I've been watching for you to update us. I'm glad to know you are doing well. You sound like you are going through just about exactly what I went through as far as the pain and packing the wound. Luckily, my mom is Registered GI nurse (go figure) So she did the packing of the wound three times a day.
Keep me posted as far as the wound healing over. I'm interested to see if you do better than me. Lets hope so... By the way, invest in a donut shaped seat coushin (if you haven't already) That made a world of difference as far as sitting goes and I ended up not leaving home without mine for about 3 years!!! You can get them in any drug store/pharmacy. Sometimes I still think I should use one because I don't have any padding in the rear .
Take care and keep up the healing
Sherrine , dont feel bad. I know everyone is different. I am doing a lot better now. its been a month and I am glad i had it done, I'm not glad i had to have it done , but its better than suffering.
Bridgie-d , The nurse was coming every other day but she has stoped now becase its healing good and fast, ( not fast enough for me ) my husband packes it twice a day and when he is at work my best friend comes and does it, I cant not believe my husband does it, I totally fliped out when he said he would, but he really didnt have much of a choice at the time but he could've backed out at any time, but he's still doing it. There have been a lot of times that i didnt think our marriage was going to surive, mostly because of this disease but now I know he has to love me to do this. he has taken great care of me. any way, when the nurse first came on may13th she measured it and said it was 11 cm deep and 15 cm long, and the last day she was here on june 2nd she measured it again and it was 4.6 cm deep and 10 cm long, I think that is pretty good. I am hoping to be healed by the fourth of july. I am out and about and moving around alot and I was wondering if this could make the healing process slower? I hope not, I am still taking it easy, I'm not doing anything really. how long before yours healed? i really dont have any butt pain at all. sometimes it gets a little sore around the edges but i think that is from where it stays moist. I have a donut seat already from where the fistulas were so bad, but i havent had to use it. we going to the beach next wed. and I am taking it with me just in case the ride is to long.
The place on my belly where the drain/suction hose was,(i say hose cause it was way bigger that a "tube" in my book, haha, ) it has healed and my incession has healed now i am waiting on my butt to heal. my belly feels like someone has done Lord of the Dance on it but i know it wont hurt to much longer.
Thanks for your well wishes
My surgery was in the beginning of January 2001 and by May the wound had pretty much plateaued, (I don't have exact measurements). That is when we first tried the "wound vac" Yep it is what it sounds like, a vacuum that sucks the good tissue to the surface to promote healing. Supposedly it works great except for the location of my wound, it was next to impossible to maintain a seal. In august of that year, they did a debreadment surgery then put me up in a hospital room where the nurses could help maintain the seal with the vacuum. 7 weeks later and really no better off than where I started at they decided to do the first of the muscle flap surgeries. They took the muscle out of my thigh and placed it in the wound. After a few weeks, that didn't take. Many months of minor surgeries to debreade the wound, a new plastic surgeon later, they tried taking part of my abdominal muscle and place it in the wound from inside. Again, a few weeks later that didn't work. Finally in May of 04 after many more minor surgeries (37 total surgeries for my Crohn's diesease between April of 01 and May of 04 and a third plastic surgeon later, they took muscle out of my other thigh and put it in the wound. For whatever reason it worked the third time and I have been pain free, and sympton free since then!!!
I hope I haven't scared you and if you have any more questions for me, I have a new e-mail (we finally have a computer at home!!)