After over 9 years of my husband being a 3rd deg 50 percent burn survivor, life went on and the worst was behind us, or so we thought. 11 months ago he got splinters in 2 fingers. Because he was treated 2 hours away at Bridgeport Burn Unit, he opted to go to a GP to have the splinters removed. Although his entire hand was grafted, who would think for a minute you would need a burn surgeon for something so minor. When the fingers began to get worse, we made the trip to the burn surgeon who pretty much told us we came too late. After 2 unsuccessful amputations he is still left with open painful open wounds and become a major challenge for the surgeon. There is no good blood flow to grafted fingers. We have been taking the 4 hour minimum drive weekly with only bad news to drive home with. He is again in constant pain, his life on hold, with orders to do nothing but change dressings to keep his fingers as sterile as possible. I can't help but wonder if other burn survivors would realize this could happen. Who would think that a couple of little splinters could change your life all over again. We have learned a very valuable lesson I feel the need to share. No one but a skilled burn surgeon should be seen when ANYTHING happens to skin grafts....

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