First Post/First Surgery

Discussion in 'Pilonidal Discussions' started by yogibbear, Aug 27, 2009.

  1. yogibbear

    yogibbear New Member

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    Argh....

    Work wants me back
    Surgeon says it's good to go back (still packing of course)
    Nurses that do the daily packing say that it's probably okay to go back (and say that i can probably do the dressings myself with them doing them on the weekend)
    My mum wants me to take more time off (she doesn't live with me, but has come around a few times and i let her see the original crater after the surgery)... calls the hospital, gets a nurse from the hospital to chat to me on the phone telling me not to go back to work yet...though after her chat she was undecided herself.

    LOL!. :confused:

    My (realistic) options for next week:
    -take more time off... would be unpaid leave...
    -get up REALLY early, drive to nurse clinic, get them to dress it, probably get to work late by half an hour
    -get my local GP to dress it... get to work an hour late
    -dress it myself on weekdays... get to work on time
    -get it dressed at work or after work or something weird like that
    -spend $110/day to get a private nurse to come out and dress it at 7am
     
  2. cricket1

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    i think u would be ok dressing it yourself at your conveniance. once my wounds reached a certain size, i always packed myself because i felt like such a nuisance having family come over twice a day. u cannot really hurt it by doing so. if u want to than go ahead and return to work. just be careful not to overdo sitting on it. i really wish u the best and i hope u can figure it out and be happy with your decision.

    i personally think u cannot cause too much harm to an open wound. u could get sore but otherwise i do not see any high risks involved. good luck to u and let us know what u decide.
     
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    Do you feel confident about the do-it-yourself option?
    Otherwise, I think I would choose the local GP.
     
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    Yeah i was packing my closed failed kary for like 12+ weeks or whatever... so it's just a matter of "convincing" the nurses that see me on the weekend to give me a free supply of kaltostat and padding. :D
     
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    can you do what i am doing (and what I think you did before) which is a combination of the above: get your GP (or nurse clinic) to do it 2-3 times per week during the week and yourself the rest of the time. With nurses doing it on the weekend, you're only doing it yourself like 2-3 day per week.

    This worked for me and my bf was doing it on weekends too.
     
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    WOOHOOO we have progress.

    It's now 3cm long, 1.5cm deep.

    Was stagnant for a while a 4cm/2cm respectively.

    Only things i changed this week:

    -Taking two salt baths a day instead of one
    -Making banana smoothies with natural honey

    Either coincidence or i put it down to the extra salt baths... [:8)]

    And today's my birthday! So good news for my birthday :D
     
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    [:8)][:8)][:8)]happy birthday to u, happy birthday to u, happy birthday dear yogi, happy birthday to uuuuuuuu! what a great b-day present. i wish u the best.[D:(]
     
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    Happy birthday! [:8)]
     
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    That's great news looks like you got a little birthday present then. Happy Birthday :)
     
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    I swear this week it's just decided to kick into hyperdrive heal mode. Tonight when i was getting ready for my salt bath... the ENTIRE padding was just a thin smear of green/white exudate. No blood whatsoever [:8)]
     
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    Back to work tomorrow... in less than 14 hrs... :D
     
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    Well first week back at work went okay.

    Went back Monday
    Tuesday was Australia day so just had a BBQ at a mate's place
    Wednesday was quite short and after work was team building, so played some lawn bowls
    Thursday was a boring normal day.
    Friday RDO

    So only 3 days of work.

    This coming week is a proper 5 day working week of pain! :eek:

    Ooooo will tell you how big my alien butt is tomorrow! So far packing and salt baths and dressing it all myself during the week is going OK. But it's like 35 degrees celsius so walking from the bus station to my nicely air conditioned office is not fun at all. Dressing gets all sweaty by the time i get home and i quickly shower and jump in a bath and put a nice new dressing on. I reckon the healing is only happening at night now...

    Oh new topic... small normal looking pimples on your butt around your pilo area... are they normal? scary? do you pop them? do nothing? cover them in betadine? ignore them? freak out?... i have probably about 3 and they're all about the size of a small needle head. Just clear white puss sitting there.... nurse this morning popped one and covered it with iodine or something...
     
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    As soon as my Pilonidal is healed there are going to be some massive changes to my body. Mr Alien Butt better watch out.

    Argh! I hate how this thing has become such a large part of my life that i am literally saying everything as "as soon as i'm healed we'll go travelling to that place, or i will go sailing, or we can do this or that or whatever"......

    :eek:
     
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    i'm happy your back at work again. i'm also glad your changes are going well. i always forget its summer over there when its winter here.

    i would totally ignore the pimples. do u use tape? if so, that might be causing these and i'd stop using tape all together. if u do not use tape than sometimes everyone can get these at times and honestly they will go away eventually. your nurse popping one sounds irresponsible to me considering u do not need any further open areas for bacteria to get in thru.
     
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    Update!

    3cm long still but only 1cm deep. :D

    Come on less than 3 weeks i reckon. Go go go heal!

    Also did something a bit stupid and went to a gig which had Muse playing at (my favourite band) awesome day indeed. Danced around a bit, but no jumping, running etc. etc. just singing along etc. wound looks happy as ever.
     
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    Grrrrr.... been googling medical conditions (yeah I know... you should never ever do that unless you're actually like sick...) due to all the not-so-pilonidal related discussion on here as of lately....

    Anyway... there's a thing called "Behcet's Disease"

    And um... i seriously have like early signs of the entire thing... lame google...

    -One of my eyes has been constantly bloodshot (very faint) on the left side for like a year.
    -I get one or two mouth ulcers a year
    -I have pilonidal sinus issues
    -I get little pimples everywhere... though not a major outbreak but say every so often... like on my chest right now i can see 3 pimply things (is this folliculitis?)
    -I get jock itch from the keflex (antibiotic for flareups) but it doesn't go away very fast at all... grrrr
    -My knees crack a bit.... teehee... early arthritis of my kneees :D
    - Dementia: all my grandma's were crazy! must be genetic
    -Bowel movements: say once every 2 months there might be a dab of blood in my stool

    I'm SCREWED! :eek:

    Or over reacting.......EEEEEEPPPPPPPPPP!!!!! :cool:
     
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    Yogi, I do not know much about this disease and after googling it I think you do not have this and you should go check with your doctor anyway to make sure.

    Hang in there it will get better.
     
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    Yes I was slightly crazy when i posted that... :cool: Thanks! Going loopy being back at work.
     
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    i think the pilonidal constantly being on the mind means other sicknesses are in the area too, e.g. i self diagnose diabetes every few days because one of the symptoms of diabetes can be slow healing...

    p.s. you went to big day out with a still healing excision? if that doesnt test it out i'm not sure what will. i understand though, i remember 3 weeks after i had a knee reconstruction i was in the mosh pit at hilltop hoods, maybe not the best decision on paper but i got out of there intact so all was good
     
  20. yogibbear

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    Yeah, i wasn't "moshing". Now that would have been stupid. :D
     

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