If I were less of a Pollyanna-like person, I might be starting to get bummed out by these setbacks. I guess it’s not too surprising, considering the other complications I’ve had that have left me in a weakened state, but damn… It’s now looking unlikely that I will be going home on Tuesday. At best, it would be later in the week. My abscess is continuing to drain big-time and shows no signs of closing up on its own. The weekend attending doc (Dr. M.) says there’s a good chance that Dr. P. will want to install a Wound Vac on this thing. This will apparently involve a brief trip to the OR with anesthesia, a good cleaning and thorough examination of the abscess just to be sure my small bowel isn’t involved. Then they make the opening a little bigger, clean up the edges, and install the vac. Its job is to suck the goo out of the abscess and help it close up. A couple of nurses have told me that Wound Vacs work really well, so… that’s something to be optimistic about.
On the up side, my pain regimen is still working quite well and I’m still eating pretty well. (But not pooping in a couple days — which makes us wonder about the bowel).
Sigh… this is very tiring. But I remain optimistic that they WILL get this thing under control, it will eventually heal, and I’m going to have some time of feeling relatively normal before we take the next step (whatever that will be) on this journey.