First Post/First Surgery

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  1. yogibbear

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    Hm... well was going good. Then my GP packed it really tight one day, and it felt good for that day, but then the next morning i was struggling to get all of the algisite out of my wound :( gave up after spending ~15 minutes with medical gloves on and realising that i was probably just pushing it in further. So i washed it out and repacked it myself (knowing that there probably was some bits of algisite (used) still in there.

    Well... i should have right then and there gone to my GP instead..

    As today when i saw my GP as i expected, it's infected.... [:^] so back on the keflex.

    17 weeks and counting.
     
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    i'm really sorry. u really deserve to have a break from this problem. i hope u get better soon.
     
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    Well now my stupid 3cm bit is back to soiling everything in blood by the end of the day. Fail.

    Though i think one day of antibiotics has already kicked the infection off. (Will continue to take them obviously as it's only a 5 day prescription)

    Hopefully wound stops being so BLAAARRGHHH everywhere (Best explanation possible) all day long. Need to clean my room but can't be bothered bending over anymore as it hurts.

    Anyway seeing my GP again as usual tomorrow. So it'll get the antiseptic clean out and repack tomorrow. So that should calm it down to where it was 4 days ago.
     
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    Oh that's a shame I was happy to hear you were finally getting somewhere! Hopefully your infection has gone now and you can resume healing :)

    I wish you healing thoughts!
     
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    Okay, today is officially the weakest i've felt since well ever. (Even when i couldn't pee post surgery, or 5 days post-op, or during a flare-up)

    Though i do think the infection is gone/almost gone. GP has me coming in every morning this week.

    This morning i had a tonne of blood come out while she was cleaning it. Hilarious. She even said "this is the most amount of blood i've seen with something like this"... Hm... not good... Though i queried further and she said that it's definitely not granulating and is more likely just the last of infected bits being forced out.

    Then i was at work. Decided to start using my cocyx cushion again as it's really hurting (like first time ever, not nerve twinges... like continuous pain/discomfort)

    Looking forward to what my surgeon thinks on friday. Happy to keep up this packing thing another 6 weeks... but after that i'm going to start suggesting another surgery.

    Ooooo question: what are people's opinions on taking vitamin supplements? (I do eat pretty well, asides from being a bit of a coffee adict, otherwise don't eat junk food/smoke cigarettes/drink etc. etc.) But i'm willing to try anything... so guess they can't hurt.
     
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    I take 1g vitamin C & 15mg zinc daily and a multivitamin every other day. I eat a fairly balanced diet so the multivit is just insurance but there is some evidence vitC & Zn help wound healing.

    I also make sure to get enough protein- at least 4 decent portions a day of milk/ eggs/ meat/ fish etc. You can also add skimmed milk powder to milk to make it higher.

    I've started arginine tablets, as this amino acid has been shown to help wound healing, but after doing a bit of reasearch I realised I'd have to take about 50 pills per day to get the dose from the studies. Oh, well I'm taking it anyway, as it's unlikely to harm.

    Hope that helps.
     
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    Thanks i'll see what vitamin C/Zn/multi-vitamin my GP thinks would be good this morning. :)
     
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    Okay just got back from my GP. She said my sinus is not only still infected but it's growing and that surgery is really really likely. [:8)] or [:^] i don't know...

    Hm... guess another surgery will mean that it might not stay open like last time... see what the surgeon says. (She called him up and got me in to see him thursday... so i "might" have surgery on the friday and then have a nice christmas on my stomach.)
     
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    oh, i am really sorry. i'm here if u need to vent.[o+o]
     
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    On the positive side, I now have an excuse to not buy anyone christmas presents and i don't have to go for a 1.5 hr drive just to spend boxing day with my mum's side of the family. :D

    One thing to rant about... those algisite things 5cm x 5cm packs of ten used to cost me $9.95 (so $1 a day basically) some 3 months ago. Now the price is $69.95 (for 10x 5cmx5cm)... What the hell? (Not paying that! But i really really need the stuff) I think I have single handedly cause a price shift in the market for algisite [vv]
     
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    can't u get a prescription for what u will need. my surgeons literally write a prescription for all my packing stuff so i've never payed anything.

    and yes the whole christmas thing i get too. i've tryed getting out of mine but just not happening unless i come down with the swine flu or something.:)
     
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    Okay new question... maybe not related to my pilo.

    So after 18 weeks of doing nothing (no exercise etc.) the back of my upper thighs gets really tingly... feels kind of like bad circulation or something (but i've never had that so don't know what that feels like). Specifically it's a throbbing pain and there's no comfortable position standing, lying etc. except it's OK sitting. But because of pilo i can't/don't sit for long.

    Anyone experience anything similar?
     
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    i have not had this exact problem but have had other weird issues related to the pilo. with this pilo one is usually alot more inactive than usual and everything in your body works different to compensat for not sitting right or sleeping right or even walking or driving right. our muscles and bones get weak and than if for some reason we try to use tham again for anything, they tend to react badly.

    i don't know if this makes sense or helps but this is what i have noticed in the past.
     
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    Oh well popped some Ibuprofen and managed to get some sleep. [x0x]

    Though did wake up covered in sweat (dang fever)

    And today i'm now on two different antibiotics cause my doctor is cool. [:8)]
     
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    OK well seems like 2nd surgery is IMMINENT. (Just got a call from the check in nurse chatting about stuff)

    And here i was in my first post/first thread/first surgery all optimistic about everything going smoothly.

    Please Santa can I have a healed karydakis for christmas? :D

    Surgery Friday morning. Probably checkout Sunday.

    Seeing surgeon tomorrow.

    Highly optimistic though as my healing was going no where so they might as well cut it out again. Plus it's currently infected and i feel like crap and can hardly walk/stand etc.

    Went to work today drugged up on everything... dazily starring at the computer screen and mumbling out replies to people's complicated questions... i must seem like an angry bear being awoken from hibernation. :rolleyes:
     
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    oh, i'm terribly sorry yogi. who did your last surgery that gave u such problems?

    however i do agree that with this many problems, surgery is probably for the best, but the kary usually works just as good as the cleft lift if done properly by someone who knows what they are doing.

    its like myself i had a cleft lift for my third surgery but i had big problems too but i believe it is because the doc had no clue how to do it and promised me he read up on it and he could cure me.
     
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    Thanks for the support ;)

    But yeah my doc knows what he's doing. Just the bottom two stitches failed and never bothered to heal. So he's doing the 2nd surgery (highly likely considering the call from the nurse, but i see him tomorrow to confirm).

    I'm 100% confident in my surgeon. The rest healed really fast and painlessly and well asides from the two stitches that failed, but it was that little bit left open that eventually led to it getting infected on the weekend and my sinus regrowing and where we are today.
     
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    Mmmm well just got back from seeing the surgeon. He lanced my infected bit at the top. Puss went EVERYWHERE! (Well not everywhere cause I couldn't see... but in my mind the pressure relief felt like the puss could have covered the walls! :D) But yeah he said that the surgery tomorrow would be more of a cut bits of it open, have a look around, cut anything out that looks suspicious and then stitch it up again. (Take 1 week or so to heal that bit) though then still left with where i am now with the bottom bit open. But he did say that it (the bottom 3cm bit) looked like it WAS HEALING [x0x] So it's not a real new surgery, more of a surgery on top of an existing one....

    Though i did query further and he said if it was REALLY bad (which he doubted from looking at it) that he'd leave the whole thing open [though he used the term "crater"] at which i think if it was a comic strip there would have been clouds above my head going *Gosh!*...

    But yeah so feel pretty confident about tomorrow. And i can sit comfortably again. :D
     
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    i'm glad u are feeling a little better and good luck on your surgery. please keep us posted when your feeling up to it.[o+o]
     
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    Surgery in < 4 hrs.... WOOHOO! [x0x]
     

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