Not as much as right after I came home. It is more concentrated than it usually is and I dripped, which I haven't done. I don't soak through the gauze but it's def more than I am used to seeing. I still haven't heard back from the surgeons office...apparently the on call dr is not so worried. I am hoping it will let up by tomorrow...
So after 3 tries I got the on call surgeon to call me back. He said that if it was still bleeding tomorrow to give the office a call. My surgeon is not in tomorrow but he said he would take a look at it and either reassure or confirm. I am probably going back to the surgeons office, as my mom saw a little part in the middle of the incision that looks like it opened a bit. Still bleeding. I'm not getting it wet in hopes it dries and scabs, so no shower tonight and no baby wipes. Trying my very best not to completely lose it.
Sending you some good thoughts and prayers. I've had a little cut/tear near my stitches when I had the pit picking but it eventually healed up. I hope it's something minor like that. Let us know how it goes tomorrow.
My appointment was at 1 today, with another surgeon since mine was doing surgeries today. The one I saw wasn't the one I talked to yesterday, but she knew that I had called (someone probably warned her she had a hysterical lady in the waiting room lol). She took a look and said it was still draining, which I knew because I had soaked through the gauze pad this morning. She squeezed a ton of stuff out of it and said that it opened up because I had a fluid buildup that had nowhere to go. She said it didn't look like it would open any more, and said that it didn't look infected on the outside but the fluid was blood mixed with pus, "murky" as she called it, so she put me on a round of antibiotics. I also had a nickel sized clump of lumpy green stuff last night that I told her about and she said the antibiotic should take care of that.
The pain has lessened a great deal and I feel much more reassured that everything will be ok! I am nervous to sit though, I will probably call them and be obnoxious and ask if I can sit while this thing is open and draining. I have much more peace about the incision though now it's a waiting game for the draining to slow but I am a much happier player now!
Ok cool. So how big is the spot that opened? Glad you could see someone though. Still not a fun thing to have to go through. Is it supposed to drain a bit afterwards like that? Good that you feel better!
I'm not sure how big it is, but it definitely is supposed to be draining. The drainage will still come out and it should lessen every day, especially now that I'm on the antibiotic it shouldn't be so thick. I'm guessing the reason there is so much is due to the depth of my incision
Yep it was 2 years yesterday that my son had his cleft lift. The one thing that you don't always hear about is drainage. When he had his done almost no one was admitting to having drainage after surgery. I'm not really sure why. It was almost like a dirty little secret. Once people started opening up about it I learned that even some of the people who proclaimed themselves healed in one to two weeks actually drained for months. I guess it's all in what you consider "healed" from surgery. Some consider when you get back to your routine. For me I think it's when the wound is completely closed with no drainage at all. My son's was at that point at the 6 to 7 week mark. Just keep an eye on it for infection. Also, if you have a large amount of pure blood it's best to contact your surgeon. A few people have reported hematomas which can happen regardless of the type of surgery.
Ok thanks for the heads up. You made me feel much better about my draining lol.
I do believe I have a small infection but we caught it pretty early so I was put on antibiotics yesterday. When your son was draining after surgery, was he in pain from standing up? I can lay on my stomach comfortably but when I stand and walk there is a terrible pain at the top of my cleft where they flattened it out. This started about the same time as my bloody drainage, after the stitches came out on Tuesday. Any thoughts?
I believe standing was what felt best for him. You can have pain associated with infection but I guess that wouldn't explain why it was specific to standing. Did you mention the pain at your appointment?
It was minor at that point, and somewhat alleviated when she squeezed the drainage out. I did say there was pain, but I didn't know if it was attributed to the nerves reconnecting. I wonder if the drainage is building up again, even though a lot is still coming out
Edit: the pain has escalated drastically since my visit yesterday, should have mentioned that before
Since you felt some relief when she pushed the drainage out I would also be inclined to think that that was the source of the pain. It's hard to say what is normal because people do experience all sorts of pings and tugs and the like. I would say that if you have any type of pain that you feel is extreme it's best to call and ask the surgeon.
I discovered that if I sit on the toilet and let some of the drainage drip out (sorry if tmi) it releases some of the pressure and lets me walk better. Lilly you were right, it's got to have something to do with the fluid buildup. I am going to try sitting in small increments to try to let the drainage out and I am hoping that will do the trick!