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This Week's Carenote - 10/29/08

I take care of my 96 yr Mom and lately she is getting sores on her very thin bottom as she sits all day. Lately she is losing fluid mobility in her legs. I am massaging her legs and giving her more water. The sores I treat with iodine and petroleum jelly. Treat one another pops ups. Would you have any suggestions? I am trying not to lose hope. I don't want to lose my Mom. I have been working so hard to help her.

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Name: Susan
Location: Pleasanton, CA
Date: 10/29/2008
Time: 07:50 AM


Pressure sores are one of the ironic curses of those who are losing their mobility and of their caregivers. My husband suffered from them, and it was a struggle to keep ahead of them. It felt like, "Jeez, doesn't he have enough to deal with?" We know you do not want to lose your mom. But in my eyes, the question is not, "How can I avoid losing my mom?" but "How can I ensure she has the best quality of life for as long as she is here?" Egg-crate foam cushions can be used to provide a variety of surfaces for her when sitting. There are also air-mattresses that shift the pressure from one area to another; I do not know whether there are chair-sized versions. Certain foods, such as those high in Vitamin C, are said to help with skin health. If you have access to the internet, google "pressure sores" and you will find a wealth of ideas. Enjoy the time you do have with her.

Name: Sharon
Location: Kentucky
Date: 10/29/2008
Time: 08:31 AM


Contact a physical/occupational therapy person and they should be able to put you onto various seating options. Mom too has no bottom at all and experienced similar issues - tried various cushions that did not meet the need and finally found one (result of short time in rehab working with PT person there) that is filled with some sort of gel. It weighs a lot but did the trick.

Name: Cecilia
Location: TX
Date: 10/29/2008
Time: 03:05 PM


My husband also suffers from a thin bottom & pressure sores. His physical therapist ordered a ROHO low pressure chair cushion & an electrical air mattress that shifts the pressure around. Both of these have helped tremendously. Lantiseptic ointment was recommended to me by his Doctor, physical therapist & home health nurses to treat the pressure sores at onset. It is truly a "miracle" cream that heals from the inside out. I purchase it over the counter at my local grocery store.

Name: patsy
Location: Texas
Date: 10/29/2008
Time: 03:06 PM


Please try Boudreaux' Butt Paste on your Moms' bottom. Believe me, it will help those pressure sores. I found out from experience with my own Mother. After the visiting nurse used all kinds of fancy wound treatments, I resorted to the Boudreaux' and it healed them up! Every time I "pottied" her, I smeared her behind up good, and next thing, those places were gone. When we moved her to the nursing home, I let them try their wound treatments for 2 weeks; then I took up the Butt Paste and insisted they use it. I kept her bathroom stocked with it. She was clear until she died.

Name: Taska
Location: Marion, IN
Date: 10/30/2008
Time: 10:04 AM


My Mother's Dermatologist prescribed Fluocinonide/Petrolatum Taro RX compounded by the pharmacist to be applied 3 to 4 times daily, in addition to Domeboro Astringent Solution soaks. The Domeboro can be purchased over the counter in the form of powder or tablets. You may have to ask the pharmacist for it, as they may have it in the pharmacy. Follow directions on box. I used it 3 to 4 times daily. I used a several heavy paper towels instead of a cloth as a compress. That way it was disposable each time. I could get 4 treatments from 1 package (or 1 day of compresses). My mothers bottom was healed in 1 week of doing the wet soak compress. I still do them once in awhile when she starts to get a little red.


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