I need to vent tonight and I do apologize in advance but post-op pain is the absolute pits, especially when your surgeon has packed the damn thing and you can't get in the shower or bath until Friday night. Got to find a means to distract myself until then. Pain is well controlled at this point which is good, but it just sucks. Vent over.
I'm hanging in at this point. Just very tired and sore and with a bit of a migraine from that damn albuterol treatment they gave me pre-op. Pain meds are my best friend at this point as is my bed. Just doing the best I can.
The first day, your body still has some of the anesthetic/anelgesics that were used during your procedure, I think that is why on the subsequent days one feels more pain. But don't cheat your body of pain meds too soon or try to be brave. Sometimes it takes longer to get in control of the pain if you let your pain level get too high. I think we suffer enough. Just my 2 cents
That's good. I'm usually off major pain med by day 3-5, except when they removed a fractured sesamoid bone in my foot...omg, the worst & longest recuperation ever. You don't know how much you need your feet (or hands, CTS surgery) until you can't use them.
Anyway I'm glad you're doing good. And yeah, medicate before the dressing change!
Amanda, praying for a speedy recovery for you... I'm sorry you were in such a bad way.. I'll tell you something that will make you feel better... In 1994 I had a pectoralis major muscle transfer and was cut from the front of my armpit all the way under to the back, across my upper back and from my left knee to my hip... Had over 250 staples in the incisions and had drains, etc.. I had to wear the sling for 12 weeks and was NOT allowed to shower for the duration (had to sink bathe). It was summer and I felt disgusting.. Be glad that you can shower tomorrow. You feel better and I'm glad your pain is being controlled right now. Keep us all posted.
Sandi, yeah I've been trying to be brave and not take anything cause it's making me even more nauseous then I already am. Have eaten today, just still sick to my stomach. Going to try a 1/2 tab of Vistaril and see if that works for now. Not in pain right now though.
Amandamiddleton1234, don't be too brave to take something. I'd suggest mild pain relief every 4-6 hr & major meds to get you through the nights. There's some truth in the 3rd day being the most uncomfortable, so its ok if you take something. It won't make you weak or dependent, but it could make you regret not taking something sooner.
May God watch over you and give you the strength & courage to get through your recovery. And may He keep you from having any more abcesses than necessary, to rid your body of whatever it's trying to fight against. May He give you complete healing from the bacteria.
I hope that you contiue to get better every day. Don't let your pain levels get away from you, because you will have a hard time getting it back under control. In the 90s I was having trouble with boils they would give me antibiotics and in a week or so I would break out with more each time. At one time I had 20 across my stomach, that was the pits working. After taking more of the same antibiotics I woke up with a 104 fever and my right breast was 3 times it's normal size and red also it was hard. They carried me to hospital ER they had never seen anything like it so they put me in and put a love close
Sorry about that a moist heating pad around it. It started.to tirn bla k they called in a surgon and went in and opend it up washed it out really good then packed it so that it could drain.I was on strong antibiotics from September until February. So for thank God.I haven't had that happen again. I hope that your Dr will change your antibiotics around to something stronger since you said you had another place break out. Take all of your antibiotics that they give you. I pray that you will continue to do well. God Bless you.
Well, there's good and bad news. Good news is I went to the surgeon today to get the packing changed out. Bad news is, there's another boil on that same darn leg. I let the surgeon know that something was amiss. He said,"it's just irritation, not an abscess." I told him that I disagreed with that and left it at that. Well, when I got home and got in the shower, it started to ooze out. I said to myself, "If there's nothing there to drain, why the hell is it doing that?" Going to urgent care tomorrow night to get them to look at it. I don't want to mess with this considering I have a fresh surgical wound on that side and it's oozing.
It's true, Amanda..... YOU know your body better than anyone!! Stay on top of the situation and make sure the doctor does what he's supposed to (listen to you and check out the situation before it gets bad). It's hard when you try to ignore your body saying then realize you shouldn't... Hang in there. I'm sending gentle hugs and prayers for quick healing. 💕
I can sure understand that!!! Close your eyes for a second and feel someone gently squeezing your hand... It's me, right there with you, holding your hand and supporting you through this. It's got to be scary and frustrating to deal with this whole thing. I'm praying for you that do NOT have to suffer and that you get the help you need!!
Hmmm. My gut tell me no but I guess only your dr would know the real answer to that. If it's draining, there shouldn't be a reason for swelling as the fluid that might be the cause of swelling is able to escape. Is the swelling accompanied by redness and/or warmth to the area?
Sandi, no. No heat but can't really see if there's redness or not. Going to urgent care tonight to get them to take a look and see what they think as I wasn't able to go because of the weather yesterday evening. This is honestly scaring the crap out of me.
I did get seen tonight. She said there was not surgical site infection and no "abscess" on the other part of my thigh. Although, the swelling that she saw us another little spot in the beginning stages right next to the wound site. I did not take stock in her opinion at all saying that I don't have MRSA and such but that it's hidernitis superativa or something to that affect. If it's not MRSA that's plaguing me, then why when they do a wound culture, it always come back showing it's MRSA. I'm thinking to myself, "I'm sorry but my surgeon and myself know my skin's condition better then you do."
Some slight redness is normal, and the swelling is likely part of the fluid draining, but it shouldn't be red or smell. If either, get it checked asap. I use to work in a wound care center and that's what they always told the patients. Red like a newly skinned knee is what's considered in the norm red range. Heat &/or extreme red, like dark red & angry isn't normal.
I will be discussing all of the information with my surgeon on Tuesday. I feel like a darn fool and I'm sure as hell not going to go through what I just went through again. No way in hell!!!!!!! If worse comes to worse, I will be requesting a referral to an ID specialist.
Amanda, the cultures of an open wound will almost always come back showing a staph infection (not necessarily MRSA which is antibiotic resistant), because staph lives on our skin. As long as there is no redness, heat, foul smelling/discolored discharge, extreme pain and swelling then all should be alright. Definitely, continue to have it checked... It is way to easy to get an infection. The water from your tap and/or shower has bacteria in it so when you get out of the bath or shower, be sure to flush the wound with either sterile saline solution or peroxide to help prevent infection. My hand is still there, I'm standing by your side and am praying for your recovery. Hang in there and try to work on your breathing and relaxation techniques as this will help you heal better. Remember, you're not alone and you have a lot of support here. 💕
Alwayz, No every single stinking time, it's come back MRSA not just regular Staph. I'm colonized so that doesn't surprise me in the least bit. I have been flushing it every time because I know that I do have a low immune system so I tend to catch everything that is going around. It's always been like that.
Amanda, I am so very sorry for the problem that you are experiencing... That has got to be an absolute nightmare. There was a medication the doctors gave me to heal up an ulceration that came back as MRSA and it smells like bleach, burns like a son of a bitch and you have to put it on gauze, have it damp and then cover it with dry bandages and then change it twice to three times a day. It was horrible and painful but I do have to say that it DID heal the problem. I will have to see if I have any left and get that name to you so you can see if it is available to you. Perhaps by my description, someone here will know what it is, but I will certainly check that name for you. I hope all starts to work out and you get better. I'm praying for you.