Ren, I agree, NF is a horrible infection, I had never seen (or smelled) anything like it until my mom had it and hope I never do again. I am sorry you lost your
mom to it.
My mom was one of the lucky people who contract it. A week after her cat bit her on the front of her shin the wound went from healing to NF overnight.
At 9pm, before she went to work, I wrapped a dime sized scab on the front of her shin with Kerlex (so her scrubs
wouldn't rub on it).
At 6:30 the following morning it was 3", black, oozing and foul smelling.
At 9am at the doctor's office it was 5".
At 12:30 when they took her to surgery to debride it was 10" X8". I was told 12 more hours and she would have lost the leg, 24 and it would have been her life.
The plan was to do skin grafts "a couple of weeks" after the debridement. Mom refused (she didn't want to go thru grafting), saying she was 70 and didn't care about having a pretty leg. The plastic surgeon told us it would *never* heal but invited us to try. She learned the value of NS wet to moist dressings QID when it was fully healed in 4 weeks.