St-Richards-Hospital 28th July 2021. Haha! Yesterday’s woes continued into the night! With my new level of comfort, I was quite happy to sit up, (sit up in bed that is) and watch TV. It was about 11.30pm and the film I’d been watching had just finished. As I knew I had some more antibiotics to come at midnight I decided to wait for them before rolling over and going to sleep. While I was waiting I thought I’d check out the box on my suction bandage. It was flashing, saying it was full! So rather than call the nurse immediately I waited until she arrived with my antibiotics.
When she arrived and took a look, she said “oh my god, it seems to have exploded!” There was blood everywhere! I never noticed it, but it had obviously been leaking for a while! As the bed, my pants and gown were all soaked through!
After the nurse changed the dressing and my bed, I changed myself. I’m a big boy now! And settled down to sleep.
Come this morning my new dressing had also filled up! And at £250 per dressing, the nurse said she’d leave it to the doctors to decide what to do next! They’re supposed to last a week she said!
The doctor looked at my leaking bandage and said she would contact the on-call consultant. It came back that this is all pretty normal and nothing to worry about! But we’ll try a more powerful type, one that will suck out any blood that oozes out!