Monday, March 23, 2009

$1 Cure for Road Rash

So on Tuesday I decided to take the 426 up to the foothills for a little ride but didn't get 200 yards before I was sliding across the pavement. I remember thinking to myself whether to hit the gas or take a sharp right back towards the house. Turns out doing both simultaneously is not a good idea.

I guess it's a good thing I was wearing a helmet, gloves and full cammies because I'm pretty sure I hit my head. Unfortunately the cammies rolled up on my arms and were pretty much ripped off of my legs, offering me very little protection from the pavement.

So now that I've got a fresh case of road rash, I decided I'd better figure out how to best treat it. Later on the web, I found this street cyclist/Doctor who swore by DuoDerm bandages so I decided to give them a shot. Duoderm is basically a clear adhesive bandage that you apply directly to your wound. Once applied, it reacts with your normal white blood cell secretions and creates a sealed moist healing environment. In this environment you can skip the normal scabbing stages and get right to epithelialisation (regrowing skin).

Now I will show you the picturs so you can be the judge:

Day 2 (ouch!)

Day 6 (nice...)This stuff is awesome for so many reasons. Once it's on, the wound is pretty much painless. Too bad removing the pavement from my arm wasn't. It's waterproof so you can bathe as often as you like. It's somewhat transparent so you can (kind of) watch the wound healing. If you have any questions about this fun experince or the miracle of Duoderm, feel free to give me a call.

(Picture of DuoDerm)


abstowe said...

Does it give you new understanding of when Grandpa was dragged behind the truck and turned to hamburger? I was always amazed by his blessing that he would not die until ALL of his scarring was gone from his body.
I might have to get some of that stuff - it seems like it would be great in a lot of occasions, especially in an emergency kit.
Now here's your motherly advice - stay off the motorcycle or Wear Some Leathers!!!

Cindy said...

He was dragged behind the truck? I thought it was a motorcycle accident??

Nanna said...

Actually he was on a motorcycle that was hit from behind by a truck. When he died he had no signs of the scarring left.

abstowe said...

Guess it's good we still have someone who knows the whole story! Hey, ramona - are you all heading down this way antytime soon? We have not seen you in a while!

Jeffro said...

Andra, Unfortunately these new miracle bandages have only given me more courage to continue my skin removing activities. The only painful part anymore is cleaning the wounds and I can handle that every once in a while. Yee Haw! Ride Um Cowboy! Yip-yip-yip yippy-i-aye!

Nathan and Margaret said...

My first thought was OUCH!!!!! OUCH OUCH OUCH OUCH OUCH OUCH OUCH!!!! Ick. but then after the second picture I was like. . .Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. NICE. . . and then about the cook derm stuff I was like cooooooool.

Nathan and Margaret said...

i meant cool derm stuff. Obviously.