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My holistic class is still fascinating as ever. We talked about naturapthy, and traditional Chinese Medicine. I got to feel an acupuncture needle, not in my body. No wonder they don't hurt.

We talked about acupressure, and were given a chart with information on the various points. I think this would be cool to learn, but the chart isn't going to be very helpful. I'm not quite sure how to go about learning more of that, but it would be nice to learn if there are any points for pain or nausea I could use on days like today. It also made me realize that there are more areas where I think access needs to be improved for people who are blind.

On a totally unrelated note, I am currently trying to figure out what would be needed for me to care for myself after surgery. Since I have to go to the doctor the Monday afterword, I need to stay at school over the weekend so I can go to biology (assuming I get into it) on Friday. Not ideal, I know, but I'm not worried. I just wonder what would be needed to care for the incision, and whether I can safely do so independently. I think it would be somewhat awkward to walk up to someone and be like "Can you care for my stitches?"

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capricorn_sistr
Jan. 11th, 2007 10:23 pm (UTC)
stitches
I just wonder what would be needed to care for the incision, and whether I can safely do so independently.

Nickie, I still have the drain tube sewn into my liver. Incision care is my job since I've come out of the hospital, then out of step-down care. I can't afford to have a nurse come every single day to clean the stitches/tube/outlet. The interventional radiologist gave me a "care package" last time I was in Day Surgery. It was all the sterile stuff like alcohol swabs, drain gauze, tegaderm, syringes to flush the incision with sterile saline, triple-antibiotic gel, tape and bandages plus cotton swabs and a non-iodine wash solution. I've been taking care of myself and it only takes a few minutes to clean and change the dressing over the stitches. The only big problem I have is the furkids - they want to sniff everything (and I mean everything) I've laid out for my chore. Now, I make a small barricade to surround myself so they can't contaminate my nice, clean dressing.
puppybraille
Jan. 12th, 2007 03:44 am (UTC)
Re: stitches
Do ou think most of ths culd be done by touch The other thing I worry abut i spotting any complications. I mea, I know how to sot the RSD changing or flaring most of the time. I'd just hate to thithat I'd be unable to spot something.
capricorn_sistr
Jan. 12th, 2007 08:07 pm (UTC)
Re: stitches
If something is wrong with the incision you can feel it. It will be sufficiently raised along the line of stitches. Another beacon may be a small amout of crusting. I use a triple-antiobiotic Neosporin ointment under the bandages and make sure I cover the whole stitch area. If you feel around - you'll be able to pinpoint any problem spots. My wound area drains and so I'm careful to make sure there aren't any pain issues as I clean and re-dress the stitches. You can do it!
puppybraille
Jan. 13th, 2007 01:33 am (UTC)
Re: stitches
Thanks for your explanations and confidence! I feel better about this situation hearing this from you.
capricorn_sistr
Jan. 13th, 2007 11:52 pm (UTC)
Re: stitches
You are most welcome! Don't hesitate to ask if there is anything else I can do to help.

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