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    bubbasmomma
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    I thought I had the flu, but it turns out that I had an infection. My temperature was at 101.5 for two days, but then it dropped to 96.0 on the third morning, no appetite. My temp is 96.8 right now. When I got out of bed yesterday, my leg hurt, it was reddish-purple all around the site and pink-tinged puss was coming from it. So I went back to the plastic surgeon yesterday and he said it was infected. He opened it all the way back up, cleaned it out and told me to stay off of my leg until next Thursday, to apply hot compresses 6 times per day, to clean it on the inside with a cotton swab and peroxide, and take the antibiotic he prescribed. My surgery was on July 12th to remove two lymph nodes. I was not expecting this to go on this long. He has not put in a drain and the incision is right where I bend my leg, so it’s impossible to wrap and seems like it will never heal. I have to put maxi pads against it, but that doesn’t always keep me dry. Something doesn’t seem right here. Should I go see someone else or keep living with this. I asked how long will this go on and his reply is, it could go on for a while. How long is a while? Has anyone else had difficulty with an SNB groin incision?

    #55934
    Linny
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    No way should you have to live this way. An infection is not good.

    I think you were in the DC area, right? I would get on the phone and call a different melanoma clinic in DC or call Johns Hopkins in Baltimore just to get another set of eyes to look at the site.

    I don’t know anything about the hospitals in DC but here’s the info on Hopkins:

    http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/kimmel_cancer_center/centers/melanoma/” class=”bbcode_url”>http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/kimmel_cancer_center/centers/melanoma/

    #55935
    bubbasmomma
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    Thank you Linda for the response and the private message. Just to let everyone else know how I’m doing… the infection has gone away. I feel much better. But I am going to see a specialist this afternoon. It seems that the site is pretty much done draining, which is a relief. The fluid leaking is not longer clear water, but more of a whitish discharge- not sure what that means, but I’m hoping the surgeon I will see today can shed some light. Basically, the plastic surgeon instructed me to keep the wound open by swabbing it 1/4 inch deep into the wound and all around the inside with a cotton swab dipped in peroxide. He didn’t want me to allow it to close. I’ve been going less deep and see it closing. I want this thing to close! But all the redness/purpleness is gone and now it just looks like a 1 inch wide cut, so I’m hoping that I am on the road to recovery. Thank you all for your comments.

    #55936
    Linny
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    I’m really glad to hear the infection you had has cleared up. :) YAY!!! But what I don’t understand is why your doctor would not want a wound to close? Seems to me it just would set the stage for another bacterial infection. If it stays moist and weepy and it’s in an area that’s not exposed to light and air, you may also be at risk for a fungus to set up shop there. Have you asked him about that?

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