Let the melting commence.


Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Today is three weeks out. Apologies for not updating — haven’t had the time and/or energy to do it. I’m down a total of 42-45 lbs., depending on when I weigh myself. Twenty before, now about 22-25 after.

Had a scare Friday, which I posted on OH. I went in for my two-week post-op last Monday and pointed out a similar lump on my largest incision — it was oval, about the size of a goose egg and firm, although not hard. The PA said it was just normal swelling and not to worry about it.

On Friday, I had (fortunately) taken the day off because I was feeling a little sniffly and didn’t want to risk anything worse. I stood up from the couch and noticed a little leaking from that incision, which had never happened before. As I took the first step toward the bathroom, the leaking turned into a gush, and out poured over a cup of blood and yellowy stuff (didn’t smell too bad but a LOT of it) onto the floor! After that yellowy blood, it started bleeding regular red. I called my husband home from work, and the surgeon’s office said to go to the ER, so we did. I looked like a Halloween costume — I was covered in blood from the waist down, soaking my socks.

After a lot of tests, including a CAT scan, the ER doc said it was a hematoma. I didn’t have any infection, so they just dressed it and sent me home with instructions to be inactive and follow up on Monday. It was scary, and I can’t help but think that the PA should have looked a little closer at the swelling, because it was a good size…could have been drained in the office instead of all over my floor. (Fortunately, it was a Pergo floor, and the blood missed the area rug we have in the family room!)

Today I went in for a wound checkup, and it’s all fine. These are pretty common, but good lord, scary and disruptive.

I had a scrambled egg yesterday for my first “mush” food, and it was heaven. Now I’m off to the kitchen for some cottage cheese. Small pleasures, right?

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