I thought I would finally get round to redesigning my CRM blog (well overdue) to bring it inline with the modern look and feel of other websites (and my own personal blog). I also thought it about time I started blogging more as well.
I also decided to rename it as it used to be some form of Dynamics UK user group that consisted of myself and, well, no one, so its now just my CRM blog 🙂
Well, today, in the comfort of my own home, I removed the post stitch removal dressing, and unfortunately, one of my wounds is not ready to be released to the world just yet. The top two look pretty good, but the bottom one still looks a bit yucky.
So, I think its still going to be a few days before I am totally free of the dressings, so will have to keep it dry till then.
Thanks to Nurse Janice who took significant care when removing the dressings, which is more than can be said for the nurse who actually removed the stitches 🙂
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.
Well, the past thirteen days have been uncomfortable to say the least.
I began with having my leg raised at all times, unless I was shuffling to the loo. I was able to manage the stairs one step at a time, and in bed, I had to also have my leg raised which made it very awkward to sleep. As a result, I was shattered most of the time during my recovery.
After a few days of rest, I started to take small walks, just round the block. This was not too bad, I took it easy initially, but the main pain came from when I got back home as it agitated the wound a fair amount.
After about a week and a half, I attempted my first day out, just to the cinema, so it was a walk, a metro journey, and another bit of a walk. After being sat in the cinema for two hours I was ready for home as it was incredibly uncomfortable to sit in a normal position for two hours. As soon as I was home, I resumed my position on the sofa, with my leg up.
It seems to be very achy at the moment, and quite bruised (which is probably the cause of the pain).
Its another week before I get my stitches out, so I am eager to see what the wound itself is like as it feels quite tight (I assume its got some scabs, must resist the pick).
Also looking forward to being able to shower without the massive plastic bag on my leg 🙂
I am a finger fidget-err. It does not feel right if my fingers are not doing something, and the majority of the time, that means picking.
Picking my fingers, picking my nails, picking the various patches of psoriasis around my body. Its an obsession.
I was intrigued to find out that my Brother over Christmas had backed a kick starter for a “Fidget Cube”. An intriguing little device that you could “play” with to keep yourself from doing harm to ones own body.
I decided to investigate, and being the tight arse that I am, I decided to purchase a cheep china knock off from eBay to see how it would be.
The day after surgery, and I was still in hospital, but due to be discharged. I was given some Physio, and checked to make sure I could stand and at least shuffle around a bit.
They removed my bandages, and changed my dressing, burgh, and gave me some instructions. I was given a preliminary date for my follow up appointment (3 weeks later) where I would have my stitches out (apparently, the consultant wants to remove them himself as he has done something special with them ??).
And then I was discharged, with a bag full of pain killers for my recovery process. We shall see how it goes.