I kind of expected that Dr. Dhillon would tell me it was time to move on to trying the KCI Vac Machine. I have spent a week and a half now trapped inside a compression bra that feels like it’s doing a remarkable job of cutting off my circulation but not much else. I’m annoyed. The bra is uncomfortable. The open wound leaks through my gauze and my bandages, and it smells after a day or two. I’m tired of wearing black underwear every day (‘cuz, you know, i still have to MATCH), and even though the machine sounds terribly inconvenient, i am ready to take the next step.
But there will be no vac machine – at least not yet. Dr. Dhillon noticed that one small area inside the wound had closed a whopping one centimeter, so he wants to continue down this path of trying to get the tissue to collapse on itself from the pressure of the sports bra and all the crazy padding we added to the cup. The hole itself got larger, and there was no change in the bottom half of the hole … but that one centimeter in that one section was apparently enough for Dr. Dhillon. In case you can’t tell, i don’t agree with this reasoning, but what do i know? I’m just an impatient patient who has spent the last three months with a gaping hole in her chest and is, at this point, willing to do whatever it takes to close this fucker up so that i can move on with my life.