First Post/First Surgery

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  1. yogibbear

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    Hm... well i think my wound has stopped healing again. And the amount of blood has increased a little... before it'd only leave some red blotches when i removed the kaltostat now it has started letting a little blood drain again when i bend over in the shower... but then it stops when i get in the bath... [:^]

    Positive thoughts... come on heal damn you! :cool:
     
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    Well today was my RDO so went to the clinic instead of doing the dressing change myself (which i have been doing on weekdays for the past 3 weeks, and going to the clinic on weekends). They used this big matchstick looking thing of Silver Nitrate as they weren't happy with the granulation. Said that it was all mushy and probably colonised with bacteria (likely just due to the area... close to anus... sweat... hairs etc. etc.) But it's still perfectly clean, hasn't started forming another sinus or anything. Just bleeds a lot of blood when the dressing changes happen, but then stops bleeding as soon as the dressing changes are over. Mainly just get a bit of blood when i bend over in the shower to start making the salt bath.

    Anyway... was a bit worried having read about it hurting a lot. Couldn't feel a thing. AgNO3 resistant is my nerveless butt. [oyo]

    8 weeks post 2nd surgery.... still no end in sight. Oh and they also started putting iodosorb (iodine granules) in with the kaltostat.

    *sigh* :cool:
     
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    2nd dose of silver nitrate today. She'll probably do it again tomorrow...

    Hm... hope this makes the wound kickstart healing again. She said the sides are perfect colour and healing and everything so they don't need any of the AgNO3, but that the very bottom of the wound is a bit too gunky/goey/globby etc. but still pink/red....
     
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    Anyone care to comment? Anyone had success with these silver nitrate matchstick things?
     
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    sorry Yogi I can't comment on the silver nitrate as I've never had it, but wanted to wish you speedy healing, hope it does the trick.

    Mine had closed at 7 weeks post op but I think only superficially as it was back open the next day. We're not packing as it's only about 1-2mm deep, just showering and replacing the dressing every couple of days. It is gradually getting smaller, just painfully slowly. I guess my celebrations of speedy healing were short lived... the slow down could be due to many things: going back to work, sitting down a lot, worse diet, more alcohol, lots of stress... or just the wound being so deep in my cleft and getting no air.

    Sorry again for having nothing constructive, just hijacking your thread!!

    Good luck :)
     
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    Nah nah it's cool. This has become quite a lengthy journal of my experience so far. Pretty hilarious posting all 8 months of it up here.

    Anyway had some more silver nitrate again today. Nurse was very happy and said that she only had to put it on two little bits today (rather than the entire base of the wound).

    I'm now at 1.4cm deep and 5cm long.

    Each nurse seems to measure it slightly differently length-wise... so i'm really only interested in the maximum depth. But that max depth bit is only for about a 2cm section. Kinda into me at the top. So yeah it's still getting a tiny bit shallower (0.1cm in a week)...
     
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    Well this week i saw the nurse on tuesday and then surgeon on friday (quick look, all clean etc. etc. see you again in another month...), and then the nurse again this morning... one tiny little spot wanted some silver nitrate and the rest was all good. This morning when i was getting the kaltostat out of me it was back to the little 20 cent sized green patch on the dressing. Woohoo! [:8)] Hopefully it is finally back on the healing path... still massive... 1.4cm deep, 5 cm long....
     
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    Well another week down. This morning the nurse said it looked great. And that the one bit that was still quite deep was finally coming up to meet the rest of it. [:8)] Come on heal alien butt!!! < 2 months more please :D I'm getting sick of not chatting up girls in bars anymore... :(
     
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    that silver nitrate for me was the most painful thing i ever had!
     
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    oh for me too but i guess some people do not mind it.
     
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    1cm Deep. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I can almost see the bottom when i do the dressing changes myself now. [:8)][:8)][:8)]
     
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    Yeah the nurse told me that it might hurt a bit... and i kinda was like "that thing looks scary as hell... as if you're sticking that in me!" but then it didn't really hurt at all. I just smelt some burning flesh and felt some prodding but otherwise... guess all the nerves got completely shafted after the surgery and are yet to start regrowing (hence my totally lack of pain)
     
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    I hope your wound keeps up the good work!! Got my fingers crossed for you.

    I've had hardly any pain either really... packing never hurt (except occasional twinges when they were rough) I dont have much feeling in the area at all. I figured it was the nerves being cut too (great for me, the one nice things the docs did!!)
     
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    Hmm.... stopped healing this week. Nurse reckons it hasn't done much since she last saw it...

    Said something about Aquacell AG (Silver dressing) to try maybe next weekend...

    Already tried: kaltostat, aquacel, algisite, curasorb and um.... something i forget...
     
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    yogibbear
    Just spent part of my afternoon reading this whole thread. It reminds me of the time between my second and fourth surgeries!!! You have been through a lot for such a young person.
    Silver nitrate has been my absolute worst nightmare!!!! When the Dr used it every week for I can't remember how many months, I would cry all the way home (30 minute drive).
    My fifth pilo surgery is booked for next month and my original surgeon's daughter is performing this one (Dad first operated on me in 1974). I asked her if she was an advocate of silver nitrate and she said yes, just like her father. That means she will automatically use silver nitrate starting at week 2 until healing (at least 16 weeks usually for me!!! :eek: )
    I hope the healing happens soon for you!!!
    Suzanne
     
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    Hm... well over the weekend we switched to "curasalt" (yep, it's different to curasorb). Seriously who comes up with these names?

    Anyway this is like the 11th different thing we're shoving inside me and it actually seems to be the best so far... going to get them to pack it the whole of this week and just wake up at like 5am so i can drive to the clinic and still get to work like just 30 mins late each day for a week and see if it kickstarts the healing because it's pretty much stopped otherwise.

    Hopeful, but don't want to get too exited like every other time i get another 1 mm healed in a month. Still basically the same size.

    My cavity is like one giant cocktail pit for breeding bacteria and every single week they decide to start having a party in there on a thursday night... you reckon they'd get sick of it. I swear after a couple of weeks of a type of dressing they get resistant to it and then i have to switch again.
     
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    Yogi,

    You still have a sense of humor through all this??

    You are amazing, all of you pilo sufferers are!!! A tough bunch, if ever I saw one.

    Yogi, your butt may be faulty, but your attitude isn't. [^^] You should be proud of yourself and the way you are dealing with what is often a frustrating and depressing disease.
     
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    I think that a sense of humor is one of the most important weapons you can take with you into any medical battle.
    I have a saying that I use to defend myself when people have a hard time understanding this.

    "If I don't laugh, I will cry and if I start to cry, I will never stop."

    Suzanne
     
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    Woohooo! Curasalt has definitely made an impact. It's separating into two different holes now. :D Not sure how deep it is, but it's no longer boggy. I've kept driving like 20 mins each way at 5.30 in the morning before work to the nurses and back so i can get to work on time (despite almost falling asleep at my desk at 4.30pm...) so I haven't had to dress it myself since switching. I think it would be a bit hard because curasalt is more of a gauzy product covered in salt solution stuff so i'd just get it everyone and all rolled into a ball rather than effectively placed into the wound. (Whereas Kaltosta/Curasorb etc. are much easier to self-care with). Anyway... seems to be coming along nicely. Will get an updated depth this coming easter weekend. :cool: Hoping for maybe... 5-8mm. Moving out of home tomorrow and renting.... might put a bit of stress on the wound but at least i'll be able to lie around the house naked and air out my wound... teeeheee... so not a freak... [oyo]
     
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    So fricking tired. Had 3 coffees today at work and still almost fell asleep at my desk. Not healing at all really. We've switched again now to a dressing called Inodine yah...... so yeah it's an iodine based gauze type thing. Just like every single other thing we've tried shoving in there. Though the nurses say that it looks slightly different every single day. I don't believe it. Though i still make jokes and so fourth, and all that but the list of things that i have been putting off doing for almost a year since the first surgery is starting to pile up and i'm getting really annoyed with not exercising and not having a normal weekend.

    Though i did just move out of home and am now living by myself so maybe that's why i'm a little bit more tired than usual... oh well. New place is awesome and doesn't really affect my PS. Though i have been getting consistently late to work due to driving to nurses and catching a different bus to work now... not sure if i can keep doing this for like more than 2 months. Seriously it has to heal soon.... surely. :(
     

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