Erik Heerlein’s Weblog

Honey – it’s good for more than pancakes and toast.

Posted in Personal Health Status by erikheerlein on September 14, 2008

The leg is coming along nicely and the only problems have been two separate skin infections at the incision site. It may be true that by not shaving before the surgery, you spare the skin from irritation and possibly spreading bacteria, but the fact remains that you still have hair to deal with after the surgery. And for me, the hair was acting as a pathway for bacteria to travel along and get under the scab and into the incision.

The remedy was to clear out any hair near the incision and scab. I then treated the infections with repeated hot compresses of Epson salts to draw out as much toxins as I could and covered any open areas with Manuka honey.

Now, covering your leg in honey sounds like an old folk remedy up there with putting butter on a burn, but it actually has legitimate medicinal properties and it worked for me. Manuka honey is from bees who feed on the flowers of the Manuka bush, also known as the “Tea Tree”, to produce a honey that has anti-bacterial properties. Tea tree oil is commonly from the related Melaleuca tree native to Australia and is used as a topical antibiotic and antifungal for wounds that fail to close. It also goes well with toast.

I am also now able to put enough weight on the leg so that I can stand on both feet without the use of crutches. This lets me brush my teeth without holding onto the sink and I can also stand up in the shower which is a nice change of pace.

As far as range of motion, I have regained about 97.0524% of what I was before, give or take a percentage point. Which is nice since the docs say that most people find it hard to get back their mobility and if they don’t keep up the therapy, they’ll never get back what they had.

Hurricane Hanna didn’t do any damage here. In fact, it was downgraded to just a tropical depression by the time it made landfall. Other than that, it’s pretty quiet in the Palmetto state. Although we did get a new license plate for 2008.


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