Mission Moment: Arlene
December 8, 2020
Did you know that 1 in 10 people in the U.S. have diabetes? If you aren’t living with it, there’s a good chance you know someone who is. Meet Arlene who shared her experience with a diabetes related non-healing wound at the Advanced Wound Center in Olympia. “I can’t thank the team enough, they have so much devotion to helping people get better” — Arlene
For Arlene, what started as a normal Wednesday night, turned into a month’s long healing journey after a fall in a parking lot caused bone deep lacerations on both her heel and leg. Today, six months after her first visit, Arlene participated in one of the highlights of the Advanced Wound Center — the ringing of the bell, marking the successful treatment of a dangerous foot ulcer.
Arlene is one of 2 million Americans treated for a diabetes related wound each year. For Arlene, repairing the foot’s circulatory system, and treating the infections site were the main priority of her care team. Using a combination of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, and special wound dressings, the team was able to promote the flow of oxygen to her feet that would strengthen the body’s natural wound-healing mechanisms and promote wound closure. After just four weeks, she noticed a vast improvement in her wound, and after five months, Arlene’s wound was fully healed.
“Now I’ll tell anyone who will listen” she declared “take care of your feet. Because you do not want anything to happen to them. They are there the hardest ones to heal because of blood flow.” So, when it was her turn to ring the bell, Arlene was standing tall on both feet, having regained both her mobility and independence. “I’ve learned a lot!” she said with a smile “We didn’t really know about diabetes and didn’t know you were supposed to eat well and take care of your feet. Nobody told us!”
Today, Arlene is back to normal and she’s eager to start living her life. Her plans include a visit to the ocean, and enjoying the holiday season with family, taking time to make sure they all know the importance of taking care of their health!
If you or a loved one suffer from a nonhealing wound, call 360.570.3032 for an appointment.