Ugh. Not a post I thought I would make, but I am looking for anyone who has had experience with a surgical incision opening and dealing with wound care, packing, and hopefully successful healing!
I had my baby girl via c-section on Wednesday, 10/19. Things went great in surgery and we were home Friday afternoon. I was so happy with the surgery and it was not as bad as I thought at all!
Sunday evening, my mom noticed my wound dressing soaked in blood. Ob told me to go to the ER to be looked at. When I was there, my blood pressure was up too, which led them to check my liver enzyme levels, and I had severe postpartum preeclampsia. Honestly the wound opening up was a blessing for catching that early. I was readmitted and put on the awful mag drip, but 36 hours later, my liver was much better and BP was down.
The preeclampsia kind of took precedence over the wound in the hospital, but the OB got a wound care team involved, which was good. They measured (about an inch wide on the surface that opened, goes about an inch deep and of to two sides under the skin a bit. My culture was negative for any infection, which is a blessing.
I got home from the hospital yesterday and followed up with outpatient wound care today. They said it’s going to be a pretty long process of going in 3 days a week for cleaning and repacking. At this point it is deep enough for a wound vac, but not wide enough. The specialist today found my body was spitting the plastic dissolvable staples from within the wound, which he thinks is why this started. I’m so freaked that it will continue and keep growing. Ugh
I am good with nasty wounds on anyone or anything but me. This has me totally freaked out! I’m so stressed constantly about infection and it busting open more. My brain has me thinking it isn’t going to heal, even though I know it will eventually somehow.
Has anyone delt with this after a surgery? Also, tips for sponge baths / bird baths? Limited to that now…