July 25, 2017. 2nd Stage Surgery

I have concentrated so much on wound recovery I have not talked about the rest of the surgery.  I do not know why someone would have lipo done.  The recovery hurts so bad.  It hurts to remove the compression garment, and to even touch the skin.  You have to rub it daily with lotion to help with swelling and to disperse the remaining fat into he tunnels that had fat removed.

I know that it is part of the whole surgery but I did not have much pain with the actual DIEP Flap part.  The pain is better now.  At least I do not cry when I have to rub it.  Sounds funny coming from me since I have such a high pain tolerance.

I am please with the results and I am sure in a couple of months when all of the swelling is gone it will look even better.

No pictures for today.  Not much difference in the wounds today.

July 24, 2017. Wound Care continues.

Another day has passed an no new wounds.  The big one is ever so slowly healing. The flap above it is completely gone on the big wound.  While I was cleaning it I noticed something on the bottom of the wound.  Lo and behold a long piece of stitching used to close the interior part of my incision.  I carefully cut it and hopefully now it will do better.  Maybe I should have been a surgeon.

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Top wound has scabbed over.  
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All around the hole looks good.  Now that the stitch is gone maybe it will close.  It is actually not as wide as it use to be.  Painful though

Trying another way to get my wound to heal. July 14, 2017

I received a call from Sarah, Dr Habash’s PA and she said to come by the office so she can look at the wounds.

Just got back from the Dr and she said that it was a stitch on the small hole.  She removed it and it should be better quickly.  Now the other hole is another story.  She gave me a silver kind of gauze to cut and put into the hole and hopefully it will be better soon.

I will post pictures tonight.

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Remove the stitch and it closes in a couple of hours

Wound is getting better. July 6, 2017

Just a short note to say that both wounds are looking so much better.  I think in a week they should both be gone.  Or I hope they will.

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It is so small now.  All around it looks great
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The green from the inside is about gone.  It should start closing up now

July 5, 2017. Wound getting better

Time is what it takes to heal a wound.  In just a day the T junction wound is so much smaller and the other one is not quite as deep as yesterday.  I guess the saying “time heals all wounds” is the perfect saying for me today.

Have a great day.

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Smaller and looking better all around it.
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Not quite so deep a wound now

Wound care continues. July 4, 2017

The picture below will show the dead skin in the hole, but actually the back of the hole has started to close.  I think I am getting good at wound care.  Not a talent that I actually wanted.  Must keep my thoughts funny so I can get through this again.

We did enjoy some wonderful fireworks last night.  I so love the 4th of July.  One of my favorite holidays.

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Small wound getting smaller
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It is getting better.  

July 3, 2017. Concerned about the wound.

I sent a picture to the PA at Dr. Habash’s office and she is not too worried about it.  She said to keep up my care and it should be fine.

So I will continue what I am doing and I know it will heal.  I am feeling better and my sides only hurt in the morning when I get up.  I guess being still for 8 hours makes them angry.  I only take Tylenol or Advil at night.  I am still wearing my compression bottoms.  I can not take anything compressing my breast scars so during the day I wear a loose fitting bra and at night I wrap them in a large ace bandage making sure that it is not covering the wounds.  Seems to work.

I know I made the right decision about all of this procedure, but I am looking forward to the day that it is all healed and I can have a normal routine once again.

Todays picture is below.

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The left small wound is healing nicely and the middle one will just take some time

 

 

Wound care continues. July 2, 2017

Well another day of wound care.  From the picture you can see the small wound on the left corner of the T junction and the far right of the picture you can see the incision seam also has the telltale sign of a wound.

I am not too discouraged since they are nothing like the last time, just disappointed that it happened again.   Old stretched out skin speaks is mind again.

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The top part of the incision is healing nicely.  This is where the old scar was from the previous wound healing issue

Follow up Dr. Appt. June 28, 2017

Dr. Habash is pleased with the way everything is looking.  He said the swelling will go down, but it takes time.  He feels like my left breast is doing OK but to keep an eye on it.  I will see him in a month for my last visit.

He liked the compression garment I was wearing and asked what kind it was.   It came from Walmart.  I sent him the information.  It is nice to contribute information that can possible help another person, especially since this garment is only $13.00.

Well pictures are below

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Angry bottom side looks better today.
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Seems to be healing but I question it.
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I think that the left side just wants extra attention.