Patient Testimonial: Catherine’s Story
Catherine’s journey started in 2008, with a small sore on her left leg. A common occurrence for people living with diabetes, she didn’t give it much thought. Then another developed, and another. And then they began appearing on her right leg. Her daughter insisted she see a wound specialist.
That wound specialist recommended amputations of her lower legs, which was not what Catherine wanted. That’s when she came to the Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine at Nazareth Hospital.
Steven Wilbraham, MD, medical director of Nazareth’s program, and Dr. Renata Milman, a podiatrist, have been “absolutely essential” to the ongoing progress she has made, Catherine said.
“They are very skilled, and they are not afraid to try new things,” she said. “They keep an open mind, which is so important.”
“They are very skilled, and they are not afraid to try new things.”
She comes for full-day treatments at Nazareth Hospital one day per week. Catherine appreciates the patient transport van, which accommodates her electric wheelchair. Debriding—or deep-cleaning—the wounds, is followed by medication applications and special wraps which allow the wounds to heal most effectively. Skin grafts have also helped resolve several of the wounds.
A home care nurse visits her every day as well, to assist with additional wound care. Boxes of supplies are delivered to her home, to make that care easier.
Her diabetes, along with her psoriatic skin and her arthritis, make her case complex. The staff takes extra care in treating her wounds—and her spirit.
“The nurses and doctors are just so good,” Catherine says. “Their approach helps me every day.”