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Unread 12-30-2004, 08:10 AM
Home Health Nurse Coming @ 2pm... Scared!

Well Kim, I am glad you liked her. Yeah , no one uses full strenght peroxide anymore, it can do what you said by drying out the wound too much. We used 1/4 peroxide and 3/4 sterile saline for my dressing changes and ones I have done as a nurse. AFter a few days we go straight to sterile saline.
About the hole, was it there before or was this the first time you knew it was there? From the pain you are experiencing with the right side, it sounds like that area might be infected. You should call the doc if not better today. Did DH watch her do the dressing change?
If you have any pain meds left (if you don't call doc and get some) you should take one about 30 mins before your dressing change. So if she is coming at 2pm take it at 1 :30pm and it will help. We always premedicated pt's before a dressing change like that. Especially since you almost passed out from the pain, you need something.
please let me know how you are doing and what hte doc says..but get those pain meds!
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Unread 12-30-2004, 08:37 AM
Home Health Nurse Coming @ 2pm... Scared!

You poor thing!!! I, too, had a reaction to the dressing tape that they used, but not over an incision like that!!! I don't know if you had one when you had your surgery, but I had something called an On-Q pump that infiltrated the entire incision area with lidocaine (or something similar) from an external pump (not the morphine IV pump, but a small one in a bag that sat next to my incision). I still had cramping and other postop pains, but my incision was entirely pain free during my entire hospital visit. I didn't even know I had it!!! I AM NOT A DOCTOR OR A NURSE, so I don't know if this would even be an opeion, but I wonder if something like that, even postop, would be an option for you. I just can't imagine the pain that you're in. I would agree with Marian 100%. Premedicate. Same as when we take the kids in for shots, we give them Tylenol just before we leave the house, or a half-hour before the shot, and it seems to really take the edge off the pain for them. I would take the pain medications without hesitation in your situation...you definately need them.

Keep us posted about that dang incision!
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Unread 12-30-2004, 08:41 AM
Home Health Nurse Coming @ 2pm... Scared!

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Originally posted by happygo
You poor thing!!! I, too, had a reaction to the dressing tape that they used, but not over an incision like that!!! I don't know if you had one when you had your surgery, but I had something called an On-Q pump that infiltrated the entire incision area with lidocaine (or something similar) from an external pump (not the morphine IV pump, but a small one in a bag that sat next to my incision).
This is something that they use strictly for postop pain in the hospital...it has to be closely monitored and I don't think they would insert it near an infected wound which is what it sounds like she has....they are great though, I have had lots of patients swear by them.
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