I had my first abscess surgery about a month ago and had my follow up yesterday. After sleeping all weekend and being in extreme pain (I called my surgeon and asked him to fax a script for some pain meds through to my local pharmacy), I knew something wasn’t right and things weren’t healing properly.
Turns out the setons are working but there is still infection to the side of where my abscess was originally. This area had been tender even after the setons were inserted but I was assuming this was because it was a big abscess and took time to heal. When it started to get increasingly painful I knew something was wrong.
So now I have to have a second surgery tomorrow. I have to take MORE time off work which is so awful because I am still new and this is the second time I have had to have days off for surgery.
I know I shouldn’t worry but I do; my contract is up at the end of June and I worry that they won’t renew it. its so depressing, my boss has been really nice but it is so hard.
I am having a drain (a cylindrical one) put in which will come out of the one of the seton holes. This drain is only temporary, and is in to assist the abscess in draining. Apparently the setons are working, its just that pus is being created faster than it can be drained by the seton.
My 2nd seton is also too tight apparently so its being replaced.
My dad is coming up on the train to look after me.
I’m frustrated and being really worn down by all of this. When I had the drains put in originally I told myself it was for the best because the abscess would be GONE and I would never have to worry about it again, and that every day I would be getting ‘a little better’ and things would get easier each day and to find that I’m going backwards and things aren’t getting better each day is so disheartening.
I’m hoping this surgery doesn’t smash me around as much as the last one did. I am having tomorrow off for surgery and Thursday off to sleep, hoping to be back Friday. The dr said there is no medical reason why I shouldn’t be back Friday so I am hoping she is right and it isn’t as awful to me as it was last time. At least this time I have decent pain medication!