October 03, 2005

Popping a Stitch

I know it's been well over a year since surgery, but I think I just expelled a stitch.

If you've been following along, in early March I noticed that my incision had an infected spot. I was already on my way to the doctor to see him as a follow up to my chronic bouts of bronchitis every winter, so I had him look at it. Well, I was on keflex and the low grade fever and redness subsided, but the spot still looked odd. It was always a little pink and would scab every once in a while.

This weekend the scab came off and I looked closely in there, I thought maybe it was an ingrown hair, so I got the tweezers (washed them first and dried them carefully) and grabbed onto what looked like a little bit of skin. It was either a very blonde, straight hair (which I do not have) or an undissolved stitch. It looked like a piece of light fishing line. Anyway, the spot looks much better now, so maybe I've been trying to push that little piece out for over a year.

I'm going to keep an eye on it. There is another little spot on that side of the incision that's definitely an ingrown hair. I don't know what happens to the hair, that it just grows and grows and maybe gets reabsorbed.

Posted by Elizabeth M. on October 3, 2005 06:52 PM

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