Adapt to ExperiencePotential Leg Ulcer, on my left leg

This ulcer has been controlled for ten years.

I've used Hydrocortisone Cream 1% to prevent infection and stop an outbreak.

How the potential ulcer is responding.

In late December 2012, I began taking two SE2™ tablets a day as instructed.

I began to take StemFlo™ in February, 2013.

My left ankle healing quite well
14 march 2013

This is a long explanation. There is a shorter photographic one here.

First, I have no photographic evidence of how the leg was in December. I never imagined that the ulcer problem would change by taking SE2™. The potential ulcer is caused by varicose veins, and the solution I imagine is to close down some of the main veins in the upper leg by surgery, to reduce the pressure. I've had this done four times in the past, with great success.

Varicose veins are a family problem. My mother had very bad veins, but dad had problems too.

In February, 2013, I realised that the area around the potential ulcer, which is normally red and scaly, seemed to be healing. I became more interested in this and took a photograph on 14 march, 2013.

For years, the leg has painful in bed at night if Carolyn put her leg across mine, creating pressure. A large area around the ankle was sensitive to touch in this way. Sometime around the beginning of March, I noticed that this sensitivity to touch was much less, perhaps even gone.

By 1st March, 2013, the ulcer area was almost completely healed. I wondered it might be possible to remove the remaining scab or blister. I began to apply Hydrocortisone Cream 1% more regularly, every morning. The results seemed good.

Remember that maintaining your health is a wicked problem. In the light of what follows it pays to remember that. You can do things for good reasons that seem to work and then something else crops up. You have to manage your health.

On Tuesday, 19th March. I noted as I got up, how well healed the leg was. There were two tiny separate dots of the scab left. I took a shower. The shower softened the skin around the ulcer area and there was a soft red patch about 10mm across. I dried myself, wiped a little Hydrocortisone Cream across the red patch, and began to clean my teeth. Suddenly I realised that my leg was bleeding, seriously bleeding, blood squirting out rapidly and flooding the floor. It was easy to stop with pressure, but I was alone in the house and I struggled to find a bandage and to wrap the leg to contain the bleeding.

It's now the 23rd March. I've showered with my ankle in a plastic bag for the last four days. I'm keeping the injury dry to promote healing. With the bandage removed to leg looks good. I intend to keep the area dry for at least three more days. Then we'll see.

I've been on my feet all day, each day since the bleeding. I went dancing on Wednesday night as usual. There's been an occasional nip of pain from the wound, but no real problems.

26th March, seven days since the big bleed. Although I've kept the wound dry for seven days it still hasn't healed. There is a small ulcer about 9mm across and 6mm high. It's raw and slightly weeping. Today I resorted to putting a full length elastic stocking on. (I've been forced to use these before.) I'm also trying to put the leg up to drain the blood pressure out of the foot and ankle, when I can do so.

27th March, we seem to be making progress. I looked up varicose ulcers on the internet. There are specialist dressings to heal ulcers, but they recommend compression stockings and leg elevation, with some indication that vitamin deficiency might contribute to the lack of healing. I have never found vitamins useful, but I have a multi-vitamin ST5™ from StemTech. Recommended dose a quarter cup a day. I took that much today, but in three parts over the day. Two extra SE2™ capsules as well.

28th March. Removed the dressing this morning. The ulcer is 10mm by 7mm. It looks clean, but it's weeping. I put the elastic stocking on, and I'll sit with the leg up most of today.

1st April. The ulcer is healing really well. I've no longer got a dressing on it. I'm keeping the elastic bandages on for a day or so, and I'll elevate the leg when I can. I'm maintaining that additional supplementation, two extra SE2™ a day, plus a daily dose of vitamin via ST5™ in three parts over the day.

2nd April. Healing nicely.

3rd April: Spent a day at a motel in training sessions today. The leg is much worse tonight (5pm). Went dancing from 8pm to 10pm. The leg didn't give me any trouble. I spoke to someone about the lack of healing. She said; "It's infected with something, try tea-tree oil." As an aside, tonight my ankles were powerful, and by balance was easy to maintain. Taking extra SE2™ has an effect but not the effect I was seeking this time. I applied Hydrocortisone Cream 1%, when I got home.

4th April: The wound was infected. Hydrocortisone Cream 1% is helping a little. The area is less red and less painful. Another day in training today, but this time the ulcer seems to be healing. At least it's not getting worse.

8th April: I've purchased tea-tree oil and I'll try that. I stopped taking the additional two SE2™ tablets, thinking that maybe they are not working as I had hoped. (They had given me additional energy.)

15th April: The tea-tree oil has been effective in reducing the infection. I now wonder of long term use of Hydrocortisone Cream 1% hasn't created some bugs that are resistant to the cream. The wound is now smaller, but still not healed.

16 April: I went to the doctor for a flu vaccine injection. I showed the nurse the ankle and she offered to dress it for me. This is a waterproof dressing to leave in place for 8-10 days. It's made dressing and showering much easier.

26th April: The dressing was changed today. The wound is clean and not infected so far as we can tell, but it hasn't closed. Disappointing. I began to take two additional SE2™ capsules again.

3rd May, 2013: The ulcer was dressed again by the nurse. There has been quite a lot of healing. My doctor looked at it. He suggested that it will take another month to heal and that before then is will probably become infected again. I told him about using SE2™, and that I expected the wound to heal much faster. I am taking photo's of the progress.

At last here are my photographs. You make up your own mind. I think there is evidence of better healing when I'm taking extra SE2™. However the wound is still not healed. We need to know more.

10th May: Good progress with the ulcer. The leg on the left is looking a bit raw. I've just had a shower and I pulled off a bit of flaking skin.

17th May: The ulcer is closed over. The leg on the left is still looking a bit raw. It's not as bad as it looks.

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More Links in this series:

Urination Problems Resolved
Improved Sleeping Pattern
Increased Energy Level
Increased Feeling and Awareness
Lack of Indigestion
Knee Joint Pain
Rediscovery of my Big Toes
Sense of Wellbeing
Knee Joint Pain
Restless Legs and Hands
Reduced Craving for Sweet Food
Weight Loss
Muscle Injury - Right Arm
Improved Skin Condition
Less Sensitive to Cold Conditions
New 'Grease' for Old Shoulders
Improved Sexual Interest and Function
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The following are question marks, or not happening yet.
Hair Colour (New Dark Hair?)
Eyesight (no change)
Teeth (no change)
Improved Mental Alertness (no change)
Improved Long Term and Short Term Memory (no change)

Taking or Not Taking StemFlo™
Taking Additional SE2™

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