2x jobs they did in the early stages of their career... But we see the nice car and some call them lucky!  Lucky, or did they control their own destiny?  Here's how I view luck:

L U C K = Labour Under Correct Knowledge

Just do the simple things properly everyday and the good things will come.  This is my personal philosophy and I continue to apply it to my healing.  It's a pain on some days, but we must dig deep to be consistent.  I can honestly say that I am almost immune to the daily ritual of wound-cleaning, dressings and bandages.  I seem to be on auto-pilot and just build an extra 20 minutes into each end of my day.  I do it first thing in the morning and as soon as I get home.  The reason for this approach is if I get caught up in the morning, at least my dressings are changed immediately after my shower so it's one less thing to worry about if I need to rush out the door for any reason.  Conversely, if I get home late and perhaps fall asleep on the settee (sofa / couch), then the last thing in the world I then want to do is get up and change my dressings.  This may seem obvious now, but believe me, these little daily disciplines keep you ahead of the game on those off days that we 'all' have.

Anyhoo, lesson over and here are the results of my committed approach after 7 weeks:

The wound is looking good almost completely closed.  Dr. Umar and his team did their part, this part is down to me, those little daily disciplines are certainly paying off! :-)

Until next time...

Friday, 6 December 2013

Six Weeks Later...

Photos taken by me this morning (hence the short range) after cleaning the wound with Videne.  Notice how the wound continues to close.  I also observed a wrinkly bit at the bottom of my neck, but no concern from me as I also observed a similar thing on the back of the neck of a patient I met in L.A. who had his surgery 3 months prior to mine.  I loved what I Saw and feel that the photos on the FineTouch site don't necessarily do justice to the results I saw first hand.

Anyways, pictures below for week 6:

See you next time...

Friday, 29 November 2013

Five Weeks Later...

Well, this week will be short.  Nothing much to report other than it seems to slightly change in form.  It appears to be closing almost by the day.  This week it looked a little more red than usual, then seemed to settle again.

Anyways, here are the photos from this week taken 'before' cleaning.  I did this to show the 'crusting' around the scar that is taking place.  This is expected and part of the process.  They look closer than usual as I took these photos myself. 

I will continue with weekly updates until the wound closes, then reduce the frequency.

Until next time...

Friday, 22 November 2013

Sutures (Stiches) Get Removed

My sutures (stiches) finally came out a few hours ago - WOOOHOOO, YEEHAAA, WOOP WOOP!!! - OK, that's the emotional bit over with, now to a return to being a typically reserved Brit, a quick translation "What a jolly good thing those fine fellows did by removing mi sutures" - lol

Anyways, back to business - Here's what happened:

1) As advised by my GP, I went to the 'Wounds Clinic' (a specialist NHS [National Health Service] unit in the UK - I never knew it existed but apparently it's been around for 10 years)

2) I gave a detailed explanation of my previous AKN condition to the nurse, then referred to my blog to show progress and what to expect (which she found very useful), then I gave her the details from Dr. Umar

3) Sutures removed without any pain or discomfort and a basic dressing applied for my journey home

4) Washed hair thoroughly using baby shampoo (the mildest I could find), but was sure to keep everything away from the wound - This was the first wash since the operation for fear of upsetting the wound

5) Washed and dressed the wound using the usual Videne, guaze and pressure bandages process

6) Good night's sleep

Sutures Removed, Pictures 'BEFORE' Wound and Hair Cleaned:

There's is no denying that my hair looks 'natty' as we Brits say (or 'mappy' as the Americans say).  Whatever the term, this necessary process left my hair looking the most unpleasant it's been since being in the Cadets.  A small price to pay for the common good of the overall work, however I was very keen to wash where the sutures had been.

Sutures Removed, Pictures 'AFTER' Wound and Hair Cleaned And Videne Re-applied to the Wound and Where Sutures Were:

With the sutures removed and the scar rapidly closing, I can now begin to see just how I might look once the healing is complete.  So far, everything looks very good and I remain optimistic and committed to precisely following Dr. Umar's every instruction [even if I do ask some seemingly odd questions], especially the advice of maintaining a 'chin high' posture.

The Sutures Laid to Rest... 

Stay tune and will talk again soon...