No, could've been anything I guess but bacteria got in there somehow. The first time I saw all the wounds was the night I was home after discharge because the dressings hadn't been changed since my surgery on the Wed (7/11). At first look that one (top left - the one they do most of the work through) looked a bit messy. The clips were uneven & one side of the wound was a couple of millimeters higher than the other at one end (basically I could see yellow sub-cut tissue). Anyway it had old crusty blood from surgery around it too & that stuff is just a magnet for bacteria so that won't have helped either.
What was really disheartening was that I was doing SO well too! I'd followed all my surgeons instructions, I'd been doing laps of the hospital grounds on the Friday - I was on track for a no nonsense speedy recovery. But then I woke up on Monday morning just unable to move because of the incredible pain just under my left ribs. I couldn't sit up, I couldn't walk further than the bathroom (& that was heavily drugged with analgesics & even then I was squealing). I put it down to my own fault of doing too much & not respecting that my body had to heal you know? So I put up with it all week; lying in bed, reading peoples posts about getting out of hodpital & not needing anymore painkillers & how much they'd lost by Day 6 etc & I was lying in my bed thing 'are you freakin kidding me?!!' lol!
So yesterday I saw my family doctor & he said 'you've got a big access under that & I expect it will blow soon which will be messy but you'll feel a damn sight better!' so I'm now on liquid antibiotics (which are GAWPING they taste SO bad!) an extension of my post-op anti-inflammatories & a big box of absorbant swabs to dress it. I'm seeing my surgeon Monday.
But I have to say its definitely easier. I'm on the same high doses of drugs but they now cover the pain to a point where I can get up for a little while & just look 'easier' - but once about 3 hours is up I'm back to being bent over in pain - but hey, I'm seeing the light at the end of the tunnel now...I know its nothing worse than an infection, nothing went wrong with the surgery itself - in fact if it wasn't for this issue I'd be flying like you too so the worst is over, I've now had my bypass (woohoo!!! can you believe its actually over for us?! lol!) & now I just have to get better & get on with my life.
But oh, I'm not joking...that was THE worst pain I've EVER experienced...I just couldn't understand why you guys weren't all experiencing it too lol!!
So that's my tragic story - be sure to keep in touch & let me know how you are doing now.
love, Carrie xxx