Why we Wear Our Shoes

Well, while I was hospitalized, one of the kids stepped on a nail. His whole leg had swollen before he was taken to the doctor–most likely because he didn’t want anyone to know about the wound. Anyways I thought I would show you all some pictures and send a special thank you to Terri for the M3 Tegaderm Foam.

I don’t know exactly what is going on here, but I believe it is some type of drying agent that is a form of traditional medicine because I know nothing about this product from nursing school. Either way, it has done a good job forming a¬†barrier¬†over the wound, but boy was this little kid in pain while I was debridling all his dead tissue. He should be set for the next few days. I am just praying over this little foot that the infection doesn’t come back!

It just dawned on me I got a picture of his bandage, but forgot to get a picture of his clean wound.

5 Responses to Why we Wear Our Shoes

  1. LM says:

    Oh Thank you Dear Lord for putting Elizabeth where she is today, she is doing Your Work. Blessings for that child and heal him. Lilly

  2. Lady Anne says:

    Elizabeth, here is a link to site I visit very often. http://honeyrockdawn.com/page/2/ This lady found one of her cattle wrapped up in barbed wire, with a NASTY gash on his leg. She used a poltice of charcoal and water to make a “bandage” for the wound. It might be something to file away for times when you are faced with this sort of tragedy and no “real” medicine.

    And yes, thank God you were there when you were needed!

    • elizabeth says:

      Wow, oh my. I have never heard of that but will look into it. I know that there are some tribes in Africa that use charcoal as a preservative in their milk.

  3. goalsurfer says:

    In my humble opinion this is tetanos that normally leads to dead. The patient urgently needs an injection against tetanus if he never got one. Else … arent’t there any specialists in the neighbourhood? I thought Africa was enough equipped these days to deal with this kind of trouble.

    • elizabeth says:

      It is not tetanus. In fact, in the year that I have been working hear, I’ve not seen a single case of tetanus–just tones of staff infections. However, his parents did take him to the hospital and he did received an injection for tetanus as soon as they saw the injury,so he is protected. The doctor has also placed him on broad spectrum antibiotics. The doctor said it looked really nasty and was infected, but that he had no worries and that the boy would be ok. He did tell me it would take a very long time to heal though. I appreciate you question! !

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