I had a follow up appointment with my Consultant today, and it went well. He got a senior nurse to remove the “special” mattress stitches and he was very pleased with the progress. He explained (after some very dry humour about how he just did it for fun and that it would not actually help my situation), he said I should be okay to remove the dressings, and shower properly without having to wear my plastic bag on my leg within a few days.
The actual removal of the stitches was a little uncomfortable as she seemed to dig quite deep to get them snipped and out. Some of the knots had been covered with new skin which caused a little bleeding.
Unfortunately, I was unable to snap a picture without the dressings, so that will have to be in a few days.
I still have to wear the compression stockings for another few weeks, but other than that he said just get on with it. I am still going to avoid any lengthly train journeys for a while if possible as sitting in a normal position causes my leg to swell quite a bit and makes it a little uncomfortable.
I am currently spending about half my day on the sofa with my leg raised, and the other half working from my desk.