The other thing that I wanted to update about was the Hidradenitis Surgery I had at the end of August, which left me with an open wound on my inner left thigh. The nurse was initially concerned about me travelling to New York before it had healed properly, but felt better once she realised I was capable of looking after the wound myself.
Apart from changing the dressings every couple of days (and laying Aquacel onto it), I barely noticed it was there. It continued to heal nicely, although not as quickly as they’d expect due to the Prednisolone. Last week, the nurse laid it with something similar to aquacel but which encouraged faster granulation and healing – it made me itch like crazy but after keeping it there for 3-4 days, the wound had reached skin surface level and so now all it needs to do is close in from the sides.
At my last appointment on Thursday, she decided it didn’t even need the Aquacel anymore, so I am now down to straight Softpore dressing. I’m really pleased with how the whole experience has been – of course I’m still keen to see how the scarring turns out, but so far I have not been put off having the surgery again if required.
Talking of which – the site that developed on the opposite side no longer drains; there are still two tiny holes/tracts in the skin and the skin itself is thickening but I’m hoping this is just self-healing and that I won’t need the surgery in the too near future at least. I next see the surgeon on 16th Novemeber, which leaves plenty of time to evaluate how things are looking.
I really hope that once the healing is through, I can have a break from all things abscess related at least.
Ps. I’ll try and post some photos showing the wound at different stages of the healing process.
Edited to add photos: