open nearly that wide, but someone around here's did. I did have to pack mine with a special packing ribbon that had antibacterial stuff on it, but I didn't do any soaking. To me that sounds like it would defeat the purpose of drawing out the fluids that caused it to re
open in the first place. Was the nurse you spoke to you WOC nurse? They specialize in
open wounds as well as ostomies so if it wasn't a WOCN then go see yours and get some of the packing materials. Do NOT put hydrogen peroxide on it though. not necessary, once you start packing it, it will start to close, slowly but surely.
As far as changing the packing, it really depends on how saturated the packing is. Mine
open area was about
3/4 inch deep and 3/4 long and a bit less than 1/2inch wide. Mine closed in a week after starting to pack it. You may want to pack it when you wake up and before bed to start since it seems rather large, but 1 or 2 times a day should suffice. I never air dried it since it would just leak fluid down me anyway. I did have a wider scar there, (mine was just above the pelvic bone too) but when i had my second surgery, my new surgeon removed all my excess scar tissue like a plastic surgeon would so now its the same size as the rest of my incision scar.
Watch the color of the stuff seeping out. If it starts to look like just blood, go see your doctor or WOCN fast! if its pale pink, orange, and just a twinge of blood every now and then your fine. You said it looked like puss, so I would call your ppl and tell them your concerns, especially if you start to run a fever. They may want to take a look at it.
Try not to worry too much though you won't split wide
open! Your a week out so the initial healing has taken place and you must have just been a bit on the unhealthy side which is generally why wounds re
open. But it is icky to think about
and even ickier to deal with. Deep breaths and Call the nurse/doctor tomorrow with your concerns. This will get better! *hugs*
*or if your too scared to wait for tomorrow, like esoR said, go to the ER*
-diagnosed with UC Dec 2006 at 22
-allergic or intolerant to all 5ASAs, sulfa and 6-mp
-emergency transverse colostomy on 9/13/10 from perforated colon
-J-pouch surgery step 1 of 2 3/21/11
Post Edited (betsaronie) : 6/19/2011 8:06:13 PM (GMT-6)