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Well, I'm back at home. I'm getting really confused with all the mixed messages I'm getting. The wound care nurse had me thinking I was on death's door, full of infection that would consume me if I didn't have the hernia mesh removed like yesterday.

So I go to the ER, and the doc in the ER says that he doesn't see any infection at all - just lots and lots of serous fluid that's running clear. They did blood tests, and my WBC count isn't elevated at all, and I don't have a temp, again which means no infection. He consulted with the wound care doc too, who just wants me to have the wound packed and cleaned daily until I see him on the 25th. So the ER took a culture (which the results will be back in 48 hours), pumped me full of Dilaudid, and sent me home with an prescription for Vicodin.

The funny thing is, the wound care doc told me himself that the hernia mesh was infected on Monday. And now it's not? Could the antibiotics have actually knocked the infection right out of me? I sure hope so, as the wound is starting to heal (Paul says that today he had like 12-15" of dressing left over, whereas yesterday he had like 6").

Either way, I'll be glad when this is all over with. At least now that the pain is being managed, things are a bit more bearable.
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On February 14th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC), xterminal commented:
pumped me full of Dilaudid, and sent me home with an prescription for Vicodin.

Happy happy joy joy.

(Get better!)
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On February 14th, 2008 11:12 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
So glad you are doing better. It's a miracle, wouldn't you say? That's prayer--it works. Let's keep it up. Jancd
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On February 15th, 2008 03:16 am (UTC), gabriellag commented:
So glad to hear this news - I was really worried! And super yeah for Vicodin!
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On February 15th, 2008 03:24 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
glad you're doing better
Beckie,
I'm really very happy that you're doing better - you had us all really scared for you. "Enjoy" your meds - as I always say, better living through chemistry...

You'll be glad to know (I'll be posting about it very soon) that I FINALLY made it to Penzey's. Oh, was that fun! Now I know why you've raved about it. Thanks for the mental incentive to go.

Fight the good fight,
Lorence
On February 17th, 2008 01:11 am (UTC), (Anonymous) replied:
Re: glad you're doing better
I'm still kinda scared - there's something about having a hole in you where there isn't supposed to be one that keeps a person on their toes. ;) I'm so glad you finally made it to Penzey's. Looks like you got a great haul, although color me surprised that you didn't buy out the entire store.
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On February 15th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
omg
i have the same thing going on right now i had surgery on the 21 of jan and i have seen my dr every other day for the past week and ahalf to try to drain this thing!!!! i just want to know when it will all stop..... i want to get back to my life... are you in pain??? i sure am....
On February 17th, 2008 12:54 am (UTC), (Anonymous) replied:
Re: omg
Luckily, the pain is under control thanks to the meds they gave me in the ER. And although I don't know the answer to how long it will all take to stop, I'm with you - the sooner the better!
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On March 28th, 2008 12:42 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
health?
Hi - been following your blog(s) for several months and was curious how you are feeling now that the major issues of the surgery have cleared up (?). Could you tell us a bit about how you both are feeling and the weight loss numbers?

I was also wondering if you could describe how you have to eat with this type of surgery. Do you still have to limit the types of food, quantity, frequency... or does that not matter at all? Does it just not get absorbed at all and you can eat what you want?

Keep up the interesting writing!! Thanks so much for allowing us into your world.
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