Archive for the ‘The First Week’ Category

The first week after being released was a simple case was sitting around bored, resting and sleeping when I could, due to resting a lot I was advised to keep my sexy compression stockings on which is understandable.

26th July 2014 I was able to sit out in the back garden enjoying the sunshine relaxing in the shade and had the pool out for the kids also dipping my feet.  Was really great to get out for a bit.

With the passing of each day things got better and in the first week you can have your staples out.  Now some people may be worried about this and I was certainly anxious but there was no need.  There was no pain at all and all I felt was a kind of pinch sensation. The concerning thing for me is when I walked in to have them removed I had a newly qualified doctor who looked very nervous and taking a drink of water before proceeding – lol

With them being removed you can then wet the scar and give it a bit of clean providing there was no problem with the scar healing.  A sigh of relief as mine was fine and I could now clean my head, they say you shouldn’t submerge the scar and just dab it with a wet flannel at first. You can have a bath of shower before removal but you have to cover the scar, you just can’t wet the head as it will delay the healing process…

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Cleaning the head was great as it relieved a little of the tightness and you could finally get rid of the iodine, dried blood and the protective spray they put on.  In my case it was very hard to get rid of the dried blood as it was stuck to the hair and wouldn’t loosen.  Trying to loosen the dried blood did work to a certain extent but it also removed some of the hair which made the scar look bigger, I started losing hair around the scar which I assumed was because it was just killed off because of the surgery. Not looking too bad though…

After Washes

Not sure if it is the same with everyone who has head surgery but mine did weep a little and scab over, you have to try your best not to scratch, pick or catch them when washing as it could open up part of the wound. Unfortunately on one occasion I did catch a scab which has now left a bald patch…

Recent Scar

By the end of the first week I had enough of being stuck in so phoned the hospital and asked if it is too early to go on holiday in UK.  This was fine as long as I took care and didn’t fly.  We decided to go camping near a holiday park that our friends were staying at as it would make the holiday better if we also had support should anything happen or be needed.

see subsequent weeks…