When you meet with your doctor about care for a chronic wound, you will be listening very closely to the instructions you are given. As important as changing dressings and applying topical creams may be, you should also consider how your psychological wellbeing impacts your condition. Feelings of depression and anxiety are common in those who have chronic wounds, but these feelings do not have to be isolating. Maintaining an environment that helps you stay relaxed and optimistic can have positive outcomes on your wound healing process.
Seek Help From Others
Non-healing wounds are tough, but they are a lot easier to manage with the support of family and close friends. Having someone to talk to about your feelings can take a weight off your chest. A trusted friend or family member can also help you stay on top of your treatment regimen.
If anxiety is stopping you from taking public transportation, or leading to missed appointments, ask a friend to pick you up and drive you to your doctor’s office or clinic. Although unpleasant, sad feelings are more common than you’d think. Be open with your doctor about how you’re feeling, both physically and mentally. They can offer sound advice and refer you to other resources such as individualized therapy sessions, counsellors or support groups, if needed.
Joining a support group with those in similar situations can positively impact your outlook and help you realize that you are not alone in your wound care experience. You can learn a lot from the others by sharing stories and learning how they cope with their own health problems. You may even make a friend or two along the way. It’s important to remember that socialization will play a large role in keeping your spirits up.
Keep Track Of Your Wound’s Progress
Healing can feel like a slow process. Pictures will help you visualize how the wound is changing. Photos are usually taken at your follow up appointments and can help you to visualize the progress of your wound healing.
Find Ways To Make Wound Management Easier
A lot of patients will experience anxiety about wound odor leading them to want to isolate themselves from others. If this is causing undue stress make sure to speak to your doctor and notify them of any abnormally strong odor.
Bathing with a chronic wound is also much easier than it used to be, as there are quite a few water-resistant bandages on the market. Your doctor can instruct you on how to safely take a shower or a bath in order to keep your dressing clean and dry.
Look At The Bigger Picture
Wound care doesn’t stop once the dressings are on. The rest of your body needs care too. Making sure your nutritional status is optimal will improve your healing process. Settling into a routine of self-care, socialization, and good nutritional habits will decrease your stress levels, allowing your body the energy it needs to heal.
For advanced wound care, consider adding Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) to your treatment program. You can set your mind at ease, as our treatments at RegenQuest are medically supervised and tailored to your needs. Contact us today for a wound care consultation to help us help you.