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I have spent a great deal of my life battling illness. I suffered from Crohn's Disease and eventually had abdominal surgery, thwarting the Crohn's and budding cancer cells. Since my surgery in 1995 I have been relatively free from Crohns', although I had several subsequent surgeries related to my ileostomy..When my disease was in remission, I don't think my husband realized how bad it could get, but he has stood by me. I also have suffered from various autoimmune disorders and am diagnosed with Stage IV Kidney Disease. Fortunately, I am maintaining and do not need dialysis at this point. We adopted our son and later found out he had cerebral palsy, so he became my career. Dan has had two surgeries and tons of therapy and is able to walk because of it. He is a college graduate and is employed as an Information Specialist. We are very proud of his accomplishements. I am now part of the retired generation and still getting used to the idea. I do enjoy crafting, traveling and being with family and friends. I am active in my church and feel that the hardships we endure are there to build our faith. I like to live life in the "now" as we never know how much time is left.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Post Op Blues

I have been struggling post op.  NO ONE told me that my incision in my breast would leak.  NO ONE told me that I had to wear my binder so the fluid wouldn't build up.  So, last Saturday it started to leak while I was shopping.  No big deal.  Put some bandaids on, went home changed the dressing.
That night I find myself laying in a puddle.  My breast had leaked like a water balloon.  Freaking out, my hubby and I go to the ER figuring I would get some stitches.  Of course, by the time the doctor comes in it has stopped leaking.  She does a culture  and gives me an antibiotic.  No mention of the binder.  No mention of this will continue.
So it is still weeping.  The tape comes off and it is gaping.  I thought this doesn't look right.  I go to surgery at the clinic and the nurse changes my dressing.  She THEN tells me that I should know that this would happen.  HOW?  Anyway it will take a month or so to heal and I can look forward to wearing the binder more often.
Today I am going camping with my sister.  It will be cold but nicer tomorrow.  Maybe my husband will come up and meet us.  (doubt it).  Anyway, hope to go out for fish tonight and then a campfire.
Tomorrow a hike and lounging and cooking dinner.  Photos to follow!


NanaDiana said...

Finally got a computer again...I missed your surgery post. Glad you are okay- the after "things" are never really told to most people-which is sad. Have fun with your sister. Where do you camp?

Ofelia said...

Oh may, its quite distressing when we are not only have to be patient but also experts in any type of procedures that we get done.
Hand in there and try to enjoy your camping adventure.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I sure hope you heal up and don't have any problems my friend. Enjoy camping...oh how I LOVE to camp and fish! Happy weekend! Hugs!

Linda said...

Have fun!!!

Gert said...

Oh, so sorry about the after surgery issues. My SIL had the same problems (similar) in that they didn't tell her about the issues she'd have after surgery. It seems "they" never tell a person anything afterwards! How scary is that? Oh, so happy you'll be out and about this weekend! Enjoy!


Carolee said...

It is sad that doctors think we should just "know" what is expected just because "they" deal with it all the time! The healing would go better if we were more informed.
Have fun camping.