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Update - As the Fangirl Unzips!

Well, I’ve been home from the hospital for two weeks, and I’m running out of easy entertainment. But I have lots of groceries, thanks to friends, and lots of fanfics still to absorb! I’m going to have to get my TV fixed so I can watch SGA dvds!

ACK ACK ACK At least 4 more weeks before I can drive!!!!!

Recovery continues - but with a bit of an interruption!


Saturday my surgery incision opened up a bit. GRRRR! I was in the bathroom, and felt something going on more than bathroom things - I leaked lots of fluid from the incision. (Not bleeding, thankfully) I called the doctor and they said go to the ER. So I put a big pad over my tummy, got myself dressed, and by the time some helpful friends arrived, I was set to go.

I was only there about 90 minutes - the problem is about 1 1/2 inches of the 8 inch (or more) incision has opened. I also had to go back Sunday for "wound check" Thankfully, they have a mini-clinic in the ER to fast track things that aren't strictly emergencies.

Today I went back to see the surgeon about the unzipping of my incision. He was very pleased that it was not very extensive. So, I won't have to go to the ER anymore unless something ELSE happens. And I can do the wound care myself - not as complicated as it was when I had the other surgery. So, no nurses visits at home. And no expensive medical supplies - just some peroxide and 4x4 gauze and a pad to protect the wound after cleaning. I can even shower again with plastic taped in place.

I’m feeling ok - not too tired, not even any pain, just uncomfortable. I just need to keep up the rest and healing. My main problem is the heat wave we’re having and that wearing this big elastic "abdominal binder" - big elastic velcro belt - makes my skin itchy and warm. Other than that, I take ibuprofen a couple times a day, and I'm doing good.



Thanks for the good wishes, Flist - It really helps to hear from you! Good health to all!

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aliaseverus
Sep. 30th, 2008 08:19 am (UTC)
OMG!!! I'm so sorry I missed your earlier messages! I've been only rarely on LJ for the last two weeks because I had the flu - nothing compared to your trauma though!!

I'm glad you seem to be on the mend and I hope you keep getting better! And I'm Really glad you have some good friends looking out for you with food supplies and hospital runs!

Healthy times for you!
theantipam
Oct. 2nd, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC)
Are you getting over that nasty flu? I know how being sick interrupts everything, especially things like searching for jobs, having a real life etc!

I'm doing better this week - I have more energy, but can't go anywhere except the doctor's office. next week, I will sneak in a little shopping while I'm out - I can walk around ok, just can't drive. GRR!!

Thanks for your healthy wishes - back atcha!
enkiduts
Sep. 30th, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC)
Oh Pam, I just saw this!!!

Why can't they just leave stitches in longer to begin with. When I had my hysto I had staples, but thankfully the nurse practitioner who was supposed to take them out 3 days after surgery, said he wasn't going to because he didn't want me splitting open. So I had em for another week, and no problems!

Take exta good care of yourself! Poor Pamster! The Boyz are getting ready to come kick some doctor ass and my Dr. McKay beanie is just about to find your providers and give em a good talking to!!!

Hugs from me and the Boyz!!
theantipam
Sep. 30th, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC)
Dang, you figured me out - I really only had the surgery and unzipping in order to get Dr. McKay to come practice his bedside manner *snicker* *blush* Is it getting warm in here? Suddenly I'm feeling MUCH better *giggle*

My surgeon knew ahead of time that I'd unzipped when I had the same surgery for the other side - so he did his best to make sure it stayed closed. He used more internal stitches, and even on the outside used the more old-fashioned closure methods.

This time it is much less open. It is kind of like a zipper that is a bit broken - the beginning and end of the zipper is fine, but in the middle things don't quite meet up. It will heal with a bit of a scar, but then I already had one in the same place.

Sorry, I do ramble on and on about this - I guess those of us who have medical adventures want to share the experience and give advice... Hopefully useful advice!

Thanks for the hugs - I'm sure there must be something to the special beanie healing touch!


snailbones
Oct. 2nd, 2008 12:58 pm (UTC)


Oh no - what a total pain. I hope you're all stuck back together and staying that way... and that's a heck of a long recovery period too - I hope you're not bored out of your skull.

::hugs you very very gently::

Feel better soon.


theantipam
Oct. 2nd, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the good wishes - I'm so glad I have the interwebs for entertainment, or I'd be raving mad by now. I am getting my TV fixed up so that I can watch DVD's again (long story *sigh*) and so in a few days I should have more to stimulate my mind.

(Please nobody notice that the DVD's are all of very slashy TV shows - The Sentinel, Boston Legal, Stargate Atlantis, dueSouth)

Ahhh, I can use all the hugs I can get - they have medicinal properties, I'm sure!
slipperieslope
Oct. 17th, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
Lisa sent me and my Boyz
Dear AuntiePamStar,

Stunt Blair and his Jim were very concerned when the Goddess informed us that you were feeling poorly! We all hope that this picture of the guys would help cheer you up and on the way to feeling better!



Jim said to remind you that biting a bullet will help you with the pain and then Blair punched him on the arm and he yelped. Stunt Blair added that hot tea with lemon and honey was always soothing while Simon said to forget the tea and substitute whiskey. Dr. Joe frowned at them all sternly and advised that, while he was not a doctor and only played them in the Horror Movie genre, that you would do well to heed your doctors advice and get plenty of rest! He also said that no one in modern society gets enough Vitamin D and you should add some to your diet.

All I can add to that is a wish to hear you are better soon!

((gentle hugs))

Bee

Re: edit - my nettiquette sux as usual and I shared something that was not mine to share - I apologize.


Edited at 2008-10-18 12:11 am (UTC)
theantipam
Oct. 18th, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)
Re: Lisa sent me and my Boyz
WooHoo! Thanks for the good cheer from you and the Boyz! Our little clan of Boyz can solve almost any problem, especially those needing TLC and comfort!

I especially appreciated that Simon and Dr. Joe added their advice - and I expect Joel to chime in with "Ostrich Chili has many healing powers!" *snicker*

Hmmm, Rafe probably says "It's better to look good than to feel good!" And Megan --- well, I don't have an Aussie dictionary so I'm not sure WHAT she would say!

I was hoping that my medical adventures would yield a story for the Boyz - but since Jim and Blair have already spent plenty of time in the hospital, I don't think I could add anything they didn't already know. Plus, I don't think they would appreciate being subjected to a script with exploding ovaries! Then of course, the question is WHICH one has the exploding.... oh nevermind *giggle*

Hugs for you and your boyz too - thanks again for the good wishes!
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