Patient leaves with more than just healed wound

Originally published in the Rocky Mount Telegram

Cynthia Floyd

No one was more happy to see 2019 be over than Cynthia Floyd.

Floyd fell and broke her foot in several places at the beginning of 2019 and spent much of the rest of the year recovering from her injuries.

“It was quite a year,” Floyd recalled recently during an interview at the Nash UNC Wound Care Center, which Floyd credits with saving her foot after it became infected after surgery.

Floyd, a petite, blonde whirlwind of congeniality, reflected on her year of healing.

“I broke my foot at the end of March last year. With several fractures to fix, my surgeon, Dr. Hasty, did a great job getting me put all back together,” Floyd said. “It was the end of April, when I got the cast off, that we found out the wound needed some additional help in healing and I was sent to the Wound Care Center.”

Floyd said when the WCC physician Dr. James Brantley examined the wound, he explained that due to the location of her fractures being in difficult places with limited blood supply, it was going to take much longer to heal than she had expected.

“That wasn’t what I was expecting, anyway,” Floyd said.

Floyd got teary talking about her experience at the Wound Care Center and her gratitude for what the staff did for her.

“I just can’t thank them enough. I was worried that I would lose my foot, but they wouldn’t let me give up,” Floyd said. “They’ve all got top-notch medical skills, but the best thing about coming here was how they treated me like family and made me look forward to coming to see them every week. I never had one moment of doubt that they were doing everything in their power to heal me.”

Floyd said after a few weeks of coming in for treatments, she remembers asking Brantley if he could promise her she wouldn’t lose her foot.

“He looked at me with the kindest expression and told me he could not promise me that, right then, but that he was going to do everything humanly possible to prevent that from happening,” Floyd remembered. “And he did. He used old-school techniques and the newest technology and medicine. Dr. Brantley said it would be a slow but steady process, and he was right. It took six months, but they did it.”

Floyd said during the six months she was treated at the Wound Care Center, she came for weekly appointments. Brantley and staff would check on the progress of the wound, determine what treatment to apply and rewrap the wound in a sterile bandage.

In addition to Dr. Brantley, staff members at the Wound Care Center include: Aislinn Braxton, RN, Melissa Duncan, RN, Billie Wadsworth, RN, Dana Johnson, CMA, DJ Lemaire, HBO technician, Jamie Adcox, Program Assistant, and Peggy Wolfe, RN.

Wound Care Center manager Wanda Sohn said providing high quality care combined with treating patients like family is an important part of the office’s high success rates.

“We try to get to know our patients and take a team approach to getting their wound to heal,” Sohn said. “Compassion and respect for their feelings is as important as how we treat the wound.”

The Wound Care Center treats about 500 patients a year and almost all patients must come multiple times. Sohn said the majority of patients need help to treat venous stasis, diabetic wounds and surgical wounds.

After about six months of treatments, Floyd was discharged as a patient from the Wound Care Center in October.

“Looking back, I just can’t believe me, my foot and my little scar on my foot are all still here,” Floyd said with a laugh and some tears. “It was quite a journey. After getting to know all the people here at the Wound Care Center, I know I could not have had as good an outcome anywhere else. I’m so grateful for them all.” Floyd said.

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