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« Reply #60 on: October 07, 2009, 06:54:41 AM »

Maggot therapy is gross. Saw a video where it was done half-assed in some eastern european country and the dude's leg was crawling with flies and he just died in some tent.  Buggedout

Yeah, it looks gross, but when done properly it can save things from having to be cut off.  Lots of people with diabetic ulcers get infections that are completely resistant to antibiotics.  No infection can resist being eaten by a maggot though, and they don't harm good tissue.  The ones used in proper therapy are sterilized before they're used.

Again, it is gross sounding, but it's been saving a lot of lives.  

Problem is, I'm told, is that a lot of doctors are unaware/unwilling to try the treatment.  There are different reasons why, some say it's just ignorance, others says it's cause maggots are relatively cheap compared to surgery and antibiotics and doctors don't want to lose out in the money department (although I'm hoping that's only true in a small percentage of the medical profession.)
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« Reply #61 on: October 07, 2009, 06:55:56 AM »

I suggested that to my docs when they were discussing the amputation and they were not willing to try it. However fortunate for me, they didn't have to amputate the leg either.

Well, I'm just glad to hear you're all better!  :)

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Either he's dead or my watch has stopped!

« Reply #62 on: October 10, 2009, 12:38:29 AM »

...I had to get a taxi round to a few places, as I don't have anyone to do that for me. I got some shopping delivered, so I'm alright for now.
How's it going now, Chris?

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« Reply #63 on: October 10, 2009, 05:11:37 AM »

Infection has gone down a bit, still on antibiotics and painkillers though. The nurse gave me a telling off and I decided it best not to try and rush back to work. So, I'm just cooped up at my place again for now, with another dressing to be done on Monday.

I shall survive.  Smile

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