In NOLA they have “LUCKY DOGS“… Those of you who know me well might think that I am referring to my bichons Luke and Lucy! NOT! Lucky Dogs are a favorite local mobile hot dog stand! Love’em! No celery salt like Chicago, but a tasty alternative!
NOLA also has a lot of “LUCKY GIRLS“…. One visit to the St. Charles Surgical Hospital and you will know what I mean!
One of the really lucky ones is Adriene. Adriene comes to us from the mid-west. She is grounded, well-rounded, level-headed, smart, funny and one of the luckiest girls around. I am not sure when her luck started, but I know that her luck journey has had many milestones of favor – one of which was landing her super supportive husband! And, Adriene and her better half just seem to “fit” together like… a lucky dog! He cradles her in love, consideration, respect and attention to every detail of the healing process.
Adriene brought me a healing hint I wanted to share with you! When coming in for a wound check in the Chicago office, I unzipped Adriene’s compression garment only to discover a plethora of washcloths. She had replaced her ABD pads with soft, fuzzy, cotton washcloths. I asked her about these and she noted that they just seemed to stay in place better than the dressing sponges we had provider her.
I think using washcloths over your incisions while wearing a compression garment at home is great! Be sure to place one above and below the drain exit sites and in between the drain tube and your skin. This will keep your drain steady and prevent friction on your skin therefore reducing the chance that you will develop blisters. Remember to change out the washcloths everyday or sooner if they become soiled. Bloodstains are best removed with hydrogen peroxide prior to washing them in hot water with bleach.
This is a “green” helpful healing hint as you likely will cut back on trash going to the landfill and should only be followed by those of you with well-healed wounds. Open wounds require more individualized attention that we can plan together.
Remember to send in weekly photos of your incisions on Fridays to email@example.com and don’t forget to answer your phone on Sundays! It’s probably me calling to check on you!
Hope you are getting ready for a fun filled summer attending lots of cookouts and eating lots of lucky dogs while wearing your fuzzy washcloths! After all… we all are pretty lucky!
I do think Luke and Lucy are pretty lucky… and so does one of the TSA Agents at the Louis Armstrong airport! Today, he asked me if I would adopt him and push him around in a stroller as nice as the “Dogger”! Now that’s a Lucky Dog!
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