Gosh, oh gosh, since last February I have been fill-in-the-blank weeks post op from something. I am so glad that the summer is coming so I can spend more than just a few weeks post op before another surgery. I can’t wait to be normal again. I look forward to being drain free, pain free and stitch free.
Speaking of stitches, I went to see DK yesterday and things went well. Things are changing at the hospital since he is getting more and more busy with patients so now he has another doctor help with post-op care.
After dealing with DK 1-2 times per week for the last 1.5 years, it is a little strange to have someone else deal with my post op care but this doctor is really good. She is shy and not so talkative but for anyone who knows DK she is great to have to deal with because she is so much more gentle ( sorry DK).
Anyways so I went to see DK and saw this doctor first. She checked my belly button and said things were healing well but just to be safe decided to be extra careful with my bad belly button history and used some glue on certain parts. This is only the second time I have had glued on me, but the glue really seemed to work the last time DK used it on me so fingers crossed my belly button will heal fast with the glue.
Next she took a look at my back. Since I don’t have eyes in the back of my head, though I can see some parts of the incision looking at the rest of the incision with a mirror just doesn’t have the same feeling of seeing something heal with my own eyes. Therefore a doctor taking a look at my back makes me feel better.
Again she said things were looking good and then even started to remove some of my stitches! I was a little surprised because I am only one week post op this surgery and the last surgery I kept all my stitches in for over a month but I guess since this is new untouched skin, it is healing faster. Yaaayyyy 🙂
DK then stopped in to double check everything, said things were going well, that I wouldn’t need anymore meds (though he gave me some meds for nausea as it sometimes bothers me) and said I don’t need to come back for a whole week!
A WHOLE WEEK! I know this might not sound exciting for you guys, but since my March surgery I have had to go see DK 2-3 times a week because something was always wrong. My belly button wouldn’t heal or I would have problems with my incision, or drains etc, but this time things are going good!
I also had another CBC done while I was there to check my hemoglobin and it didn’t come back that good (8.0) but DK said I didn’t need to have a blood transfusion, just keep taking vitamins and we will check my blood again soon.
Though 8.0 is lower then 8.9 that I had a few weeks ago, I feel like I am in better condition then a few weeks ago. I really though my level would be higher. Well fingers crossed it keeps going up. I have been taking tons of vitamins which I feel like it isn’t doing much but it is better then doing nothing.
So I left the hospital a little glued up, a few stitches less and still with my drains. I don’t measure my daily amount but I can easily say I drain almost 400cc a day. I know this seems impossible but I have 2 drains and I empty them every 5-6 hours and they are always pretty full. Like I said in a post before the drains seem to drain faster if they are more empty ( more suction maybe?) so that is why I drain then more often. Plus when I am out etc if there is an accident and the drains leak or someone sees them I don’t want them to see a full drain. Up until 3 days ago the fluid was still dark and almost red but now they are a lighter organgey colour. Hopefully when I see DK in a week ( well Thursday as I hate Saturdays because its always too busy at the hospital) I can have maybe one of the drains removed. Fingers crossed guys 🙂
Anyways on to the most exciting part of any post…. photos!
Everything looks good in the front. C’mon belly button heal so I can be stitch free!
Same with my left side. I ❤ only having one incision which means only one scar!
Now here is an interesting thing about my right side. Here I look normal but when I look down I see a little bulge and I tried to capture it and was successful.
If I turn in a little different way, there it is. I hope it is just swelling or fluid from my back but who knows. Either way there is nothing I’ll do about it just fingers crossed it goes down.
Things are looking good with the incision. You can see some areas where there aren’t as many stitches. I feel like my body looks a little strange, since now my upper back is bigger then my lower back.
And saving the best for last here are my legs. Lovely aren’t they? Luckily it doesn’t hurt as much as it looks. Soon those bruises will migrate south down my calves, to my ankles and my feet. After that I will be normal again 🙂
I haven’t stepped on the scale since I left DK’s on Tuesday. I know I won’t like the number and it isn’t my true weight so why bother right?