I thought I would shoot you an email with how Allie is doing and a couple of questions I have.
She finished her sulfa on Thursday 15th. The whole time she has had normal vitals (except today, temp was 37.1 which I thought was a little low) and has been a great eater and very happy in herself. Both nostrils had some discharge but the left one was worse and it still hasn't cleared up completely. Even this morning there was some yellow gunky discharge again.
Her scar looks amazing in my opinion. There has been no rubbing but I have noticed sweat crystals on it quite often which I assume is because that area is hotter because of the healing.
My questions are:
- should we be worried that her left nostril is still having pretty consistent discharge? It doesn't smell foul, just like she has a cold (if that makes sense) but the odour is definetly different to her other nostril.
- there are three little stitches showing in the scar, in the top under her eye and in each of the 'corners'. Are we just leaving those alone? I assume they are dissolving stitches but they aren't dissolving because they are exposed.
Thanks for update.
Don’t worry about low temp – not unusual at all, especially as gets cooler at night.
If the discharge does not get any worse let’s just watch it. It was definitely coming from her trachea on scope last time. Even if it is coming from her sinus, we often see this post sinus surgery for a couple of months. Unless things change, let’s hold to the 6-8 week recheck plan.
The sweat may be because it is hotter, but may also be a regional nerve that has been disrupted or irritated! Not much we can do about that.
The sutures in the common are not unusual – the corners are the hardest to get to heal. The sutures are absorbable and will take care of themselves. They are slow to dissolve, and if I can get them out next time she is here I will. They will continue to dissolve even though are exposed, just maybe at a slower rate. They are a monofilament and not irritating, so I am not fussed.
Sounds like things are still going as well as I could hope. I think the next challenge will be to see what that tooth does. It will take some time for it to decide to heal or become sicker (the tooth that is).
Keep me posted
I am totally tacking up tonight and having a whirl around the round yard. I'll let you know how she goes guys!!