Dealing with tight skin
My ICD went in on 16 Deptember (13 days ago) and all has been well, except for a pocket haematoma which was reduced by compression before I was discharged.
The wound is healing swiftly - I removed the dressing a week after the op, as per instructions. The pain lasted a couple of days, manageable with paracetamol (tylenol) and wearing a supporting bra with extra padding (a rolled up flannel) to reduce the downwards drag on the wound, day and night. The bruising is still spectacular but nowhere near as bad as it was, and not painful at all (except when a cat walks over it).
My previous pacemaker was not very visible -- a combination of its size and its placement (quite deep). The new ICD however, is extremely prominent, even as the swelling is reducing.
I'm not bothered about the appearance -- my face/body has never been my fortune and I'm happy just to have insurance against another SCA.
However, the skin is very taut (uncomfortably so) across it, and starting to flake, and I can clearly see the edges of the device (where the skin is white in spite of the bruising). I have very fragile skin, to the extent that if I get severe leg oedema (from heart failure) the skin breaks down and weeps.
Is there anything sensible I can do to reduce the tautness (and possible skin damage)? Avoiding the wound obviously until it's completely healed! If this was my legs, I'd be applying Dermol ("an antimicrobial and emollient (softening and moisturising) treatment") but I'm not sure if softening the skin will do more harm than good in this situation.
You know you're wired when...
You make store alarms beep.
I had a pacemaker when I was 11. I never once thought I wasn't a 'normal kid' nor was I ever treated differently because of it. I could do everything all my friends were doing; I just happened to have a battery attached to my heart to help it work.