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Old 24-08-2019, 06:23 PM
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No sense no feeling aye Lewis
No pain, no brain.
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Old 24-08-2019, 07:56 PM
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Finding a bulk billing doctor in Canberra is no trivial matter - rarer than an honest politician here (no, seriously).

Opened up the bandaging today - sealed up perfectly (testament to how sharp I keep my knives) and it seems the blade cleaved and cut the nail without actually cutting the nail bed (hence relative lack of pain). No oozing, plenty of vasculation to the site, so I rinsed well in warm saline and applied betadine liberally, allowing to air dry then applying breathable dressings.

Wife always said I was an insensitive bassturd, so if I lose sensation in my bird finger, it will be more than apt
Come to the western suburbs of Melbourne, most if not all the clinics here are Bulk Billing. Can't attest to the quality of doctors in some of these clinics.
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Old 24-08-2019, 09:49 PM
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Lewis go to the doctor and watch the outcome very carefully.
I got a simple cut on my knee, barely hurt. My doctor set me on a course of antibiotics. 10 days later it became more tender and I had some odd rash running up to my groin. A visit to the local hospital saw me x-rayed, almost admitted, 7 days of intravenous antibiotics, then a week course of oral antibiotics, 4 days in to the second course of antibiotics the rash flared again, luckily 4 more days of IV antibiotics and a further 2 weeks of oral antibiotics beat it.
If that doesn’t worry you I had a friend who also cut his knee, he had finished a course of antibiotics to kill a similar bug, stopped the antibiotics, the bug killed him.
There are no points for being tough.
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Old 25-08-2019, 01:18 PM
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Talking of quality of doctors?
About just over 3 weeks ago I had a sharp pain originate on my hip bone and which over the weekend traveled down my leg, causing a numbness on the left hand side of my foot,which is still there.
I was in severe pain and had difficulty walking.
I went to the doctors on the Monday and because of a very small round rash on the bottom of my leg he diagnosed Shingles.
To say the least I was amazed seeing as I didn't think Ihad any classic symptoms of said disease.
He gave me a prescription for some pills and codine for the pain.
As I was heading to Canada on the following Wednesday I asked him if I should cancel as I was not sure that the disease was what he said and the pain was very uncomfortable.
No problem, go on your holiday,Mind you I was supposed to be doing some walking up in the mountains around Jasper Alberta, which I did mention.
After four painful days in Vancouver and with very little to no improvement
I cancelled my trip and flew back home,returning last Tuesday.
The pain has receded somewhat but the numbness in my foot has not and I still have a limp.
I hope the numbness just like the pain will recede and I will be back to normal soon.
Two things I have learnt out of this experience,you know your body better than the doctor,and if in doubt take the safer option.
Lewis,it shows you know your own body.
I will not be returning to that doctor again
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Old 27-08-2019, 09:59 AM
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Not dead so far, much to the malign chagrin of a select few

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Old 27-08-2019, 10:02 AM
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Not dead so far, much to the malign chagrin of a select few
Really? who would have thought
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Old 27-08-2019, 10:04 AM
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Really? who would have thought
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Or this is proof of the afterlife
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Old 27-08-2019, 10:07 AM
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Or this is proof of the afterlife
I won't know till I get there.
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Old 27-08-2019, 01:21 PM
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Good to go to another doctor in-order to get a second opinion.

Never be affair to get another opinion -- I was a Pathology Technician, so am aware of some things medical.
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Old 27-08-2019, 01:49 PM
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I have a B. Sc (Microbiology major / Medical Microbiology minor) - I have a little knowledge of infection and treatment regimes to counter infection (no I did not bleach the wound site, but I did flood it with pure ethanol followed by poviodine )

Drastic and not ideal, but effective
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Old 27-08-2019, 03:25 PM
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I have a B. Sc (Microbiology major / Medical Microbiology minor)
Skipped the course on using a scalpel?
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Old 27-08-2019, 04:11 PM
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Au contraire mon ami - hence the nice clean surgical cut
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Old 02-09-2019, 01:17 PM
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Skipped the course on using a scalpel?
My first Pathology Job in 1979 -- I was a Pathology Technician, I visited the Home of a Microbiologist from our Lab, where we were to have a Coffee. He opened the fridge to get the milk. Everything was covered with mould.

If you were a Microbiologist like him, no wonder you have your problems, but I guess that you are not like him.
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Old 02-09-2019, 01:35 PM
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If you were a Microbiologist like him, no wonder you have your problems, but I guess that you are not like him.
Nope, no problems. Never did mention I had any, so not sure where that one surmised from? Still alive, full sensation returned to finger. Wound completely fused closed. Nail progressed enough to be visibly separated from the wound cut. Still change the dressing daily and clean in alcohol, saline and iodine.

Living "sterile" is begging for problems with immune system - exposure helps the body adapt and build resistance. I also vehemently REFUSE to take any medicine for colds, flu and other minor ailments. Like one very wise doctor once said - "a week with medicine, 7 days without"
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You are supposed to drink the alcohol.
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Old 02-09-2019, 03:51 PM
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94% pure ethanol does evil things to your liver and eyesight
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94% pure ethanol does evil things to your liver and eyesight
That is 47% alcohol or is it 188% ...Is that the bad one? If not add a third of water...put away all your knives and have a glass or two... and you will know how my legs perform most days..strangley a big drink is the only thing I take for the pain management..not often but sometimes it gets beyond tolerance..I avoid pain killers as I fear adiction would be a reality.
Do you know how to get it to 100% I read how and it's not by further distillation...
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strangley a big drink is the only thing I take for the pain management..not often but sometimes it gets beyond tolerance..I avoid pain killers as I fear adiction would be a reality.
Addiction to serious pain killers is all too easy to have happen.
I know that from first hand experience. Not nice at all.
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Old 03-09-2019, 08:21 AM
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Alcohol for a wound

LewisM. I too have a degree is Microbiology, and - Alcohol on a wound is NOT a good idea. Check the Web.
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Old 03-09-2019, 08:39 AM
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LewisM. I too have a degree is Microbiology, and - Alcohol on a wound is NOT a good idea. Check the Web.
Yup, that is why I said "drastic and not ideal" above It is what I had readily available close by without the issue of dragging out a medicine box with one good hand while pouring blood all over the floor with the other (I was home, alone). Ya do what ya gotta do
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