Update to abdominal wound and depression

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Date Joined Jul 2010
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   Posted 7/28/2010 5:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my out-patient surgery this morning to my slow healing abdominal wound (from Tram Flap breast reconstruction on 15 June 10)...so if any of my sentences are not put together well or I sound high as a kite, it's because I still am. I had been very down about the wound not healing and about having to have another surgery but everyone here was very helpful and encouraging. My Plastic Surgeon had thought he would have to use a wound vac for awhile so that was what I was prepared for.
This morning when I went in my Plastic Surgeon said he thought the reason I was having such problems was because I was having a reaction to the type of internal stitch material they used (I guess there are all kinds). He said he was going to clean up the wound, "debride" it is the word I believe and ultimately try and close up the wound entirely...if he couldn't close the wound, then he would put a wound vac on it.
For all my concerns, "panic" and getting depressed over another surgery, I am now very happy over the results. My Doctor was able to completely close up the wound, using internal and external stitches. (I told him I really didn't care if he used external stitches because it wasn't going to ruin my pole dancing career in my retirement. LOL)  I can't stand up straight, pick up more than 5 lbs or do much of anything fo the next 5 days. I also have to sleep with pillows under my knees too. Basically no stress on my abdomen for the next 10 days. I'm okay with it if that's what it takes to heal up my wound.
So I'm working very hard to be up-beat about the whole thing and I keep reminding myself that I'm better off than so many others. I've had wonderful support from people here and it's helped to have someone to talk to that listens and understands.  I'll keep you posted on how it goes.

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   Posted 7/28/2010 6:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,
I am so glad that the procedure went so well.  I hope that this time it heals well.  It is too bad that you were allergic to the stitching.  But it sounds like things are going to be okay.  I am glad that you are feeling better too.   That puts a whole new light on things and I am happy for that.  Do keep us posted on your progress as everybody here does care.
Hugs, Karen
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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 7/28/2010 8:52 PM (GMT -6)   
very pleased. your insperation is inspiring. keep the positives flowing. with compassion, jamie.

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