Goodbye Burn & Plastics!
Today was my very last visit to the Burn and Plastics recovery department at Santa Clara Valley medical, whew! It’s been 4 long months and the healing process continues. This was such a crazy experience and through it all, I can say I am a freaking champ!
“After weeks of doctor visits and surgery, I am finally on my feet again..literally! YAY! Trying to do the most basic thing was difficult, so I’ll def try to appreciate more and not take anything for granted! I am so excited to have my life back and looking forward to all things positive. Wear your shoes on the beach, people! :)”
My long story… May 20th we were at the beach for Khang’s birthday, and I stepped on really REALLY hot sand that left me with 1st and 2nd degree burns on the bottom and side of my right foot. Someone had a coal starter on the sand and must’ve picked it up minutes before I stepped right into the very same spot it was placed, lucky me right? To ease the pain, I kept my foot on a bag of ice. Not the right thing to do, but It was the only solution at the time to take some of the discomfort and pain away. The next day it swelled and blistered up like a balloon..it was definitely time to give the good ol’ Express Clinic a visit. I couldn’t walk at this time, but luckily we had a rolling walker at our house so Khang used that to wheel me in. After waiting 4 hours, I was finally seen by a doctor who seemed quite amused by it all. I could tell he couldn’t wait to cut into it and to take pictures. And he did……ahhh ouchhh! It was quite painful still with one dose of morphine, so the nurse had to give me another. So strong, it made me puke on the way home, sorry hunny! Btw, here’s the man that held my hand every step of the way :) Love him to pieces…
Here are some key dates and photos from some of the doctor visits! *DO NOT CLICK IF YOU ARE WEAK AND SQUIRMISH! THEY’RE KINDA COOL THOUGH” The healing process still amazes me..amazing how the body works.
May 23rd - 2nd visit
May 30th - was told I needed surgery for skin graft Bottom
May 31st - Hospital pre-op (took forever…)
June 1st- Surgery day! (Woke up and didn’t have missing skin from my thigh likeoriginally planned. They used cadaver skin instead. Weird.) Cast after surgery
…Visits to the Burn and Plastics weekly.
June 11th - 10 days after surgery, took off my cast. (Began applying Zero Form, stinky stuff) With cadaver skin and stitches
17 days later…
Now - The bottom looks great! Side of foot is still very sensitive especially after a hot shower. Some pain due to shrinking of the skin. (Applying lotion and scar gel cream) Now Not perfect, but more than anything I could imagine a few months ago.
Looking back, it seems amazing how quickly my foot healed. It most definitely did NOT feel like that during the time. I was miserable, stuck at home every single day. I couldn’t drive and was horrible at using the crutches. Not to mention the daily, painful dressing changes I had to do 2-3 times a day. Shout out to my DABS for keeping me sane through our group texts and visiting me now and then :) Thanks guys..
Hope this is helpful to those looking for information on foot burns. I couldn’t really find any on the internet at the time, and mainly why I wanted to share my experience! Thanks for reading.