September 28th: surgery - 7 days of bed rest, not much pain. Drove after 12 days which was uncomfortable. In hindsight I think waiting 3 weeks before driving would of been ideal. October: second phase of initial healing, drain removed, one small opening at bottom of suture and a separate small wound separate from suture which is about one inch away from bottom of suture, near anus. Seeing nurse every other day. Felt very deflated that suture split - but told by surgeon it's rare to not have a split or two. November: small opening on suture closed, separate wound almost healed. Seeing nurse once a week. Using antibiotic gel. December: everything healed apart from slight over granulation on the seperate wound, looks like a dry red patch 1cm in length. After coming to my own conclusion that silver nitrate could be halting my last stage of healing I researched home remedies for slight granulation and discovered table salt could work. Sprinkled table salt on area and it went away in a few days. Very pleased with myself! January: all healed! scar tissue getting lighter in colour!