At 4:30 today I got the right side drain removed. YAY! I also found out one of the reasons that the drain site is so sensitive. Dr. Roxanne Guy said that there was something called “proud flesh” at the site. According to a medical website “Proud flesh is an excessive growth of granulation tissue that has the appearance of cauliflower. It usually develops over an open wound, and most often occurs in areas of excessive tension and motion”.
tissue is the perfused, fibrous that replaces a fibrin clot in healing wounds. Granulation tissue typically grows from the base of a wound and is able to fill wounds of almost any size it heals. In other words it’s the brand new flesh.
In other words, my skin was trying to heal OVER the drain site and the drain was in the way. Since I only had one stitch holding it in (I tore the other one clear out last Friday night) the drain itself tended to wobble around causing tension at the site. On top of the proud flesh and raw granulation tissue, the site is also infected. AND there were fiberous tissue strands trying to come out of the drain as well. So it’s just been a pain fiesta at that drain site. 31 flavors of pain, to quote Scott Sigler’s book “Contagious”. Which, if you haven’t started listening yet, you’re SERIOUSLY missing out.
Dr. Guy also looked at one of the suture sites on my back. She removed a greenish string of matter about an inch and a half long from that site. It’s just a very small area but as a preventative measure she wants us to do wet to dry dressings for a little while.
A wet to dry dressing is gauze that has been dampened with saline and packed into the site. It is left for several hours to dry. When it is removed, it has stuck to the matter that needs to be removed so it debrieds the area. Debridement: The act of debriding (removing dead, contaminated or adherent tissue or foreign material)
Don’t worry, there isn’t any dead tissue. She just wants to make sure the little area gets cleaned up so that it will heal properly. I am not overly concerned. After what I’ve been through, a 1 1/2 inch long area is really easy to deal with.
After seeing Dr. Guy I was absolutely ravenous! I haven’t been that hungry in a VERY long time. So we stopped by Hooters since it was on the way home. It is SO nice to feel like I’m on par with these beautiful women. We sat and talked with our server, Ashley, about the state of the economy and other political things that I’ll spare you the details of since this isn’t a political blog.
Ashley WAS right about one thing though. The chocolate mousse cake there really IS almost better than sex.