Getting to this day has been equally long and hard as well as quick and easy, a total contradiction of sorts. Long and hard as the leg has been waking up more, thus creating more aches and pains, and stinging.
But quick and easy too, as is it really only 2 weeks ago I was nervously getting ready to have this surgery done?!
Taking my own hospital provided dressing in, to replace the surgical one I’ve worn for 2 weeks. Though it may be dried and not leaking now, once the staples come out, it has a tendency to bleed a bit from the staple holes. So another dressing is needed.
As you can see the dressing measures over 13inches long! I think my scar is between 11-12inches from my measurements.
Also needed and provided by the hospital is my staple remover tool to hand to the nurse, she will use this to snip the staple in half which then levers them out.
Here it is before the staples came out, a bit plucked chicken skin, but the wound itself is clean (surprised after I had the same dressing on for 2 weeks) it looks a normal colour, no redness, or oozing. So that eased a lot of anxiety seeing it so good.
Felt a touch faint at times, the nurse did alternate ones at first, they tug, they sting, and although it doesn’t especially hurt, it makes me woozy, and hot. So I had to stop for a few seconds pause, to adjust myself (I was standing) and to ensure I didn’t faint. The last few came out while I sat down thankfully.
New dressing on now for a couple of days, as staples leave little open holes, so these need to close as well. But the tight feeling the skin had has gone. Glad it’s done and dusted.