My daughter has had a chronic wound issue for two years now: three or four rounds of antibiotics, surgery last year to remove a ruptured cyst but surgery never healed properly (kept
opening and bleeding, then getting infected), so surgery done again, this time in a hospital, in July (all they got was scar tissue - no infection and no cyst, etc) and the now bigger wound, from the second surgery, didn't heal properly either, and got infected a few weeks ago. The surgeon gave up and said she needed to see a wound care specialist.
So we went to a wound care center. I suggested to the doc it might make sense to check her nutritional status or that the meds might be interfering with healing but the doc looked at me like I had two heads. For instance, I said Crohn's patients tend to be low in zinc, which can help with wound healing, so it might make sense to test for it and he answered, "But she's taking supplements." She said, "But I'm not taking zinc." He just shrugs. My daughter asked him, like she had asked other docs, what she could do for her wound. He said just wash it daily. We didn't go back.
Today we schlepped to another wound care center and the diffference was like night and day in how the doctor approached the wound. She listed at least six different things that could affect wound healing - thought checking out nutritional status was a no-brainer, that of course it should be done. Things were going so well that I tried to appear to be casual when I asked, " What do you think of medical grade honey?" I knew about it from HW postst, the internet and clinical studies, but so far haven't met a single doc who knows about it. I bought some last Spring and have been trying to get my daughter to try it, but she wasn't sold on it. I was afraid the doc would give me that crazy lady look when I mentioned it BUT as it turns out, she knows all about it and uses it routinely on patients. AND she told my daughter that the wound must be dressed daily with the Medihoney and have gauze to protect it. Also, she happens to know Pentasa interferes with wound healing.
So my daughter is going to give the Medihoney a try, and see a nutritionist to figure out which labs she should have done, and we have finally found a wound care doc who gets it.