Our Stories

Learn from the patients and physicians we work with about how wound care has impacted their lives.

 

KEVIN F., LOUISIANA

Kevin has suffered from chronic wounds since being paralyzed by an injury in 1994. After having to lie still on a spinal board for almost two weeks following his accident, Kevin developed a terrible pressure ulcer on his tailbone. Until a wound care clinic opened near his home, he would drive 70 miles to the nearest clinic to receive treatment every week. For some of his more serious wounds, Kevin’s friends would take turns driving him four hours to see a specialist.

Though he continues to develop pressure sores related to his original injury, with continued wound care treatment, Kevin can lead a fulfilling life. He trains and breeds Labradors, and runs a program called Wheels on Water that helps people in wheelchairs go hunting. However, Kevin can’t escape the pain of his chronic ulcers.

Read Kevin’s story in the Houston Chronicle.

“What doesn’t it affect? It affects every aspect of your life. The only time you’re not thinking about it is when you’re sleeping, and then you still have nightmares about it. I have had to set an alarm three to four times a night to remind me to turn over to keep pressure off my wounds.”
— Kevin F.

ANONYMOUS, TEXAS

A Texas-based patient served as an ER nurse for 35 years when she first began noticing non-healing wounds forming on her legs. Suffering from muscular dystrophy, diabetes, and a clotting disorder, the patient developed atrophie blanche which caused painful ulcers to develop from simple occurrences such as knocking into a broom. Confined to a wheelchair, she set out to find the best treatment for her chronic wounds.

The patient drove 50 miles to visit a wound care center in her network, and was relieved to find that treatment with a cellular product – sometimes called a skin substitute - dimmed the pain. Unfortunately, her Medicare Advantage Plan didn’t cover this treatment or the office visit to the wound care center, instead encouraging her to visit her primary care physician. After nearly four decades working in the medical profession, the Texas-based nurse was shocked that so many of her colleagues didn’t know what chronic wounds were. So when the time came to find someone she could trust to treat her wounds, she looked to the experts at the wound care centers to bring her relief.

“As a nurse, I’ve seen so many patients treated inappropriately and they’ve lost a limb. People need a good physician who knows what they’re doing. Patients should ask themselves, ‘Is my doctor certified to treat wounds? How much time and money have I wasted? How much pain have I been in?’ Be knowledgeable about your wound before you see any doctor.”
— Anonymous