He said my head looked great and the stitches could come out today. He removed some little staples that were holding down those wires that were in my neck. Then he removed a whole wad of sticky tape holding all that mess in place. Removing those wires was what I was dreading the most. He said, “I’m going to put a little pressure here.” I was all set for pain, and he said, “That’s it!” I didn’t feel a thing! He said when I showered just not let the stream of water hit directly on the flap, but a little water running over it from the other side (where the hair is) would not hurt. I can wear my glasses if Guy could bend the left stem up a bit and away from my head so that it didn’t impinge on the flap. Yipee! I don’t need to use a Q-tip to clean the stitches of my head with hydrogen peroxide and apply Bacitracin anymore. Yipee! I will need to wait another couple weeks to sleep on that side. Boo!
This side picture of my neck lets you see where the neck incisions were. Just under my ear is where the 1st lymph node was taken from. Below that the little bumps are a bit of a rash from the tape. To the left of them, in the picture, is an incision where one of the vessels were tied into the flap. Beyond that, and not really showing is where the two wires went into neck to monitor the viability of the vessels. Below that center rash area is where the 2nd lymph node was taken. Below that incision is where the wires were stapled to my neck to hold them in place. There was also tape over that, thus the little rash bumps.
This pictures shows the flap with stitches all removed and cleaned up. Such a better looking area from the *before* picture!! The little dark spot at the base of the flap and to the right is where the drain was removed before dismissal from the hospital. You can clearly see the rash bumps lower and to the left. I’m not really allergic to tape, but after having it in place for over a week, it made a rash!