Another of those things they don’t exactly warn you about (but which is a pretty obvious consequence of grs, if you think about it) is that post-op you are going to be wearing pads for some time to come.
Initially, because there is likely to be bleed and “seepage” from the wounds and sutures. Later, because of the dilation and douching.
If you haven’t worked it out yet, here it is: three times a day i dilate – and each dilation is followed, for now, by a douche which includes a dilute iodine solution. Dilation involves a fair dollop of KY every time. So by the time i get out of my post-dilatory bath, i’m squishing a rather icky mix of iodine, water and KY.
Now rewind. The hospital advice on wound care is “keep it dry”. So, out of bath, pat dry all my nooks and crannies. Dry off using tissue if need be. Basically, wet wound does not heal as fast or as well.
Then down to the sofa where the most domfortable position and the position that most closely aligns with hospital guidelines is a most inelegant wide-legged pose, with one leg up in the air and on the back of the sofa. (Yes: I DO cover with a blanket. I still have SOME modesty!).
And here’s the prob, what i am doing now tends to be… out of bath, put on knickers and daytime pad…down to the sofa…and after half an hour or so, off with knickers and allow the air to circulate. At night, its night time pad and knickers.
When i remove the pad, there is still a little leakage, but not too bad and, as its not blood, i hope it will wash.
The iodine won’t be needed forever – but i will still be using it for a while yet – and even then, i’ll be dilating and douching every day for months to come, so still leaking water and KY.
So, over to the experts. Any hints, tips or anything else about a) the best balance between covered and with pads and uncovered and leaking and b) recommendations as to best/most comfortable pads for now. Hint: the base of my pelvic bone and areas around are still pretty sore, so mega-pads tend to be uncomfortable… a bit like being sat on a bollard!