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As a caregiver myself, I know the last thing any of us needs is to waste time on the internet trying in desperation to find products and or information to help you. There is no advertising on my blog and every product I write about is one that I have used personally in caring for my parents. Miracle Mist Plus is truly a pressure sore treatment that works. It is an all natural spray (now in a gel too) that helps regenerate skin tissue. It can literally heal pressure sores. Please go to their website and learn about this amazing product http://www.woundcarespray.com/. The before and after pictures from people who have used Miracle Mist Plus on various types of pressure ulcers were what convinced me to try it. After you have ordered your own bottle from one of the many distributors listed on the Miracle Mist web site, I used http://www.livewellmedical.com/, please return to this blog and read about how Miracle Mist Plus healed my mom’s pressure sore.
When my mom was confined to a hospital bed, back in late June 2010, she was very ill and hardly moved. Since that time she has recovered but till remains bed ridden. My mom always has some kind of socks on her feet for warmth and likes to cross them at the ankles in the same way with her right foot over her left as shown below:
The socks are Charter Club brand carried by Macy's. They are called butter socks and were sold in packs of 2 pair in autumn of 2010. I bought them for me, my mom and several friends as Christmas gifts. Unlike other socks of this type these retain their soft texture and shape after multiple washings. Unfortunately, they didn’t have them last year, maybe this year. Another great company is Garnet Hill, http://www.garnethill.com. They have wonderful cotton sheets including extra long twin, the size needed for a hospital bed mattress. These sheets are soft and fluffy out of the package and have never been scratchy or irritating. Being from a family of sensitive skinned people, I highly recommend them.
Up until March of this year we had been pressure sore free. Unfortunately that is no longer the case. I don’t know if it was the unusually warm weather, in the 80’s, the tear in her mattress cover under the bottom sheet, the fact I removed her socks to keep cool, that she always kept her feet crossed in the same position or a combination of all of the above. But my mom, in less than 2 days, developed a Stage II pressure sore on her left heel. It was red, warm to the touch, did not blanch, and resembled a fluid filled blister. Bernice and I called it Stage II based on the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panels description of the four types of pressure sores, see the link below: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/bedsores/ds00570/dsection=symptoms
For additional information, also see the links from Part 1 of this blog’s pressure sore series.
Of course I freaked and cried for days blaming myself that I should have caught it sooner. Thankfully, I am blessed that our caregiver Bernice is specially trained in wound care. She not only slapped me back in to reality but assured me that no matter how diligent you may be that sometimes developing a bedsore is unavoidable. I cried some more. She also informed me that heel pressure sores are the most common. This didn’t make me feel any better, but did switch me into active pressure sore prevention mode. I had purchased a hospital fleece bed pad (shown below) back in 2010, but did not put it to use until her pressure sore occurred. REALLY STUPID, remember nearly all pressure sores are preventable. My only comfort was that my mom’s pressure sore was not causing her any pain. This is the picture from the medical sheepskins website http://www.medicalsheepskins.com/
Bernice and I placed the fleece pad under the bottom sheet, because it was bunching up too much when it was directly under her. This also makes it easier when pulling her up in the bed. My mom is a chic petite, 5 foot 3 inches tall, so the 32 x 60 inch pad is the perfect size protection for her entire body. The fleece is also a wonderful cushion and will definitely help prevent the development of any future issues. I don’t know if this size comes in the urine resistant treated fleece, but so far the disposable blue under pads have been adequate protection against accidents. All fleece products are machine washable and seem to get more fluffy and pliable with each wash. Note: this pad is only 32 inches wide with a stiff sewn border. This edge may prove a source of discomfort or irritation on a larger person. Medical sheepskins also have fleece pads that do not have a finished edge.
In addition to daily monitoring and keeping my mom’s heel clean, dry and moisturized, Bernice suggested getting pressure booties to keep that foot elevated. I bought a pair of booties shown below from http://www.mountainmedical.com. The price is reasonable and they are machine washable. The medical sheepskin site also has booties too.
My mom wore the bootie on her left foot for 2-3 hours a day and within a couple days the heel was markedly improved. She only really kept it on while she was sleeping otherwise she was literally kicking it off every 10 minutes, potentially causing more friction to the heel. We then tried to stop using the bootie, however, the healing process seemed to slow down dramatically and the extreme redness returned. After six weeks with these methods, we only managed to get her pressure sore to a borderline Stage I-II. She still had a mushy, soft spot similar to my dad’s and the skin was still very red, dry and cracked. In addition, the bootie was extremely uncomfortable for her. It was too high and we had to add a folded towel under her knee so she didn’t have pain in her back. Her foot doctor didn’t seem to think her sore was beyond a Stage I, but said to continue with the bootie.
Motivated by guilt, desperation and the fact the healing of her pressure sore seemed to be progressing too slowly, I googled pressure sore treatments and found Miracle Mist Plus. One of my mantras as a scientist is to question everything. For all I knew these people could be charging money for bottled river water. Highly skeptical I read every inch of the website, including the clinical trials, and then I came to the testimonials and actual pictures before and after using Miracle Mist Plus. I was really impressed. I thought to myself, this was either a very cruel money making scheme or the real deal. And so I bought one bottle of Miracle Mist Plus. Before putting anything on my mom, I decided to try it on myself. I had been doing some spring trimming of the rose bushes and had several deep cuts and scratches on my arms from the process. I sprayed the scratches on one arm but not the other. Within an hour, I noticed an improvement and by the next day marked accelerated healing of the treated scratches compared to untreated. In addition, I had no redness, itching or other type of reaction. Okay, now will this stuff really work on my mom’s pressure sore?? I decided to set up the following experimental parameters to test Miracle Mist Plus.
- Apply Miracle Mist Plus as directed only twice a day, 12 hours apart.
- Do not use the bootie (the fleece is on her bed permanently)
- Cover her left foot with a light cotton anklet and pink socks on top
- Do not use any powder or lotion or any other product
- Take pictures on Days 1, 3, 5, 7, 14 and 30 at the same time with same camera phone settings. Bernice has a much better camera on her HTC Android 4G phone and took all the photos using the default camera settings +/- flash. Only the pictures that best represented how my mom’s heel actually appeared were used in the composite below.
The results are nothing short of AMAZING…
Day 1 was seven weeks after the formation of the pressure sore. The heel is very red all over with an even darker red center (arrow). There is a dead skin border where the outer layer of the blister had sloughed off. Bernice and I agreed that at this point it was most likely a borderline Stage I-II ulcer. By Day 3, there was a noticeable improvement. The outer border began to disappear and while still very red, the color was more uniform and didn’t seem to extend so deep. There was continued healing on Day 5 and Day 7. It is quite obvious that Miracle Mist Plus is able to penetrate into the deep layers of epidermis and dermis, providing hydration and stimulating the natural healing process. Seven weeks of topical lotions and foot elevation did nothing even close to what Miracle Mist Plus did in a matter of days. Day 14 – Day 20 her pressure sore appeared more red than pink with a new area looking very dark (arrow) with a dead surface skin border (right edge). My mom does kick off her socks every so often. I discovered that her bare heel was coming in contact with the blue plastic edge of the one of the under pads whenever she would bend her knees. I have since double checked my blue pad placement. There were also some very warm days, which may have led to increased perspiration. After Day 20, I decided to increase Miracle Mist Plus application to 4 times a day instead of twice a day. (Note: Miracle Mist Plus recommends several applications daily. I arbitrarily started with two.) From that point the healing process continued to improve with each day. By Day 30 her heal looks almost completely restored to normal. It is very light pink and the color and texture resembles the adjacent surrounding skin. This was the only difficult picture to take because the camera wanted to add more contrast, but that wasn’t reality. Day 30 was taken in bright natural daylight and no flash. Since then my mom’s heel has continued to improve. Today is Day 36 and my mom’s heel is looking great. We are continuing to use Miracle Mist Plus daily not only as a treatment, but as a future preventative measure as well.
Pressure sore prevention is the key, but should one arise, there is a real product out there that works. A dear family friend, Marge, said she used a $500.00 cream from her doctor for her husband’s pressure sore with absolutely no success. His sore was on his tailbone and once formed, they were never able to completely heal it. Miracle Mist Plus is particularly wonderful because it continues to work even when pressure is not being completely removed. Sores on the tailbone or buttocks are especially hard to deal with because of the thin delicate skin and continued pressure on that area, (after all, people can only lie on their side for so long). One of the pictures on the Miracle Mist Plus website is of an advanced stage pressure ulcer on the buttocks. The pictures after using Miracle Mist Plus were very impressive and what actually made me buy the product. Now after using it for my mom, I can’t say enough wonderful things about it. I wish I had found it sooner for my dad, as he constantly had slow healing cuts and scrapes on his one leg. I’m sure it would have really helped him too. Please try Miracle Mist Plus and tell anyone caring for a loved one with pressure sore issues to try it. Every once and awhile something really good comes along. Miracle Mist Plus is truly remarkable product and I’m so blessed to have found it.