Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Yet Another Wound Update and Nausea Update

There's some continued good news on that front. The armpit area, where we are trying to grow skin, went from a trapezoidal area of 3.5 by 1.5cm at one end and 1.0 at the other end to 2.3 by 1.3 at one end and 0.8 cm at the other.

The one open area (that opened up prior to surgery) went from 0.6 x 0.4 cm to 0.5 x 0.3 cm.

The other two wounds (the chest sutures and the skin graft donor site) have no sign of infection.

There is a hard lump that appeared, on the arm side opposite the open area where we're growing skin. The wound care nurse said that it looked like scar tissue. The fact that the lymphedema (on the upper arm, nearest the armpit) seems more swollen made her think that this area of scar tissue arose because of increased swelling.

Increased swelling is due to how I'm wrapping my arm, but also because of the increased heat.

I also feel less nauseous. I walked home from wound care today (maybe under a mile). I'm doing more and feeling better. I feel more like my own self. Thank goodness. I hate nausea.


j said...

Gosh, but that is good to hear that the wounds seem to be healing. (Though typing the word "wounds" -- plural!!! seems so very, very wrong!) Hooray for feeling more like your own self! Hooray, hooray, hooray! I continue to marvel at how the mind tries to reconcile the transformation of the body.... Do you know, it has been three years and I STILL look in the mirror sometimes and think, "Is that me? How did that get to be me? Who was I before, again?? Who am I now?" It is strange. Not necessarily bad. But strange.

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