Wound Vacs

Discussion in 'Pilonidal Discussions' started by Joanna, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. Joanna

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    I don't know if your still up or not...but my vac is making a ton of noise. I tried to seal it but that doesn't work....the only way I can get it to shut up is if I lay on my back. Do you think laying on my back is bad? The pump is still at 125 mmHg its just the noise that's bothering me.
     
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    Im not sure if it's bad on your wound or not, but it could be blocking the hose when you lay on your back. is it a constant reving up the machine. I hate when that thing starts making noice
     
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    Oh yeah its constant
     
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    What if you stand up does the sound go away are get quieter? If it does get quieter maybe you can stand for a few moments and see if the leak goes away. It's hard to track down the leaks.
     
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    Nah the sound is still there when I stand. I guess ill suck it up and call a nurse tomorrow.
     
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    The machine is staying at a steady 125mmhg? If so you should be ok, just call the nurse tomorrow to come fix the leak
     
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    Yeah its staying strong at 125 no fluctuation there...oh well I guess ill stay up and play "words with friends" lol
     
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    I played that a while back but never got into it as much as some people do.
     
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    Finally got the vac to seal last night. Now I've noticed a discoloured discharge underneath the seal but not over my incisions. Do you think its something I should be worried about or do you think it can hold off till Monday when my nurse comes?

    Hope your enjoying your weekend :)
     
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    I do not remember seeing anything like that on mine, but I did not look at it back there to much. What color is it?
     
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    It's a clearish/reddish color my mom cleaned it up and it didn't smell so no I'm not really worried.
     
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    Im sure you will be fine, just keep a look on it
     
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    How are you doing today?
     
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    I am doing good, still taking it easy and not moving around to much. my wound will be healed within 2 weeks so I am happy
     
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    That's great news! So happy for you. You've been like my mentor through all of this, so thank you! My friend approached me saying he has cysts but he's been too scared for surgery. I directed him to this site. I think he's now going to get the surgery, hopefully I can help him like you helped me.

    I had to take my vac off today. The seal wouldn't stick and it didn't feel clean. So my mom is in the process right now of taking care of that, happy mothers day to her huh? Haha. She's having a rough time getting the tape marks off. Oh I'll be so happy when this is all over.

    Hope your having a good day!
     
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    Glad I could help you out, Does you friend have a pilonidal cyst? or just some other type of cyst.
     
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    He's 26 like me and had his first pilonidal cyst at 21 and has a flair up he said 4-5 times a year. Usually he just gets an antibiotic and deals with it.
     
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    I am 27 I first noticed a lump there when I was 10 years old while doing sit-ups during pe in school, It never really gave me any problems until I was around 21 years old when it opened up and started draining bad. I had no idea what it was and i went to a general surgeon and she lanced it and it did not do anything. I lived with a draining pilonidal up until my surgery 7 weeks ago. This thing will finally be healed in a week or so. Will be glad to finally get rid of it. It has held me back from doing lots of things.
     
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    I hope mine clears up soon. My mom changed my dressing today and she said she didn't notice a difference from today and the day after my surgery on 4/21. That kinda upset me.
     
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    I did not notice any differnce at all until after 2 weeks, then i started to notice a difference each week with the vac
     

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