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Not QUITE all done...

My appointment yesterday to have my sutures removed went . . . poorly. She succeeded in removing about two-thirds of them, but the process was so painful, even when I was under the influence of nitrous, that I had to have her stop. I still have about a dozen left in my foot.

The reason for this has to do with the nature of scar tissue*. Scar tissue can heal in one of two ways: The first, and most common (as I understand it), is that the scar tissue is numb, with no sensation at all. The second way is that the scar tissue becomes hypersensitive, as if all the nerves were turned up to eleven.

For me, the latter is apparently the case. The scar tissue forming over the incision is very, very, very sensitive, and removing the sutures felt like she was ripping them out with pliers. I have an appointment next Monday to have the rest of them taken out, before which I will take an oral sedative and perhaps have a topical anaesthetic applied. Needless to say, I will have someone transport me to the appointment rather than driving there myself.

So . . . not quite all done, but not too far from it, either.


*I kept wanting to type "scare tissue". Darn fingers... ;-)


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May. 16th, 2012 01:34 pm (UTC)

I wonder if icing it down would have helped? Here's hoping this is all done with sooner as opposed to later.

Heh; scar tissue isn't one that I slip on, but onset is--I keep mistyping 'oneset'.

Oh! and if you need something to help soften the scar tissue a bit, Bag Balm might help. Smells a bit funky but it works wonderfully.
May. 16th, 2012 01:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the suggestion. I have this great stuff called Monkey Balm, though, that works really well. Not time to start using it yet (the incision is still slightly open in places), but when it is, it will definitely help.
May. 16th, 2012 09:26 pm (UTC)
The great thing about Bag Balm is that it *can* be used on open wounds. It's used to keep cow udders soft and not dry or cracked. It will also help with the healing.
May. 17th, 2012 11:46 am (UTC)
Interesting. Okay, I'll take a look at it. Thanks.
May. 16th, 2012 01:38 pm (UTC)
So...you're even an overachiever with scar tissue....
May. 16th, 2012 02:00 pm (UTC)
My friend, I have never been an overachiever with anything. ;-)
May. 16th, 2012 02:27 pm (UTC)
May. 16th, 2012 02:53 pm (UTC)
Ouch! I send hugs and hope the healing process goes smoothly.
May. 16th, 2012 03:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :)
May. 16th, 2012 03:34 pm (UTC)
Wow.....once I had an idiot put my stitches in in this weird way. My skin grew over then and yes he did go get the pliers and dig them out. It was really awful.
May. 16th, 2012 03:35 pm (UTC)
This wasn't incompetence on her part. The sutures are well done. It just hurts like a mofo when they get pulled out. :/
May. 16th, 2012 04:05 pm (UTC)
Mine WERE a result of incompetence. He made a three inch cut to remove a tiny discolored freckle. Then sewed it wrong. Then literally had to get out the pliers and cussed while he dug holes in my back with no anesthesia. Later I overheard the nurses calling him "The Butcher" so yeah I found another Dr. Still have a huge scar on my back.
May. 16th, 2012 05:44 pm (UTC)
Eek! No bueno! :(
May. 16th, 2012 03:59 pm (UTC)
I just hope that this is the last of it -- next Monday, that is. I understand how health problems can be a real downer; may your world start looking up again Real Soon Now...
May. 16th, 2012 05:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, it will. I'm taking a week's vacation! :D
May. 16th, 2012 04:06 pm (UTC)
BTW your candle is still burning...
May. 16th, 2012 05:44 pm (UTC)
Wow. That must be a heck of a candle... ;-)

(And thank you, very much.)
May. 16th, 2012 06:49 pm (UTC)
From personal experience (the scar down the middle of my chest is hypersensitive. yes, it sucks) ice is not a good idea. It tends to make everything -ache-. Though it might be different for you since yours is an extremity and a relatively new scar.
May. 16th, 2012 06:51 pm (UTC)
I'll stick with elevation and ibuprofen. And sedatives when it comes time to pull the remaining sutures.
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May. 17th, 2012 11:43 am (UTC)
You up for dinner tonight after work?
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May. 17th, 2012 12:06 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm having lunch with my boss today, so I probably won't be done with work until about 5 or 5:30. So ... let's say 5:45 to be safe? If it can be earlier (for instance, if my boss decides to let me go early today, since tomorrow is my birthday), I'll call and let you know.
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May. 17th, 2012 12:10 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a plan! :D
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May. 17th, 2012 07:54 am (UTC)
I hope that your upcoming stitch-digging-out is successful. I wish this process weren't so painful for you! *sending good thoughts your way*
May. 17th, 2012 11:45 am (UTC)
Believe me, I wish the same thing! But hey, one can't have all the luck. Considering that the heel breaking in the first place was the first major bone breakage in my entire life, and also considering that I could just as easily have landed on something else, resulting in diminished function, and end to my career, or death . . . I think I've been pretty fortunate, overall.

But thank you very much. Hopefully the sedation and other medication will help. :)
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