FOLLOW UP #4 – DR. SPIEGEL
The left incision has finally closed and the possibility of another surgery has been eliminated. Something called a “knot stitch” (used at one end of an incision to create an “anchor” in creating a long line of stitches to close it) was trying to pop through the surface of my skin. I noticed it bulging and felt something sharp as well, but didn’t know what it was. Nicole, Dr. Spiegel’s PA, said that, most of the time, our bodies absorb it, but in my case, my body was trying to push it out. She made a gentle opening and took it out, placed a bandage and that was that. The holes from the drains are still healing, but doing very well. I will return again in two weeks because the swelling on the right hasn’t gone down as much as the left. All normal, they just need to follow closely before they clear me. I can drive again!! Four weeks of being a passenger – not favorable. I still have to sleep on my back for another couple weeks. Not to be whiny, but I hate that part. I sneak a short side break in here and there, but I always move back, automatically it seems.