PTZ Member ‘debivc78′ Presents…
“Sewing Class with Dr. Pepper”
A Personal Surgical Experience
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In 2009 I fell on my knee. Since I was taking blood thinners at the time, a small blood vessel deep in my leg burst from the impact. The result was blood pooling into the spaces between the muscles in my leg. When I finally got to emergency surgery my leg was the size of a basketball. In the video you can see, it’s not much smaller at the time they tried to suture it closed.
The first doctor, the guy I forget his name, got paged out a few minutes into the procedure, (you can hear his pager going off) and had to leave. The resident who finished the job was a very sweet girl who probably wasn’t thinking it through when she married a guy with the last name Pepper just before she started med school, resulting in her name becoming… Dr. Pepper. I asked if she ever thought about using her maiden name to avoid all the inevitable jokes. She said never, she loved the jokes and the reactions everyone had when she was paged in the hospital. When I heard this I knew she was probably the coolest doctor I’d ever met.
Anyway, after all the time and effort it took to get my leg all sewn up, 4 hours later all the stitches had popped, (a real treat since the numbing had now worn off) and I had to go home with the wounds open to heal. After a week of twice daily dressing changes, that felt like someone was trying to rip the skin off my leg with a branding iron, my home health nurse told me I needed a wound vac to help speed healing and eliminate the painful dressing changes.
Since I have no desire to sit here and try to explain what a wound vac is to those who don’t know, (I have no idea how to begin to explain it anyway) here is a link if you are that interested and want to read a bunch of medical blah-blah-blah on how it all works. http://www.kci1.com/KCI1/sciencebehindwoundtherapy
So after all this, I spent 5 months on the couch, unable to walk any further than my bathroom and bedroom because no or very little weight could be put on my leg without a whole lot of pain and the possibility of the wounds tearing back open.
The original video was 18 min long, and the actual procedure took over 2 hrs. This video is fairly long so feel free to fast forward to whatever you consider “good” parts. There are some places where you can see the wound oozing as they pull it closed that are pretty cool. I yammer a lot all through it, so enjoy my “witty” banter, LOL.
RUNTIME: 14min 47sec
YT INFO: Published on Jan 21,2013 on Debi Reed