Infected bedsores and pneumonia are a spinal Cords enemy.
You should get a culture of the wound so they know exactly what is growing. It depends on how experienced they are. I used to be able to diagnose the organism by the smell, color and appearance of the drainage.
So don't be concerned if they didn't do a culture.
You do need an oral antibiotic and religious wound care.
You can help by taking good care of your nutrition.
The body needs the following for wound healing: protein, increased calories, Vitamin A & C and sometimes the mineral zinc.
Super Foods to Promote Wound Healing :
Protein sources - Meat, beans,eggs, milk, yogurt (especially Greek ), tofu , soy nuts and soy protein products
Vitamin C - Citrus fruits and juices, strawberries, tomatoes, tomato juice, peppers, baked potatoes, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts,
Vitamin A: Dark green, leafy vegetables, orange or yellow vegetables, cantaloupe, fortified dairy products, liver, fortified cereals
Zinc: Fortified cereals, red meats, seafood
If you are not eating well:
Eat 5 or 6 small meals a day. Instead of trying to eat three big meals a day, try eating smaller meals and snacks between meals to get enough nutrition.
Make snacks nutritious. Examples of snacks: cheese and crackers, glass of milk, cottage cheese and fruit, ½ small sandwich, milkshake, peanut butter on crackers or celery, fruit or fruit juices.
Some foods that taste good during recovery are not very nutritious. Try replacing them with foods that contain good sources of protein, vitamins, calories, and minerals. For example:
beef vegetable soup
milk, milkshakes, fruit smoothie
ice cream, frozen fruit bar, frozen
If there are taste changes, try a variety of foods to find out what works for you. You may find that cold foods and foods with little odor work best. For example, cottage cheese, cereals, cheesy entrees such as cheese ravioli and macaroni and cheese, or chicken or tuna salad may be tastier than beef.
Use oral nutritional supplements if nothing else works. These are available at grocery stores, drug stores, and discount chains. All the supplements will vary in taste, so if you don't like the first one, try another brand. Also, blending with milk, fruit or frozen fruit, or ice cream may make the supplement tastier.
The Carnnation Instant Breakfast is the cheaper way to go.
Ensure has different flavors but more importantly buy the one with extra protein (unless you have kidney disease).
Take a daily multivitamin with minerals .
It's extremely important to stay repositioned off the wound.
It's important to keep the oxygen level in your blood normal. Do deep breathing exercises hourly. Practice taking slow deep breaths as a normal way of breathing.
Staying up out of bed allows your lungs to inflate to the max in a sitting position.
Do bed exercises to help your circulation.
Stay positive. Think about all of the things in your life that you are grateful for. Everyone should be doing this . ... sick or not. It keeps depression at bay.
Socialize and don't forget ... Use your sense of humor ! Laughing releases endorphins so it's a natural high.
Make sure you are getting increased wound care. I don't know if you are getting home health but you should be.
Staying vigilant on the appearance of the wound is super important. There are so many different treatments depending on the wound's appearance.
Best wishes to you. Ic you have any other questions that I missed, please ask.
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