Saturday, April 11, 2009

And then there was the complication

I always get some kind of complication.  And not the kind of complication they discuss with you prior to surgery.  The stupid kind that 0.01% of the population gets.  That's me!

It took me days to find out what it is called, but the surgical saran wrap they cover you within the operating room is called adhesive-backed surgical incise drape.  I don't like it one bit.  Nor does my ridiculously sensitive skin.

I worship the person who came up with that stretchy cling wrap they use at labs when you get a blood draw.  That stuff ROCKS!  Prior to its inception, there was the band aid.  Band aids are worse for me than the actual blood draws.  They peel at least 18 layers of my skin off, even if I wait till they get funky after several showers and fall off.  I hate band aids.

Adhesive-backed surgical incise drape is about 1000X worse than bandaids.  Yeah.  It sucks.  Most people don't even know about it as it's put on the surgical site after you're knocked out.  And most people don't have some kind of wicked crazy reaction to it (or its adhesive).

It started with a little itching on my belly Tuesday and now I have a full blown, raised, red angry rash that runs from side to side, chest to legs. Niiiiiiice.  And it itches like the dickens!  What is it now? Saturday.  Friday I got a note from the nurse to just take some benadryl.  Yeah.  We're past benadryl at this point.  Long past.  It's more like I need a huge dose of steroids.  But that screws up blood sugars and slows wound healing, so it looks like I will just have to suffer in scritchy silence.

And now I smell like Old Lady.  I reek of Gold Bond Powder.

But there is a flip side. The weirdest thing is I can breathe through my nose now!

Since the surgery, I have not had any problems breathing through my nose at all.  Matter of fact, Monday night I woke up in the wee hours of the morning and realized I was breathing through my nose, my mouth was shut and I was not drooling.  DEAR DIARY!  It's been that way since.  Even being home with the 4 dogs and not feeling up to sweeping.  Go figure.

My friend Jes thinks it might be due to a gluten allergy.  And that I haven't had any gluten containing foods since surgery.  It might be, because my mother has celiac disease.  But the Vanderbilt ASAP clinic told me I had no food allergies.  I'll have to double check that. 

However, I'm not going to question it.  If I can breathe, then good for me!  I'm just going to enjoy it and the lack of post nasal drip that comes along with it. Yippeee!!!

Here are two of my incisions and you can see the boxes of no-rash around them.  The rest is my fun, itchy rash!

1 comment:

Fastlass said...

well hell - no wonder I haven't heard back from you!?