worm2butterfly2012's Journal, 21 April 2013

Well, I guess I should add an update to what has been going on here. I had surgery on 4/1. I had my barium swallow on 4/9 which showed no leaks--yeah!! They removed my drain on that same day---boy did that hurt! About a week later, I noticed some redness around one of the incisions with a hardened area. I think what happened is that I developed a small hematoma (blood collection) that caused a cellulitis (infection in my skin). I went in to see the surgeon and they placed me on some antibiotics. I've been on the antibiotics for 2 days now and I still am not seeing any improvement. Things aren't getting worse either. I'll call the doctor again on Monday if things aren't improved. There is a chance that they may have to open that incision back up and evacuate the hematoma to get this to clear up. I have a tendency to bruise easily and have had 3 hematomas prior to this on my legs. Seems like I always develop cellulitis, but it usually clears with antibiotics. Other than this infection issue everything is going fine. I'm still eating pureed food, but next week I start of soft foods--yeah!! I miss fresh veggies, but I have to wait until I'm on regular food before I can start eating that kind of thing. I don't feel hungry anymore. I feel thirsty more than anything and drink quite a bit of water. I've never been much of a water drinker in the past, but that seems to be what I want now. I tend to crave meat and veggies. I see sugar filled things and have no desire for them because I know they will make me sick and I hate being sick. It's been rather easy staying on track so far. One problem that has developed is my medicine causing me to feel nauseous and it never did before. I tried 3 different multivitamins and all made me feel sick. I finally found one that didn't and it is the gummy vitamins. I'm off my blood pressure medicine and some of my other medicine doses have decreased, so I am happy about that. I wish this infection would not have developed, but hopefully the antibiotics will take care of it.

Diet Calendar Entries for 21 April 2013:
854 kcal Fat: 14.57g | Prot: 65.33g | Carb: 117.40g.   Breakfast: Light & Fit Greek - Vanilla, Instant Oatmeal Weight Control - Maple and Brown Sugar. Lunch: Instant Oatmeal Weight Control - Maple and Brown Sugar, AdvantEDGE Carb Control Shake - Strawberry Cream. Dinner: Chicken Tortilla Soup, Grapes. Snacks/Other: Sugar Free Popsicles. more...
3009 kcal Activities & Exercise: Resting - 12 hours, Sleeping - 12 hours. more...

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Try Manuka honey. Apply it topically to the incision and cover with a bandage. Change 3 times a day. This honey has antibiotic properties. It even kills MRSA bacteria. You can also eat it, but if sweets bother you, it might not be good for you.  
21 Apr 13 by member: SheaDlady
Glad to hear from ya! Hope the infection goes away quickly and you don't need it cleared out! You sound good, healing always takes longer than we want. Let us know how your doing! 
22 Apr 13 by member: Lizzygracemusic

     
 

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