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Trouble With Incision

January 22nd, 2016 at 07:07 pm

I got my stitches out yesterday morning. A couple of times yesterday evening, I felt a slight pull in the incision area. Last night I went to get a good look in the mirror, and what do you know? My entire incision (about 3.5 inches) was gaping open.

So a trip to the ER, and I learned that it cannot be stitched back together. The risk of infection is higher if they stitch it again than if they leave it alone and let it heal on its own. They dressed and packed the wound.

I went to my surgeon's office this morning. He was in surgery, but his nurse looked at the wound and redressed it. The ER had given me an Rx for an antibiotic. The surgeon's nurse confirmed that is what the surgeon typically prescribes. She gave me some supplies and sent me on my way, promising to call after she speaks with the surgeon.

It isn't too painful, but frankly is very gross. The scar will no longer be the tiny barely-visible line the surgeon promised, but I don't even care. It's just below my left armpit, which is hardly an area receiving a great deal of exposure.

SB drove me last night and again this morning, and the nurse showed him how to press the wound together with steri-strips.

I am at work now and being very conservative with my movements.

My medical expenses this month are high. Two $250 co-pays, $93.08 to the allergy doctor, and two extra prescriptions (the other was for pain pills following surgery). I am definitely over budget on "everything else", but it cannot be helped.

I have $200 in cash in my wallet from SB for rent which I will deposit into savings later today. We have agreed that he will pay me $200 twice per month (he gets paid on the 5th and the 20th) starting with his 1/20 paycheck. So, that is my first bit of progress towards rebuilding savings.

5 Responses to “Trouble With Incision”

  1. patientsaver Says:

    Oh my gosh. I'm so sorry, Petunia. Keep an eye on it and be careful. I remember after my surgery years ago I thought the 6 inch incision could possibly be infected as it looked a little red to me. I saved myself an hour drive down there by taking a photo of my stomach and emailing it to the doctor, who told me it looked fine, no worries.

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Oh my, that's not good! I hope you have no more issues with it.

  3. NJDebbie Says:

    I hope your wound heals well and soon! ((HUGS))

  4. Livingalmostlarge Says:

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

  5. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Sorry to hear this, hoping that there will be no infection.

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