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27 June 2013 @ 07:49 am
Good News, Bad News  
So the final bill for my surgery turned out to be right around $35,000, of which i have to pay exactly $100. Dealing with the HMO may be a pain when dealing with referrals, but at least they pay for the damn stuff once they finally get around to deciding on it. Having insurance is nice.

In other news, the HMO has apparently decided not to authorize a referral for the orthopedist's first choice for physical therapy, so i get to go to their second choice place =P Oh well, at least i have an appointment set up for next week.

Some TMI stuff below the cut

So the bottom of the scar looks pretty clean and neat. The top part, the part right at the wrist, was stretched out a bit and still hasn't sealed up completely. I'm presuming the stretched out bit is normal since that is the part that actually bends and flexes the most, unfortunately i didn't get the chance to ask my doctor since i didn't peel off the liquid bandage part until after i left the office. But anyways there are three small spots that still have scab like things over them, one of which has a tiny bit of stitching poking out. Yesterday i noticed that there was a little bit of welling and white around the bottom of the three spots so i poked at it and managed to get a fair bit of pus out. Not a huge amount, more than i'd expect out of a large pimple but not a _lot_ more, so for now i'm assuming it's still okay. If that spot starts looking like it's filling up with pus again though i'll consider giving the doctor a call.
Sister Atom Bomb of Courteous Debateakiko on June 27th, 2013 03:32 pm (UTC)
Pus is not usually a good sign. Is it warm to the touch? Is the skin red?
Beth Leonardbeth_leonard on June 27th, 2013 04:26 pm (UTC)
*nod* That could be a sign of infection and worth calling the doctor about. They may just call in some antibiotics or they may ask you to come in.
DonAithnendonaithnen on June 27th, 2013 08:05 pm (UTC)
If the pus comes back or anything else seems amiss i'll definitely give the doctor a call, but at the moment it seems like just a minor surface infection. It wasn't there when i first took the cover off a week or so ago.
Beth Leonardbeth_leonard on June 27th, 2013 09:55 pm (UTC)
If you get a fever then I'd recommend calling the doctor or urgent care if it's after hours. Otherwise it seems you're taking a wait-and-see approach.

DonAithnendonaithnen on June 27th, 2013 08:03 pm (UTC)
Yes, i know that pus in general is not a good sign. But it's not that much pus, the skin around there is just pinkish-purple, not angry and red, it doesn't seem to feel any warmer than any other bit of skin, and it doesn't hurt. So i'll keep an eye on it, but i'm not going to start worrying quite yet.