For chroniemomx2: Well, to put it the way they did, they diagnosed me with EBL. (Extremely Bad Luck.) As it appears now, I have/am eliminating one high, twisting and complicated fistula, which had formed two separate but linked abscesses on either side of my backside. 80 Percent of it was low, and allowed it to be surgically
opened, while a loop of the tract passed directly through my sphincter muscle.
I had a very good visit with my doctor this morning, and we have decided to give my body a few more weeks to heal from the
opening of the low portions of the fistula tract that was done concurrent to the placement of the cutting seton into the high portion. He came as close as I've ever heard to a doctor saying he made a mistake in putting such a large weight on so quickly post-op, and wanted me to be comfortable and healed up before we continue this, "with a smaller weight."
I also struggled hard with a 5 day plus 'hangover' (withdrawal) from the narcotic pain killers once I stopped them this past week. I hadn't yet stopped them from the surgery itself before the weight was applied, still quite uncomfortable from the incisions. I do NOT want to have to use that strong of a pain reliever again.
For FallColors, my doc described the seton as being used in the high portions of the fistula that pass through the sphincter muscle, cutting the through the sphincter slowly, so that it doesn't spread apart. It cuts slow and heals behind itself to prevent that loss of control. He described it like a wire cheese cutter through cheese, where the top sticks again after the wire passes through. This effectively re-routes the fistula following the path of the seton, which is then drawn out by some form of traction like elasticity, weight, squeezing via repeated tightening, etc.
I'm going back to see him in a couple weeks after things heal up good, to continue the weighted traction process.
For maz: I am pretty comfortable with myself and my causing the discomfort in others, so I have no trouble describing in detail what's happening to me, and why. I tend to judge my discretion more on the reaction of those who were silly enough to ask the gimpy guy why he's limping. I usually tell them initially it's recovery from surgery on my bottom. Continued curiosity gets them all they want and more of what's going on. Including props. I have a replica of the weight, on a piece of fishing line, on my keychain. my...
Post Edited (already_sickofit) : 4/17/2008 12:22:48 PM (GMT-6)