My scar opened up for a third time quite badly the end of last week and over the weekend. I was very concerned and called the doctor. The opening was draining through 2 packs of 2 2x2 and three packages of 2 4x4s and tape. I, somehow, also have an infection now. I saw my doctor on Thursday who put me on infection pills (it's rough nowt being able to have calcium and dairy products with them) and a new dressing change with an appointment next week. My dressing changes are twice a day and very painful. I have been instructed to put a 2x2 guaze dipped in saline into the wound, and then cover over with more guaze. My problem is that it is very painful to pull the guaze out. It has been sticking to the wound and even when we soak it to try and moisten it to pull out, it still sticks. I have to use a towel to keep the blood from going everywhere. The towel is totally bloody by the time we are finished and I am in a lot of pain until it is repacked. I am actually quite scared and would prefer not to have this done. In the past, I was to use petrolatum guaze but the doctor has changed plans. He mentioned possibly stitching the wound up at my next appointment as long as I can keep the area very clean and infection-free. My husband actually told me tonight (after changing the dressing alone for the first time since it has opened this time) that he doesn't feel comfortable doing the dressing change and doesn't want to because he knows how painful it is for me. He hated hearing me scream in pain as he tried to pull the guaze out. I want to call the doctor and tell him that I want to use another method but he is off and home care probably wouldn't do anything unless they had orders from the doctor. On another note, I am so depressed and frustrated by this whole thing. I think I'm the only person the doctor (and home care) have seen who has had a problem with healing. [=(] It's an awful feeling. My mom says she can fit her pointer and middle finger from the knuckle to the tip in the opening. Does anyone have any suggestions for helping with the dressing change? I need uplifting words of encouragement and help dealing with this.