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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!


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!!
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!



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