Linda Bailey - Beaverton, MI
"Once I got on the right track, it was like night and day. The pain stopped almost as fast as it started. I am mobile again and can do things with family."
Wound Treatment Center Was Her 'Turning Point' in Healing Stubborn Wound
Beaverton resident Linda Bailey was surprised at how painful and persistent a minor-looking sore on her skin would turn out to be.
“I noticed a bump or abscess in the fold between my leg and my pelvis,” said Linda. “It didn’t look nearly as bad as it was – just a tiny hole the skin. But it was extremely painful, and didn’t go away.”
Linda also has diabetes and other health conditions that make her more prone to infection. Therefore, despite several standard treatments with incision and drainage, the wound refused to heal, and Linda’s pain got progressively worse.
“I was experiencing both physical pain and emotional trauma,” she said. “I became so weak that I couldn’t get out of bed without help and needed help to go to the bathroom and do other things. I left the house only to go to doctor appointments.”
The turning point came when Linda’s surgeon, Robert Nunoo, M.D. referred her to the Wound Treatment Center at MidMichigan Medical Center – Gratiot. The Wound Treatment Center specializes in chronic, non-healing wounds that do not respond to typical treatment.
“The doctors and staff at the Wound Center were all so upbeat and kind. Anything I mentioned didn’t go on the back burner – it got addressed.”
The center uses an interdisciplinary model of care, including infectious-disease management, physical therapy, occupational therapy, laboratory evaluation, nutritional management, pain management, diabetic education, radiology testing, and debridement to address the patient’s overall health.
One member of Linda’s interdisciplinary team was Infectious Disease Special Jose Raygada, M.D. To complement her weekly wound care visits, Dr. Raygada began researching the best antibiotic medication to fight infection. At MidMichigan Medical Center – Gratiot, Linda received a peripherally inserted central catheter, or PICC line, making it easier to administer antibiotics.
This combination of advanced methods quickly healed Linda’s wound.
“Linda was very engaged in her care and responded well to treatment,” said Diane Crites, R.N., W.C.C., a wound care nurse at the Wound Treatment Center. “Our goal is to heal wounds within 12 to 16 weeks, and in her case we got excellent results in just eight weeks.”
“I would definitely recommend the Wound Treatment Center,” Linda added. “Once I got on the right track, it was like night and day. The pain stopped almost as fast as it started. I am mobile again and have been able to do things with family as well as the simple things I couldn’t do before, such as shopping or making dinner.”
Now that she is getting around better, Linda is enjoying time with her five grown children and 12 grandchildren. She is also taking her health seriously and taking proactive care of herself. She now has a primary care physician and sees a doctor every three months for her diabetes care.
Linda’s experience was also a good lesson in persistence. “There were times that I wanted to give up, but I kept plugging away. I’ve come a long way and I’m gaining every day.”
The Wound Treatment Center at MidMichigan Medical Center – Gratiot has helped hundreds of patients like Linda find rapid healing for chronic wounds. The Center has excellent outcomes, including a 94 percent healing rate and 98 percent patient satisfaction with 41 median days to heal. If you have a wound that has not responded to conventional treatment within thirty days, call the Wound Treatment Center directly or ask to be referred by your doctor. For more information call (989) 466-7020. To make an appointment directly, call (989) 466-7021.