I posted a discussion titled Whooooooooo! Hoooooooooooo! Well…I have to stop Whooo Hoooing, for a while anyway. 2 weeks before I was released by the surgeon I had a small scab fall out of the incision. It was closed up within a week. Then the last scab that was slightly bigger fell out a week before being released. At the time a very small amount of clear fluid also came out from the scab site. Since the 1st one closed up I didn't think much of it. Neither did the surgeon. It didn't get any bigger. When I showered some gunk would come out when I dried it with a q-tip. But that was it. It always dried afterward.
The Wed after Memorial Day I went to my PCP for 2 other reasons. I asked him to check out the site where the scab fell out. He took a q-tip with a 6" stick on it. He wanted to check the white ish area(the opening). He found what he thought was tunneling & felt a little pop about 3" into the tunnel. I felt nothing due to the scar tissue. He push in the q-tip tl he got to the end of the q-tip. He then turned around & grabbed a big wad of gauze & slapped it over the opening. He told me to be sure to call the surgeon. The tunnel was right along the incision but he couldn't feel an end to it. By the time I got home the bandage was soaked and I only live 5 mins away.
I called the surgeon & was back in his office 24 hrs later. The surgeon explained that it was not tunneling. That when you do a hernia surgery like that you pull the skin back off the muscle. Then the skin grows back onto the muscle. He continued saying, "But since you heal like a turtle, they haven't grown back together yet." LOL. It's true. Due to the prednisone for RA I heal very slowly.
He tried cauterizing it. He tried packing it. But it continued to drain fluid. Sometimes a lot, sometimes a little. A couple weeks later the surgeon told me I also had fluid on my left side along the incision. Up til now it had all been on the right side. I didn't doubt him because my belly along the incision on the left side had started to feel a little more solid. I mentioned that so far all the draining was coming from the right side. That's when the surgeon said that it was because a membrane had grown over the opening on the left side & couldn't get out. That's when he had me lay down on the examining table. I knew he had some instruments in his hands but I didn't want to know what he was going to do. Even though I really knew what was coming. He snipped the membrane so the fluid could escape rather than burst on it's own. He also squeezed me like a big pimple to get out as much fluid as possible. It was like a volcano erupting.
And it also would drain a lot at inoppurtune times. After being release on May 17th I started to ease back into coaching baseball offering to be a bench coach with one of our town's 8 yr old tournament teams. So of course it would drain right before a practice or game then I would have to miss the practice or game.
Finally, since it has continued to drain fluid, the surgeon decided he had to put me on a wound vacuum again. But this one is somewhat different than the one I was on in a rehab center for 8 months in 2009-2010. My only limitation is that I can't drive. The wound vac will drain the fluid while compressing the gap between the skin & muscle allowing them to grow back together. And no rehab center. And only a fraction of the pain when I have it changed compared to the pain of the one I was on in the rehab center. That was the worst pain I have ever felt in my life.
Sometimes I feel like DANG, DANG, DANG, DANG, DANG!!!! I was soooo close! But as a good friend said the other day. "The fluid probably pushed that last scab out. If it didn't you could have had more serious problems if the gap filled up & burst on it's own."
Thanks for listening as my saga continues. And thanks for all the support you have all given me these passed 5 months since the surgery on 2/6.
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