And those of you who went through the surgical journey with me last year might recognize that little piece of machinery pictured above. It’s a wound VAC, and it may once again become part of my wardrobe essentials.
The one big spot on my back is still a big spot. The other two little spots on the other side really weren’t little spots -they were hiding a deeper issue. If you can envision a pair of sunglasses, with the nose piece holding the two lenses together, that’s kind of what the wound looked like. Today, we opted (okay, maybe the me part of “we” wasn’t as enthusiastic about this choice) to snip the nose piece section, and a small cavern opened up. A wound VAC may be what we need to speed healing in those two areas on my back.
We are still not sure what caused my incisions to open. I may not have been the most compliant patient, but I think there’s something else going on. My age might have an impact; or perhaps not paying close enough attention to protein in my diet. I’ve sworn off of Twinkies, so maybe I’m not getting enough preservatives in my diet, either?
Whatever it is, it looks like we are in this for the long haul once again. Fortunately, I have remained infection free – which is awesome news! I am armed with all of the most important tools to see this through – faith, trust, pixie dust, a wonderful doctor, and amazing friends and family.
Fasten your seatbelts, my friends. It’s gonna be a bumpy ride!