I had my second visit with the community health care nurses on Thursday. The nurse that was looking after me carefully took off my dressing and she found an odd looking thing protruding out of my incision. She tried to clean it off thinking it might be a soft piece of tissue, but it was not. It wouldn’t budge, so she called in her supervisor to have a look. The supervising nurse said it was a bleb.
A bleb? I thought she was kidding because it kind of sounded like a blob to me. It was a good sized semi-clear but hardened tissue that was liquid filled but also had a big, white centre. The supervisor thought it contained a lymph node and the node along with a liquid filled sac was protruding through my incision. Technically a bleb is a vesicular out pocketing of a plasma or nuclear membrane. Bet you didn’t know that, eh? Me neither. I thought the bleb should be lanced, but they did not. The nurse put a painting of iodine on it and then patched me back up with dressing and tape to cover it. We would watch it and see what happens.
Since my chest skin tore loose from my chest wall, I had a fair bit of pain and the heart pillow that was given to me on the day of my surgery has become one of my best friends. It is made to slip underneath the arm pit and provide support for the arm without putting pressure on the chest. I love it! When I have pain, I take a couple of pain killers and my heart pillow and go to bed. (At the front of this post is a picture of my special heart pillow sitting on our love seat on our deck)
On Friday night I felt something wet so I pulled apart the dressing and the bleb was gone. It had been at the edge of my incision before it came out and it had apparently held back the fluid although some of it had drained out. The bleb stretched apart the incision further, and with the bleb gone, the entire build up of fluid drained out and it was a sticky mess. Praise God for the bleb that allowed the build up of fluid to completely drain before the incision healed closed. The pocket of fluid that developed after the skin tear is now completely gone and my pain is also completely gone! God can turn around what seems to be a bad thing, and He is able to bring a better ending. It is becoming easier every day to trust God in all things.
Romans 8:28 (NASB) And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.