Well, I'm headed over to the hospital in a few minutes. The wound care nurse came to my house yesterday to pack the wound, and said that if I wait two weeks to have surgery, I'll probably be dead. She said that the whole entire abdomen is infected, and that there is no way that this will heal at all in its current state. She says I should be on strong IV antibiotics and that they should be monitoring my sed rate, and that trying to heal a wound over an infection is nuts. Not only that, but the pain level has gone up A LOT, and it drained so much yesterday when they were changing the dressing that it left a big puddle on the couch.
So here's where we run into a problem - the doctor I saw in the wound care clinic is out of network for my insurance, so the only way I'll be able to have surgery and have it covered is to go back to the ER, ask them to bring him in to consult, and go from there.
The nurse says that once the infected mesh is out and they've got out of all of the infection, that with a wound vac and iv antibiotics, things may turn around for me in 6 weeks or so. Let's hope. I'm really scared, guys. If they admit me, I'll have Paul update for me.