I was able to sneak in some quick sunshine on the roof deck today. I should have worn the two piece bathing suit as the one I have on in the picture pulled on my skin. Lesson learned. I wasn't up there long, 90 seconds is what the doctor told me I needed to kill off the fungus. Mission accomplished. And don't worry-- no neighbors were flashed in the pursuit of irradiating my microorganisms.
I suspect these kind of mild complications happen far more often with plastic surgery after massive weight loss than are talked about. Still this is not easy to go through... but I was thinking to myself while sitting in the sunshine that my plastic surgery experience has renewed my faith in medicine. I really feel like these surgeries benefit me physically. Less fat cells on a formerly overweight person is always a good thing, forces my body to make more if it actually needs too. I also feel like my skin is generally healthier, after it has healed of course. Obviously not quite there yet in the following pictures. I snapped these with my iPhone. They are a bit harsh so again, click ONLY if you aren't squeemish! I couldn't even bring myself to put them under the fold...
Right Leg - Steri-strip + Betadine + Microorganism = Ouch
Right Leg - But it is actually healing!
Left Leg - Steri-strip + Betadine + Microorganism = Not as bad Ouch
Left Leg - But is not healing as well...
Yesterday and today (until I got some sun and more Lotramin) have been two of the most uncomfortable that I have experienced. The itch and pain and have been pretty intense and I feel like I have been more swollen since the stitches came out on Friday. Everyone else keeps telling me that the swelling has gone down however so maybe it is the fact I have been wearing the stage two compression garment during the day. I'm feeling quite compressed and since I removed all the steri-strips it helps me feel held together.
Hopefully I notice a difference tomorrow and my skin will be calmer, it's certainly starting to feel that way already.
Sarah + Sunshine = Happiness!