This is for tough DIY care. I called several different times and spoke to different offices in the VA system before I finally got a straight answer. I told them I was alarmed by the smell of my bandages and if they didn’t want to clean it, I would myself. At first they had me with an afternoon appointment, but then called back and said go with DIY.
Sitting on the toilet, I rested my heel on the side of the tub. We took off all those cheap elastic wrappings. Then I used Apple Cider Vinegar in an atomizer spray bottle to dissolve the blood caked on the cheap bandages. Give it a little time and those things will pull free from sutures. Then I washed the whole thing with warm soapy water, put on a single stick-free pad and wrapped it with just one elastic holder. Then I covered my leg with a soft, thinning leg from an ancient pair of sweat pants. I’ll change it when it stinks again, which is often enough since I sweat a lot right now. No other anti-biotic was use this time around.
What you see is a horizontal suture which was the original laceration from the impact. The vertical cut was to access stuff they had to stitch back together. I’m already walking with a walker and that’s only for stability across large spaces, but I don’t get up that often yet.