Remember when I told you that I had something unpleasant to my calves while indulging in a ummm....bit of creative ride attire?
After 3 days the right calf, which was less affected, healed quite nicely.
The left is turning into quite the ordeal.
Why do I bore you, my Dear Reader with this?
1. It's my blog and I feel like whining
2. It's a riding related injury and a fairly common one.
3. How I treated it is actually very similar to how I treat these types of things, either human or horse, out in the field - and my though I think most of you are privy to my little "tip" on what to use for bandaging material, some of you may not be. :)
Since getting on an actual pair of pants yesterday (even if they were rolled up around my knee for part of the day) decided to go for a run. It was 3 days since the injury and while it still hurt to touch or kneel or do anything that disturbed the wound, it had formed a nice crust and I could ignore for long periods of time without pain killers.
The run went well. The shower went well.
And then I decided to half bounce, sit on the bed to play with Tess.
Through my pants, my calf hit the corner of the bed and just briefly, slid just a little.
I lay on the bed for a couple of minutes deciding that whimpering in pain and having Tess lick my face was preferable to out and out bawling and cussing and screaming in pain.
I hitched up my pant leg fulling expecting it to look unchanged, which perhaps a crack in the scrab.
Instead I saw lots and lots and lots of red stuff. Oozing and running down my leg. And that nice little crust was over on the side, exposing a big 'ole section of raw, red, bleeding flesh.
I limped over to the bathroom, cussing because I knew exactly what I would find.
-Not even a bandaid
-No teflon little squares
In short, nothing that was going to be of any use at all and since it's 30 minutes to the nearest drug store, I didn't even know if I could successfully drive to the drug store, let alone limp into the store with a big 'ole towel clinched to my calf to buy anything. Aren't there laws against leaking bodily fluids into public places?
And then I remembered seeing a feminine pad in the trunk of my car, that I had found somewhere and was waiting to be placed into my horsey first aid kit.
I don't use pads (oops - TMI) so anytime I get samples in the mail (or, friends actually give them to me with cute sayings markered onto them once they find out that I need some to go into a horse first aid kit) they go out to the barn. Pads are the PERFECT emergency bandage. Sterile, non-stick, easy to apply, big, sticky on the back which makes them stay in place very well under a polo type wrap. In short, very good for trail and traveling horse emergencies. If you don't have some in your kit, or you just have rolls of gauze (or even worse, those little gauze squares) please add some pads to your kit.
Now from personal experience I can tell you that the pad also provides protection and cushioning that feels really really good.
The pad was super easy to apply, stayed in place when I wrapped a bandage around it - one that I got from the ER when I broke my arm. It's stiffer than a traditional ace bandage, but still elastic. Maybe it's a compression bandage?
My leg felt IMMEDIATELY better with the pad plus bandage. In fact, I'm pretty sure I could actually ride right now if I had too - wouldn't be the best thing in the world to do to the wound, BUT if this allowed me to ride pain free and finish a 50, I would do it.
I'm going to add a bandage like this one and a pad to my crew bag today.
I've now walked around in this bandage for a couple of hours and it has yet to slip or move. I think that a regular Ace bandage wouldn't work as well, and vet wrap is easy to get to tight and cut off circulation. My recommendation would be a compression type bandage like what I used, since it has stayed in place like a charm, but is definitely not too tight or cutting off circulation.
Now for pictures.
This is what the finished product looks like
Now for the gross pictures - cleaned up the blood, so you could see the actually wound better.