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I went to the doctor today for some small concerns.

It's been almost 2 months since my initial surgery. Unfortunately, there is a 2 1/2 inch section of my incision that hasn't healed. Last week, I made an appointment for today to see my plastic surgeon to find out what is going on. Last night, when I showered, one of the remaining scabs came off, only to reveal a HOLE.


Anyway, I went to the doctor today and when I FINALLY got back into the room (after over an hour in the waiting room) he didn't have the best things to say. At least it wasn't infected. However, it wasn't healing and the skin was dying.

What do they do with dead flesh? I mean, outside of sicking the maggots on it. *laugh*

Say it with me folks.....Debridement.

It made me so sick to my stomach, but he says that this will make it start healing. He also said that part of the problem is my having four abdominal surgeries where I was cut through that section. I can't imagine how the people who are severely burned do this, especially on such large portions of their body. *shiver*

- In the next surgery, he will cut out the ropey-like scar tissue and restitch.

- I have to do a wet-dry dressing three times a day until it heals

- Packing a wet-dry dressing SUCKS!!! It involves soaking gauze in saline, and then taking a pointy stick to POKE it into my wounds. Then, rip it back out and do it all over again. Three times a day!!!!

- I have to wear a bra and surgical binder non-stop (except for in the shower) until probably May.


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Feb. 6th, 2007 12:45 am (UTC)
I'll invoke the truce

Feb. 6th, 2007 01:29 am (UTC)
Re: I'll invoke the truce
Thank you. Thank you very much. :)

(Ooops. Better delete that.)
Feb. 6th, 2007 01:23 am (UTC)
Yikes! Did he say specifically why this happened? I mean, if it's due to so many surgeries, why didn't they anticipate it and prepare (you) for it?


At least if the skin is dead hopefully it does't hurt?
Feb. 6th, 2007 01:27 am (UTC)
The dead skin didn't hurt. Removing it and getting down to the live flesh did. :) Also, it hurts now that the dead flesh is gone trying to put the dressings in the wounds. All I had been doing before was just COVERING the wound.

I've been keeping you guys in my thoughts and that BG's mom can make a peaceful transition. It's good that pretty much everyone was able to go and see her. *hug* Good luck on the job, too. Although, I'm a bit bummed about New York. It's so far away!!!! Of course, I guess that a plane ride is a plane ride, right? *hug*
Feb. 6th, 2007 01:28 am (UTC)
Oh, as for why they didn't anticipate it...who knows. I haven't had any problems with the other surgeries, so we had no reason to think this one would be any different.
Feb. 6th, 2007 02:26 am (UTC)
:( I say we beg the universe to call a truce on our poor, messed-up, had-enough bodies. Hope you're feeling better soon.
Feb. 6th, 2007 02:28 am (UTC)
You too, hon. You deserve it :)
Feb. 6th, 2007 02:44 am (UTC)
Dayumn. So, not fair for you to have more shit to go through. Tell your body to quit acting up and get in shape already ;)

Feb. 6th, 2007 03:12 am (UTC)
Jesus! Ugh. I got woozy just reading that.

My mother had her 3rd? reconstructive surgery on Friday. It went well. She started going into detail but I told her to shut up because I couldn't handle hearing the rest of it. Any one, sure... but my mother? I don't want to hear about her 10inch cuts and stuff.
Feb. 6th, 2007 03:14 am (UTC)
No kidding. I can handle things from other people, just not myself or my family. It makes me woozy, too.

Hope all goes well with your mom on this last surgery.
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