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Oh, one more Day 3 thing

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I forgot to mention this earlier, so now I am that always-posting chick. ;)

Last night right before bed I changed into comfy sleep clothes and on a whim, decided to see what all my incisions looked like.  I got quite a shock. Everything up top looked fine.  The lowest of the incisions also looked fine, weren't painful, and felt cool to the touch. However, a large swath of the skin below the lower incisions was a deep, angry, mottled purple and red.  

I immediately became convinced I was bleeding out internally, or had some sort of hideous flesh-eating infection.  I called the hospital to speak to the on-call bariatric surgeon.  Who turned out to be my surgeon. Between me asking to have the on-call paged and him calling back... MAYBE ten seconds elapsed.  I had not even put down my phone yet!

When I told him about it, he said that was totally normal, and just bruising, and it would go away, and "Get some rest.  GO TO BED!"  He seemed highly amused, but said I was right to call and check, and always should if I saw or felt anything weird.  He's a great doc.

Anyway, for pre-ops who may be in my post-op shoes one day, here's what it looked like. Apologies for the graphic nature of the image!  I'm just hoping to put some minds at ease if anyone in need should happen to wander by. 

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that would look frightening if you didn't know what to expect (thanks for showing those coming up behind you)....from the nursing side of it, if only you knew what your body goes through (during any surgery), you'd be amazed that is all you have! haha!  and no, don't go searching for videos of any surgeries, not sure if they have them on youtube or not, but not worth freaking yourself out on! 

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I very much appreciate you sharing the information and the picture. If I had not seen this and it happened to me, I would totally freak out and be at the ER! Thank you :)

BTW- I am the type that needs to know all of the details. Gory or not.

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Given the blood thinners they've pumped into you, bruising will likely be worse than normal. I notice more easy bruising just when I take krill oil. Even still it always seems to come as a shock to me. Yours does seem pretty extreme to me though....glad you checked in with the surgeon about it.

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On 9/11/2017 at 11:09 PM, CJireh said:

that would look frightening if you didn't know what to expect (thanks for showing those coming up behind you)....from the nursing side of it, if only you knew what your body goes through (during any surgery), you'd be amazed that is all you have! haha!  and no, don't go searching for videos of any surgeries, not sure if they have them on youtube or not, but not worth freaking yourself out on! 

Oh, man the temptation!!!!  No, I'll stay away, I don't need the nightmares. :)  I'm just happy it's not internal bleeding ("You can't see internal bleeding," my surgeon said dryly...)

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On 9/12/2017 at 4:25 AM, Aussie H said:

Given the blood thinners they've pumped into you, bruising will likely be worse than normal. I notice more easy bruising just when I take krill oil. Even still it always seems to come as a shock to me. Yours does seem pretty extreme to me though....glad you checked in with the surgeon about it.

Yeah, no way was I leaving that unchecked!  It looked so awful!  And yet it feels like nothing - it doesn't hurt, doesn't feel warm, doesn't feel swollen... all it does is sit there and look horrible.  

And I'll be on these blood thinners for soooooooo long, omg.  The pile of syringes seems endless.

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