Just when I thought things were healing well, I notice some extra drainage right in the front middle of my incision line on Friday of last week. At first I freaked out, thinking it was a lot deeper than it actually is. I called the surgeon’s clinic and they told me it has to heal from the inside out, that there’s nothing I can do. So I’ve been babying it over the weekend. However, I finally pulled off the saturated and no-longer-stuck steri-strips this morning, and its not nearly as bad as I originally thought. I think the mystery of being behind bandage, paired with my fear of a wound coming open, played hell with my imagination. Included in this post is an actual photo of how open it is. It’s probly about 1/3 of an inch deep, but keeps closed with tight bandaids, enough to keep it from gapping and open enough that it won’t get infected hopefully.
I’ve found that the little open spots here and there, like my belly button and other very small spots like this one have a hard time closing up. And I think that’s because they are covered 24/7 with compression garments and/or absorbent gauze in an attempt to keep them dry. I think its hard for them to heal as well when they don’t get much air and are ALWAYS covered. But I’m not allowed to go without the garments, so I guess for now I’ll just stay on antibiotics to keep infection from taking over, and keep cleaning and drying the wounds as much as I can.
Furthermore, I am not really satisfied with how I’m looking cosmetically, so I’m considering a consultation with a different surgeon to get their opinion and see if there’s anything we can do to fix what I don’t like.