Pressure Sores

Something my husband first told me when I first started to take care of him was if I didn’t want to be stuck in the apartment for a month, never let him get a pressure sore. I listened to him and have always made sure to address any redness I see to make sure it doesn’t go any deeper. We have been married for 20 years and the most pressure sores he has ever developed was because he was in the hospital and the staff either didn’t move his feet or didn’t roll him. These were not Spinal cord hospitals, even though a particular hospital that will remain unnamed claims to have a spinal cord floor.
Back in 2015 he did develop a sore on his right hip that just wouldn’t heal up. Finally, in Oct of that year he had to stay in Shepherd Spinal Center for 3 weeks after having flap surgery done. The cause of the sore was from transferring from his wheelchair to drivers seat of his van and back to wheelchair. He had also lost a lot of weight during that year, so we had to increase his protein intake to help with the healing process. It has been 2 years and his hip is healed. We now have to transfer him into the van now with a hoyer lift instead of using a transfer board. This is to help prevent another sore from developing. This is an ongoing process to help prevent pressure sores. We have found that the older he gets the harder it is to heal any pressure sores.

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