Monday, December 22, 2008

All 24 Staples Are Out - Whew

Well, I am happy to report that I went to see my surgeon today. Yep, I went and had my 24 staples removed and boy oh boy does it feel much better. No more tugging, pulling and stretching over every single staple. Last night I noticed that the area around my staples were starting to show pus so I was getting worried to say the least that I could have an infection. My surgeon basically informed me that it is just a way that my body tells me that the staples are a foreign object and they are ready to be removed. He removed each and every one of them and to be honest there were a few of them that were a bit painful, but nothing like that drainage tube that was removed before I left the hospital to come home. Did I ever tell you about that drainage tube? Well, I would be more then happy to share that with you now..... I had this drainage tube that was hanging out of the side of my stomach and it was basically draining out all of the blood and other fluids that were in my surgery area. Well, this tube had to be stripped in order to keep me from getting an infection and well the day that I left to go home, they took it out. Now, I have felt some uncomfortable things before and I have dealt with some pain especially when conceiving Cameron and IVF and all, but the removal of the drainage tube was NO COMPARISON!!! Yep, no comparison at all. They put my hospital bed flat and that hurt bad enough as it is because it just pulled on everything, she clipped the stitch that was holding it in place and then she pulled out this HUMONGOUS 12-15 inch tube that was in my side. Oh, the pain was awful. I screamed so loud and tears were falling down my cheeks and I couldn't believe the pain that I was feeling. Oh, it was awful and all I could think of was "Yep, they already took out the IV and now I am in MAJOR need of some strong strong pain meds!" When they pulled that tube out, I could feel everything inside my belly move around and it literally felt like my insides were being torn out. Anyway, the removal of the staples weren't that bad at all in comparison to the drainage tube. So, now I am experiencing the freedom of no staples and truly enjoying it to say the least. My doctor told me that I would feel better in about an hour after they were taken out, but I felt better instantly. No more tugging or pulling and the discomfort was very small compared to what I have been experiencing over the past 2 weeks. I am still on weight restrictions for the next 4 weeks, but my recovery should be pretty easy from here or at least that is what I am praying for. Anyway, I posted a couple updated pictures of my belly...... ignore my wonderful baby stretch marks, but hopefully in another week this might look a bit better and keep improving! Funny because my doctor said it looked great and I thought it could look ALOT better (hahaha).



6 comments:

Stacy C. said...

The tube is very painful when they remove it.I had a chest tube years ago to drain blod out of my lung.

Maybe you will be able to move around better with out the staples.

Kelly said...

all I can say is OUCH!!!
So glad that you are feeling better.

He And Me + 3 said...

My thoughts exactly. OUCH! I had a tubal & had like 6 staples and when she took one of the 6 out I thought I was going to go through the roof...Yikes it hurt because it was a little stuck in the skin. Glad those are out...I know it must feel much better:)

Davisix said...

I think the removing of the staples is awful. I've had 3 c-sections and a hysterectomy. They stapled me all the way across all 4 times. I ALWAYS dreaded having the staples removed! But it's worth it and you'll feel better so much faster. :) Ang

Stacey said...

Yeah! No more staples! I am so glad that they are all gone now. All I have to say is that it is my hope to never need to know what it is like to either have a drainage tube pulled out or staples removed. However, I would do what ever it would take if it came right down to it, especially when it comes to having a little bundle of joy. :) That tummy of yours looks a lot better. Hopefully you will find each day easier and easier with getting around to do things and sleeping. :) My prayers are always with you and Shawn and Cameron. Love you much! ~Stacey

McCrakensx4 said...

OUCH! That is how I felt both times I had my staples removed (from a c-sec & my hysterectomy). Glad they are out and you are feeling better!