Hey guys. So I'm new on this heavenly site... thanks to everyone for being so open & honest & helpful. I had the excision surgery last Friday, 6 days ago. Definitely dreading the packing. Agree that days 3 thru 5 are the WORST but the packing is still soooooooo awful. Which is why I'm here... any advice on packing? My mom is a godsend and does it for me but like she keeps saying "she's not a nurse" she packs it with wet gauze but obviously it hurts like WOAH when she pulls it out. Packing twice a day and I get in the shower to get it wet before she pulls it out, although I don't think its helping. Like everyone says I take 2 vicodin before the packing ... but nothing seems to make it easier. She's afraud she's packing it too much, or that she's not doing it right. How do u know when there's enough gauze in it??? Its only the beginning and I know its the hardest part but any lil tips that would help would be GREATLY appreciated. The cyst was cut open midline, prob 3 inches long and down to the bone, so the lovely crater is pretty deep. Definitely the worst thing I've been through and still have WEEEEEKS left to go. Thanks for reading & any advice will be useful. Thanks guys!!