One Month and 3 Days Following Coccyx Removal
The doctor was right. Prior to my surgery, he told me that there would be days that I would wonder “why on earth did I do this”? Well, that is what goes through my mind often. Don’t get me wrong, for the most part I am happy that I got the surgery, because I know at some point my pain levels will be less than they were before the surgery. But I am definitely not at that point yet and I have days of much pain.
I have been able to drive for about 40 minutes, but it was not easy. But at least it is nice knowing that I am able to drive a fairly lengthy distance if I have to. I drove my sister to the airport which is about a 40 mile drive 1 way. It was quite difficult, but thank goodness my seats are padded and I was able to lay to the side while I was driving. I also had to refrain from taking my pain medication, because I certainly would not have been able to drive shortly after taking it.
I am considering posting pictures of my wound so that everyone can see. I have taken pictures on a regular basis because it can be difficult to decide if there is much progress in the healing. But by taking pictures, I can compare them side by side to see the difference. Right now the wound has not yet fully healed. The wound is still open, and the last few days have seen an increase in draining at the site of the surgical incision. I am concerned about this, and I will be contacting my doctor today to see if we should start the antibiotics again.
Until my wound fully heals, I have to be very very careful and try to prevent an infection. Each time I go to the bsthroom I must take a shower and I use Hibiclens to keep the wound site cleansed. Hibiclens can be found at any Wal-Mart or local drugstore and is an antibacterial soap that is not harsh and it is supposed to keep the site clean for up to 6 hours (a quick search on amazon.com can also provide suppliers). The active ingredient is 4% chlorhexidine gluconate which is superior to hydrogen peroxide (which was going to be my antiseptic of choice). Dial soap is also a mainstay in my shower.
Every 6 hours or so, I place a 5″ x 9″ surgical pad on the wound. I use a little piece of surgical tape to keep the pad in place. I have to say, I think I have butt cheeks smoother than a baby’s, since I have to pull the tape off each time I change the pad!
I can’t wait for the wound to close, because I am tired of being overly concerned about the prospects of an infection. I will continue to keep everyone updated. For those of you going through recovery I wish you all the luck in the world and for those of you who are just considering the surgery I hope you find much relief.