Josh Bailey’s Wound Care Story
Several years ago, I began a life-changing journey that I had not planned on taking. After an injury to my foot resulted in an infection that refused to heal, I was shocked to hear that I had advanced diabetes—a major factor in my foot not healing.
I did not want to deal with what I was being told. I had a great job that kept me on my feet as well as a hobby building custom show vehicles—my passion. I refused to believe that this was happening to me. I went into denial and tried to go on with my life and work through the pain.
By the time it got the best of me, and I seriously pursued help, the infection had advanced to the point my foot had to be amputated. I was referred to the Johnston Health Therapeutic Wound Center for healing of my amputation site.
Support in More Ways Than One
The staff there was amazing. They not only knew what to do to maximize my physical healing, including treatment in their hyperbaric oxygen chamber, but they also recognized the emotional wounds. Their support helped with my recovery. Their attitude and personal approach made me feel like I was receiving care from family.
They motivated me to go to treatment and follow-up care. This time around, I listened to my doctors and therapists. I was 100% healed and was able to be fitted with a prosthetic limb and walk again.
Return to the Wound Center
But that was not the end of the story. Later, I had an infection develop in my left foot. It quickly became a serious threat. The Wound Center folks were phenomenal. They put me on a regimen of daily intravenous (IV) antibiotics at Johnston Health in Smithfield and hyperbaric treatments five days a week for 31 days. Within two months, I was healed and able to get back to my show vehicles. I actually rode my motorcycle for the first time in five years.
Saved My Life
I truly believe the Johnston Health Therapeutic Wound Center saved my life. I felt like I had no life until they turned all this around for me. And I know that if it weren’t for them, I would at the very least be wearing two prosthetics—and life would be very different.