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  • SoldierCrabSoldierCrab Smithton Tas was Bathurst nsw Member Posts: 3,418

    its taken at while for me to feel ok in myself..... I used to wake after I have finished treatments in tears having woken up my kids(teens) with crying in my sleep I then began seeing a psychologist who said I had PTSD from my treatments. 

    Now if I get very tired (note 5yrs later) I still will be crying in my sleep with no nightmares just crying...  I accept these days that means I am struggling with processing this emotionally and that is a massive thing for us to go through. 


  • Giovanna_BCNAGiovanna_BCNA Member Posts: 1,839
    Hello @kmakm
    I have sent you a private message
  • melclaritymelclarity Member Posts: 3,479
    @SamJgS unfortunately everyone around you expects the minute you finish that you are back to 'normal' I know it was that way for me I'm 2.5yrs post chemo now and its been a long hard road to recovery,believe me! What you are experiencing is so incredibly normal and dont let anyone tell you it's not or you need to be positive or grateful, it's so WRONG! because unless theyve physically gone through it they cannot understand the complexity of it, physically,mentally and emotionally. It's like grieving you will heal in your OWN TIME! all I can say is put YOU above everyone else and nurture you to the road of recovery, you absolutely will get there. Hugs Melinda xo
  • shannshann Member Posts: 68
    So back to hospital today or clinic.  Dressing they put on Fri didn't do much and more breakdown.  Back to 2 pico pumps and these stay on for 7 days but for how long well it could be months.  Now they are saying that I could be alergic to the sutures that were used in the surgery as they keep moving to the surface and they remove them as they come to the surface.  I am so frustrated with this as I am not sick in any way and have no infection as they keep swabbing for that and nothing is growing (1 good thing I suppose).  Just don't want to still be in this same spot 12 months from now financially and mentally don't think I am strong enough.  Go back in 7 days to have the pico pumps changed.  Surely I am not the only person that has the problem.  One wonders daily about the knowledge of some daily .......
  • brightspacebrightspace Member Posts: 416
    Big huggs shann ...sorry that progress been delayed
    Left field question ....have you had a check for diabetes?
    All the best B
  • shannshann Member Posts: 68
    Hi B yes been checked for diabetes too many times, they look at me and just because I am over weight I must be diabetic also because I am not healing they think I smoke which I don't.
    Just very baffeled and have a problem with why this is happening.  Off to see the oncologist on monday to see what he has to say as well.
  • brightspacebrightspace Member Posts: 416
    Hi again ..touching base with surgeon to ask about use of hyperbatic oxygen therapy is a possibility.
    Cheers b
  • brightspacebrightspace Member Posts: 416
  • melclaritymelclarity Member Posts: 3,479
    Hey @shann sorry to hear about what is going on with you, so frustrating! I never had a pico pump but I wanted to say when I had my diep flap recon, they use a patch of stomach skin to replace part of the breast skin and where the nipple was for reconstruction. I had a small piece of the suture line that kept weeping and not healing, it took so long. It was the sutures causing me all the dramas too!! my body didnt like it. It did clear up just took time. Hope yours does too. Have you tried silver dressings? Melinda xo
  • shannshann Member Posts: 68
    Hi melclaritity, yes have been using the silver this time and last time with no improvement.  To the ladies who suggested the oxygen therapy.  I have done alot of reading on this and yes it would be great but I am a public patient and have no private health insurance and it is very expensive but thank you.  Also haven't even herd of it here on the Gold Coast.  Just going to take a very long time I would say as it is not a small wound breakdown.  Thanks ladies appreciate all you suggestion. xx

  • melclaritymelclarity Member Posts: 3,479
    @Shann what I did after the silver dressing was I ended up at the GP believe it or not, he cleaned it up and just put on those steri strips about 3 to close it and left it open, no dressings and this did the trick for me, the air getting at it helped it heal more than any of the dressings did. It's just finding the right combination for you that will work. xx
  • shannshann Member Posts: 68
    Yes melclarity I agree but not sure what will work as I am alergic to so many dressings and its too open just for steri strips unfortunately.  So just have to do as I am told for now.  I so want to take it all off and lay in the sun but not that easy with this negative pressure pump.  Old fashion nursing is what things need to go back to sometimes I think. xx

  • kmakmkmakm MelbourneMember Posts: 7,974
    How have you got on with that wound @shann?
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