OMG....blogger is working again on this computer! It hasn't worked forever!
I've had a revision surgery and I'm back at work and I'm alive! I know you were all wondering...
Ok...maybe some of you were. I choose to believe some of you were. :)
I did go in on October 19 as planned for my revision surgery and all went well. I actually came out of it looking even BETTER than the first time because she had to pull the skin TIGHTER than before AND, because she is a perfectionist (thank HEAVENS!) and the tightening was going to leave "pleats" on my "mons pubis" region, I got another pubis revision as well...and that looks even better than before, too! I'm going to look effin amazing in a pair of underwear (if we all ignore my thunder thighs) if these flimmin flammin drains EVER COME OUT!!!
Yes, here we go again with the never ending drain saga. It's actually not QUITE as bad as last time, because I'm only 3 weeks post-op and they do look like they are going to come out sometime soon...where as last time they were in for 74 freakin days and only came out because the giant freakin hole in my gut took over the fluid draining process....this time we are only at 20 days and they are actually decreasing in quantity enough to believe they might come out either by Friday (at least the right side will) or possibly some time next week. In the mean time, the right side is AGAIN trying to inch out on it's own...which is not the most comfortable thing in the world...and the left side has 2 holes in it which I have mended with DUCT TAPE...so I look very "Ghetto Chic".
|Itty bitty holes in drain tubes that are causing an |
air leak in a system that works by suction....not good. :/
I do have a teeny, tiny wound again...but when I say tiny, it's literally the size of a pencil eraser and the surgeon isn't even calling it "necrotic tissue" (though I am because it looks the same to me)....she says it's simply a scab. What evs...it's not bad, regardless....I can put a Band-Aid on it as soon as the stupid drains come out.
|Current wound...nothing compared to last time. |
I can't explain why it happened again. I was assured
the odds were very, very low.
|On the last day, the gauze you see on the left is all I |
was able to "pack" the wound with, whereas the gauze
on the right was the original amount that I packed
it with when this all started, so you can see
there was significant shrinkage over time.
The surgeon had to cut a great deal of skin away because it was important to re-attach "new skin to new skin"...this scar revision couldn't simply be done by opening along the scar and re-attaching again along the scar. That is why I had such a nice, tight tummy when she was done. And she went up pretty high and down below the wound to accomplish it. She also had to cut around my belly button again, so I have a smaller scar around my button now than I did before. Hopefully it heals as nicely as it started to before things went all to hell. I'm staying optimistic that this will be the end of my TT journey. Believe it or not, I am scheduled for my 4 month follow-up (from original surgery, of course) in just a couple weeks.
All this recovery time (again) has me laying around (again) during a LOT of online Christmas sales...sadly, I've been spending money on Amazon like I'm loaded. I am not...but it's been fun. I bought the following dress....because I've always wanted to dress like a 50's housewife...
|...and it kinda disguises the drains!|
|Conversation between me and my husband|
who works for an airline, as we try to determine
if I can fly with surgical drains in me.