squog master
By squog master Latest Reply 2012-07-04 11:41:58 -0500
Started 2012-06-30 23:25:41 -0500

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.

24 replies

mariantlibrarian 2012-07-02 21:09:21 -0500 Report

So sorry to hear about all of your struggles! How are things going now? have you started with rehab yet? I am still recovering from heart failure from October of 2010 and just had surgery to repair my rotator cuff last month. I have started very little moving with the rehab so far, but would love to have someone to go through trying to get back in shape with. Please let me know if you are interested.

squog master
squog master 2012-07-02 21:18:59 -0500 Report

Thanks mariantlibrarian! I wasn't allowed to do much after my rotator cuff surgery back in 1995 either. I forget how long it was before I could. Not sure what you have in mind for trying to get back in shape? Let me know.

JSJB 2012-07-02 17:59:32 -0500 Report

Sorry to hear about problem. My prayers are with you for a speedy recovery.

squog master
squog master 2012-07-02 20:48:55 -0500 Report

Thanks JSJB! I can always use prayers. Speedy would be nice. I'll be talking to my Rhuemy soon. We have been discussing him taking me off the prednisone. So I can heal fast & better.

swlinda 2012-07-02 12:57:17 -0500 Report

Sorry to hear you are having problems with healing. My granddaughter had the same problem from her cancer incisions. Time and prayer will heal. Good luck.

Nick1962 2012-07-02 07:50:21 -0500 Report

Sorry to hear that, but glad you're on your way to recovery. I had a similar instance with mine, but not nearly as bad. Had to put a plastic sheet on the bed at night. Now after a couple hernias and a lot of lost weight, my belly looks like I got in a tickle fight with Edward Scissorhands.
Hopes for a speedy recovery!

old biker
old biker 2012-07-01 05:54:20 -0500 Report

That would drive me crazy.I am so impatient at times.Praying for a full and speedy recovery for you from this point on

squog master
squog master 2012-07-02 06:54:28 -0500 Report

Yeah…my walls need some new paint since I've been climbing them so much. lol As I told another friend, I've worked with kids all my life so I have always had a lot of patience. But patience with yourself is the hardest kind of all.

Thanks for the prayers. Hey! I just thought of something. Well, actually someone not something. There is a friend I have on Arthritis Connect who is also a biker. His name is tharr.

Caroltoo 2012-07-01 01:29:02 -0500 Report

Complicated situation; so sorry it's happening to you! I'll join BG in continued prayers for your healing. This must be sooooo frustrating.

squog master
squog master 2012-07-01 01:37:34 -0500 Report

Lil bit. But it was more frustrating trying to stem the flow during the weeks before he put on the wound vac. Thanks for the prayers!

jayabee52 2012-07-01 01:16:53 -0500 Report

really sorry to hear that SM! Continued prayers for your complete healing!

squog master
squog master 2012-07-01 01:26:37 -0500 Report

Thanks James! Prayers do help. Some time ago we had discussions about mottos & sayings. One of mine was If I tried to leave my body to science it would be returned "Damaged Goods" lol

Well, events of the last 3 years has given me this new one. Live for today but be ready for the future, and carry a big mitt 'cause you never know what God will throw your way.