(((Jeni))) Please don't make us call in the pillow
You are not new to this surgery stuff; you should know better! What were you thinking, trying to go to a concert at only a few days post op with an open incision? When just sitting up is considered an "activity" -- and we won't even go into discussing the kinds of germs that can be floating around a crowded arena full of people in the winter time! I love concerts as much as the next gal, but imho even the best of them isn't worth it if it lands you back in the hospital with a hemmorhage or in long-term wound care with an infected incision.
OK, lecture over. But don't let it happen again!
I haven't had troubles with open incisions, but I've heard women here talk about using maxi-pads on their incisions to catch the leakage. Have you tried that? At least they'd be cheaper than large gauze pads.
For the gas, has anyone suggested trying some ginger tea? Hot green tea with slices of ginger and a twist of lemon is a really lovely, comforting drink, and the ginger is reputed to help with post-lap gas. Some other possible natural solutions to try are peppermint tea, carrot juice or ginger ale (which also helps with nausea if you get that).
On the pain meds, do keep in mind that they are constipating, so getting off them as quickly as possible is a good idea. On the other hand, you don't want to be suffering in miserable pain, as that's not conducive to
and recovery, either. Have you asked about something like Celebrex, which is an anti-inflammatory? I find it works better than Motrin or other OTC's. Even better is oral Toradol, but often they won't let you have it unless you were on IV Toradol in the hospital first; plus it's only OK to use for several days at a time.
If your incision opens further, bleeds more, or starts to have an odor, I would call the DR's office again and head to the ER if the DR can't see you.
Now, please, :timeup: and