Pressure garmentsMy Pressure Garment,
a 'Jobst' pressure suitwas fitted,
after careful measuring, from my knees to the top of my head,
and including my left arm and hand.
The suit was in 5 pieces.
Waist to both knees,
to cover the Donor Sites of the thighs which would have been the
equivalent of fairly deep Partial
Waist to upper neck,
covering left rib-cage, upper chest and neck.
with cutouts for ears, eyes, and mouth. I even had an Official Looking
card that I carried in my wallet. It said something like this,
'Mr.XX XXXXX is wearing this pressure garment, including
a mask, for the after-treatment of serious burns.'
Even though I had the card I was never game enough to wear it into the
Bank, but I wore it most other times.
Left Arm, was originally part
of the waist to upper neck pressure suit, but for ease of use we cut
it off and used it as a separate garment.
this part with the glove for a long time after I stopped wearing the
suit, and it certainly paid off, as the scars on the visible parts of
the arm are nice and flat, and similar colour to the other arm.
Incidently, that, and my hand, were the first parts to be grafted, so
they got the part of the donor site skin that still had Melanin cells,
and has been able to tan up. Subsequent grafts had to make do with
split skin grafts where the melanin cells had already been cropped.
The top and visible side of my arm showing
successful skin-grafts and the under side showing the spiral scar
Hand.This was a zippered
glove, it, and continual massage by the Hospital Physio and my teenage daughter has given
hand which is pretty well fully functional, and not much difference in
appearance to the other
This is about the time that the really serious ITCHING
begins as the
body sends out heaps of Histamineto aid the healing
Anti-Histamine tablets help keep it under control,---a bit, also Aloe Vera liquid helped to moisturise the skin.
Wearing the pressure garment for the first
time is difficult because of
the discomfort, and the inabilty to scratch the healing wounds. But you
soon learn to slide a pencil or ruler down inside the elastiscised suit
to scratch the itchy spot.
After few days of continual wearing, it
becomes a part of you, and when you remove it for bathing,
you feel as
if your body is falling apart, literally, and you can't wait to put it
back on. I wore the entire suit for about a year, then
continued with the glove and armpiece for another 6 months with the
result that the scars on my arm and hand flattened out completely.
The colour of the scars faded after several
years more, and now after 30 odd years they are scarcely noticeable.
I just wish my knees and hip were as good as
my old 3rd degree burns scars.