It’s been a very busy week, but I wanted to let you know that all is well.
My stitches were removed on Tuesday and the doctor was very pleased with how well the reconstruction is healing. It was exciting to see the area without the ring of dark blue stitches marching all around the perimeter - no more fuzzy blue caterpillar! Also, the swelling has completely subsided and the bruising has fully faded. Only a few areas of irritation remain from where the pressure bandage was applied right after the surgery. With the stitches removed, it was quite a treat to be able to shower without a special bandage in place. And I am happy to report that the wound area has been almost entirely pain free. I need to keep it moist and covered through next Tuesday, but after that I will be back to normal - a new normal with a very artfully created and well earned scar.