Owwww 21 days post surgery and an INFECTION

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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 6/28/2007 7:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Whaaaaaaaaaa sad
Well this morning was my bag change day and I noticed this whiteish milky fluid seeping out from where the skin meets the stoma area. The whole area underneath is firm and reddish. I thought the firmness was just the muscle wall healing, welp I guess not. I called the ET nurse at the cleveland clinic and they had me come in right away. The stoma nurse removed the bag, cleaned up the paste mess and when the Dr came in to check me they started poking around with one of those wooden Q-tip things and here I had 2 spots around the stoma that are infected and it hasnt healed and adhered to the stoma, The Dr took the q-tip and could enter this gap or hole and that sucker went in I swear 2 inches, pus coming out.
Im squeezing my hubbys hand, Yikes I couldnt believe it and neither could my hubby.
Needless to say
2 antibiotics later and another percocet script, I should be feeling better in a few days as soon as the antibiotics kick in and take the swelling and firmness away from under the stoma.
Yikes what an ordeal, Thanks for letting me vent and get that off my chest.

Pin Cushion
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   Posted 6/28/2007 10:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like you got an abcess. I got one where my anus used to be that showed up 3 months after my surgery and it was over 3 inches deep and wouldn't heal. Even had to have home health nurse coing every day to clean it out. After tring for a month I had to go back into surgery and have it removed.
I realy hope you have better luck!!!!!!
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   Posted 6/29/2007 1:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh no, that sounds so scary. I really hope that doesnt happen to me, Sorry that you had to go through that, It sounds awfully painful. Fingers crossed that nothing like that happens again.


Glad Bag
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   Posted 7/2/2007 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
camping girl....my stoma is having trouble adhering to the skin on the bottom side too!

i showed the doc and he did not seem as concerned as i was.....but mine does not sound as infected......he said the best thing for it, is to have the stoma / et nurse help me figure out what stoma pouch / flange is right for me. He said that sometimes the convex ones (flanges) work better for some people because the skin is not flat at the area of the stoma, and the convex flange is pushed down around the middle to help seal things up....

i have not tried it though since i already spent too much when i bought my first round of bags/supplies, etc....

anyway, i think i will soon and will let u know if it helps........

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   Posted 7/3/2007 5:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Things are started to heal, the firmness is getting smaller and my sister is a nurse (RN) she told me that the gaps heal from the inside first, working up to the opening. So Im not as freaked and worried as I was. Lets just hope the antibiotics are enough to clear everything completely and mostly permanently.

Hey Glad Bag Let me know how the convex ones work out for you next round, Im curious to know.
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